Up-and-coming outlaw country artist Gethen Jenkins is set to release his debut album, Western Gold, via RED MUSIC/Five Music, Friday, July 26.
The former U.S. Marine who served for eight years during Operation Iraqi Freedom, exclusively premiered his debut single “Bottle In My Hand” on Billboard, catching the attention of the music industry with his captivating story: “I made a promise to myself when I went overseas with a bunch of people from my platoon." "We promised that we were gonna give music a shot when we got back…So we did.”
Recorded in Nashville’s Spunik Studio, Jenkins was in good company while creating the album, landing 4-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell as the producer. Powell is known for his work with Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Buddy Guy, and more. Jenkins praises Powell saying, “He’s a freaking genius,” and, ”an amazing guy to work with.” The full-length album showcases Jenkins’ songwriting on each track while highlighting the whiskey-soaked honkytonk sound Jenkins grew up on, citing Haggard, Billy Joe Shaver, Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, and even Pearl Jam as his greatest influences.
The theme of using drinking as a remedy of heartache is at the forefront of the album with tracks like “Bottle In My Hand,” “Whiskey Bound,” and “Me, My Bottle and Nothing But Time” following suit. The singer-songwriter also celebrates strong women in tracks “Maintenance Man” and “Strength of a Woman,” highlighting the power a warm touch of a woman holds.
His newest single “Basket Case” was released today, June 21. The track was inspired by his time in the Marine Corps, leaving the military and feeling relatable to a basket case motorcycle (a motorcycle built from scrap pieces). Listen to "Basket Case" here.
To purchase tickets for his upcoming tour dates, see Jenkins’ official website.
See Jenkins' upcoming tour dates below.
June 19 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
June 20 - Nashville, TN @ Whiskey Jam
June 21 - Springfield, MO @ Southbound Bar & Grill
June 22 - Riverton, IL @ The Backroom Lounge
June 23 - Chicago, IL @ The Day In The Country at The Hideout*
June 27 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
June 28 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Museum Club
June 29 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Flagstaff Pro Rodeo (FREE with Rodeo Admission ticket)
June 30 - Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer
July 4 - Trabuco Canyon, CA @ Nuvsion Freedom Ride at Cook’s Corner Bar
July 11 - Los Osos, CA @ Sweet Springs Saloon
July 12 - June Lake, CA @ T-Bar Social Club
July 13 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
July 14 - Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon Santa Clarita
July 20 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
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