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Oliver John-Rodgers, known under his moniker OJR, is a Virginia native who currently calls Nashville home. Growing up surrounded by country, bluegrass, and folk music admidst the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rodgers, born in 1992, also fostered an early love for the decade’s grunge/alt-rock scene, garnering early influences from groups like Nirvana and Cracker. Breaking from the more straight-ahead folk singer-songwriter sound from his first two releases, his dichotomy of influences lean heavily on the fuzzy, alt-rock side on his latest record Nashville Demos, but still mutate into different pools of sound that are wholly OJR. He brought that spectrum of inspiration to KUTX’s broadcast at the Four Seasons; this recording of “Sad Pony” is a blues-rock jam with a folk tongue, full of blood-pumping solos and dressed with lyrics tailored specifically to our audience.
-Taylor Wallace // host, Thursday 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. & Saturday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News