Jeremy Pinnell and his Americana peers head for the Springs 

click to enlarge Kentucky’s Jeremy Pinnell, named one of Rolling Stone’s “New Country Artists You Need to Know,” will bring his rootsy, honky-tonk country to the Triple Nickel. - MICHAEL WILSON
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  • Kentucky’s Jeremy Pinnell, named one of Rolling Stone’s “New Country Artists You Need to Know,” will bring his rootsy, honky-tonk country to the Triple Nickel.
Perhaps it’s to be expected with summer officially here and Independence Day quickly approaching, but folks, the country artists just keep showing up. This week’s concert offerings feature a slew of acts from all across the Americana-to-pop spectrum.

While they may not quite be household names like, say, Clint Black or Pam Tillis, who both passed through two weeks ago, this could be a good chance to catch some up-and-comers so you can later pretend that you knew them way back when.

Kicking things off is Koe Wetzel’s arrival in town. The Stephenville, Texas-based singer and his eponymous band are currently in the midst of a festival-heavy summer tour, which stops at the Black Sheep on Wednesday, June 27. Wetzel, a former college athlete, draws inspiration from country and rock sources — shouting out the likes of pop-punk bands Blink-182 and Modern Baseball — and the stylings on his 2017 LP Noise Complaint tend to be just rough enough for the alt-country crowd and smooth enough for the pop-country crowd. How does one pull that off? It’s a tricky alchemy, to be sure. Jacob Christopher and Fire Line play in support.

The River Arkansas, of course, need little introduction to local music fans. The Mike Clark-fronted Americana act is a regional-and-beyond favorite and brims with local connections (not least of all that, as of January of this year, they are represented by Scott O’Malley & Associates). Clark and company play Pueblo’s Brues Alehouse on Friday, June 29, joined by Chela Lujan, and follow up with a stop at Ivywild School on Saturday, June 30. And if all that’s not enough, he has an EP release with songwriter Willy Tea Taylor coming out on July 7.

Now, while we already established that the Fourth of July is coming up, please don’t set off fireworks. Everything nice around you will almost certainly burn down. As a compromise, consider checking out Falcon Freedom Days on Saturday, June 30 — there’s a fireworks show you can enjoy, and the musical segment of the evening comes courtesy of Nashville-via-Fort Collins-based country-rocker Bryan Thomas & The Mercenaries, whose 2016 LP is titled Burn It to the Ground. Sound fair? Thomas’ sound blends outlaw country, the heaviest of Southern rock and plenty of rowdiness.

Finally, if you’re a fan of the rootsier, honky-tonk variety of country, you absolutely shouldn’t miss Jeremy Pinnell at the Triple Nickel Tavern on Sunday, July 1. The Kentucky singer-songwriter, who is also currently on an extensive West Coast summer tour, earned rave reviews for his debut 2015 LP, OH/KY from such diverse media outlets as Popmatters, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Seattle’s KEXP-FM. His 2017 follow-up LP, Ties of Blood and Affection, kept the critical response coming, with Rolling Stone calling Pinnell “stellar” and featuring him on a list of “New Country Artists You Need to Know.”

Incidentally, critical notice from Rolling Stone is probably the main reason why we all know Sturgill Simpson’s name today, and guess to whom they compared Pinnell? Joining Pinnell at the Triple Nickel show are Hang Rounders, Adam Hooks, JD Korpitz and Josephine the Singer.

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