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Pressing Strings

Pressing Strings is an American musical trio based out of Maryland’s capital city Annapolis . The music has elements of Folk, Rock, Soul, Blues but is not defined by any of these genres. It is the ongoing project of lead singer/songwriter Jordan Sokel, who formed the band in 2007 and wrote around a changing cast of musicians until he landed firmly with bassist Nick Welker and drummer Brandon Bartlett. As a trio the band continues to develop a sound that is uniquely theirs, yet vaguely familiar of many classic musical acts spanning decades and styles from the 60’s to present day. It is organic, and groovy, with a strong sense of beauty and lyricism that carries the music. Skribe travels from town to town in a blue hearse spreading their own blend of garage folk: a soulful sound that draws from roots Americana & the 60's garage spirit. The bands' latest release 'Postcards' rumbles & creaks from the blues punk growl of 'Mayonnaise & Honey' to the Hawaiian lapsteel laced ballad 'Strangers' - a tribute to The Kinks.

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Skribe plays an oil can called a canjo-zookie. It’s an eight-string guitar with a biting, blues-y rasp. Skribe’s got the voice (and the old-school Cadillac) to match. Accompanying himself on the suitcase-kick and hi-hat, Skribe’s “M.I.Y.” is a barn-burning roots number.

- Ben Naddaff-Hafrey NPR

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If Chris Stapleton can find a way to win four CMA Awards in 2015, then maybe there’s hope that the country community will be smart and adopt SKRIBE and his oil-can “canjo-zooki" too. With gauged ears and a suitcase for a kick-drum, he’s exactly the kind of phoenix a burning-alive country industry needs right now.

- Bryce Rudow Editor in Chief at Random Nerds