Arlo McKinley

Baby's All Right - Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY


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Baby's Presents: Arlo McKinley

Supported by Nate Bergman (solo)

+ Doors @ 6.30PM

~+ Show @ 7PM

~~+ 21+


Arlo McKinley:
Music has always had special meaning for McKinley. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he
started singing in Baptist church when he was eight. At home, the family record collection included everything from George Jones to Otis Redding. As a teen, inspired by his dad and uncle, who played guitars in church, Arlo learned some power chords and  figured out every song on the first Social Distortion album. “From there, I taught myself,” he says.

But a full-time music career was still years away. Through his twenties and early thirties, he worked at a record store, gigged with a duo called The Great Depression and “dabbled in songwriting.” Weirdly, it wasn't until he found himself in what seemed like a dead-end job delivering tuxedos that he decided to pursue music. “I did that for years, driving from Cincinnati to Detroit and back, but it gave me a lot of time to think and listen to music. That's when I started writing the songs that led to up to what I'm doing now.”

He self-released his first album, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound, in 2014 when
he was thirty-five. It may have seemed he was getting a late start. But he entered the
game almost fully-formed, without any immature or embarrassing skins to shed. He
says, “I wouldn't have been able to write about what I'm writing now or been very relatable if I hadn't lived the thirty-something years before I started writing.”

Like his last album Die Midwestern – which Rolling Stone praised for its “songs of
heartbreak, restlessness and hard-won experience” and NPR called “personal and
moving” - the latest was cut at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with an ace
band that includes drummer Ken Coomer, guitarist Will Sexton and keyboardist Rick
Steff. McKinley says, “That studio is like a time capsule. There's just a feel where you
can tell there's been some great stuff made in there - Elvis, Jerry Lee, Roy Orbison.
Really though, more than the studio, it's the band and the producer.”

Venue Information:

Baby's All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Bar & Restaurant open at 6pm every night
J/M/Z to Marcy Avenue
L to Bedford Avenue
Garage parking one block west on Broadway

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Baby's All Right - Brooklyn

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, 11211

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Arlo McKinley

Nate Bergman (solo)