Oh, Jeremiah

Oh, Jeremiah

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Oh, Jeremiah is the musical cocktail of the musings and tall tales of singer/songwriter Jeremiah Stricklin. Combining elements of intricate string arrangements, clever hooks, and foot-tapping instrumental work, Oh, Jeremiah is pushing the boundaries of modern pop music and Americana alike.

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Biography

Oh, Jeremiah is the musical cocktail of the musings and tall tales of singer/songwriter Jeremiah Stricklin. Each of his songs is filled with the distinct characteristics of the Deep Southern culture that hes called home for so long. The familiar people and places that he has always known are now the invisible forces that populate his songs simultaneously uplifting and haunting his person musically. His pace, his love of face-to-face conversation, and his enjoyment of wasting an afternoon sitting on a front porch have all given him and his music a flavor worth savoring. In short, he can be considered the 21st Century Tom Sawyer; the friend you would be willing to paint a fence for or take a leap of faith with if you had to run away from the real world.

His debut performance, a shaking, shuffling rendition of Elvis Presleys You Aint Nothin but a Hound Dog, while holding a glitter-glued, paper-plate guitar, took place at a kindergarten talent show. After a crushing third-place finish, Jeremiah Stricklin swore to never be third again. His musical journey really took off when he was 11 years old and received a hand-me-down guitar from his father. He learned to play guitar before he even learned to ride a bike. Out of all of the hobbies he pursued, music just never went away. One of the first inspirations that shaped his musical passion was seeing the video of Blink 182s Whats My Age Again and thinking, I want to be as old as they are and as happy as they appear. Their album Take Off your Pants and Jacket was the first album he bought with his own money. Stricklin pursued his love of music at the University of Southern Mississippis School of Music. It was during this time that another milestone in his artistic development came while hearing The Nationals Fake Empire on their Boxer album: the words drew him in more than the music. I dont know what hes talking about but I believe it. I want these things to be universal because I feel it, he says of the album. Thus, the two components of Oh Jeremiah were finally in place: the technical complexity of music and lyrical depth.

These two attributes are what have shaped the sound and presentation of Oh, Jeremiah. They have drawn him to musical influences such as Josh Ritter, Shovels and Rope, and Ryan Adams. Stricklins music can best be described as Americana with elements of whimsy and gentle seriousness. He is drawn toward artists who demonstrate vulnerability and a genuine connection with their audience, both lyrically and in performance. He avoids the current simplicity of Pop music, and instead rather pursues exploring the richness of various instrumentation in his songs and his shows. Although this is Stricklins debut solo project, it has been his experiences with multiple bands over the last five years that has inspired and brought him to this place.

And whether you listen to Oh, Jeremiah on car speakers or see him in a crowded venue, you will leave the moment as if you just had a great conversation with a good friend. As one listener once said after a show, I feel like Ive known you my entire life. And thats what Oh Jeremiah shoots for with this project. As with any relationship, there is the thing that attracts you and then the thing that keeps you. For Stricklin, his stage presence and energetic performance is what may draw you to sit down and listen. His lyrics are what will keep you around.

Lyrics

Better Man

Written By: Oh,Jeremiah, Jeremiah

I was born my father’s son and every single day since, every single
day I’ve been
Falling on my knees for something I can’t see and someone that I’d like to be
I’ve been playing my part on a mediocre stage and lately I’m afraid to change
I’ve got all my lines rehearsed but what makes it worse: I don’t like the roll I’ve learned

I’ve got time and space and a pocket full of change with a head full of bad ideas
In the time that it takes to learn from my mistakes I will be a better man

Yesterday I woke up in a cold, cold sweat; hungry for second best
But today that wasn’t good enough; not good enough at all
Today I woke up ten feet tall
I’m breaking down the building, I’m tearing down these walls in the empty
mansion that I’m made of

I’ve got time and space and a pocket full of change with a head full of bad ideas
In the time that it takes to learn from my mistakes I will be a better man

I’ve got fight left, I’ve got bookshelves that I will fill with my stories
If you’re watching, if you’re listening, you’ll see this one unfolding.

I’ve got time and space and a pocket full of change with a head full of bad ideas
In the time that it takes to learn from my mistakes I will be a better man

Happy Now

Written By: Oh,Jeremiah, Jeremiah

I lately can't sleep until the sun is wide awake
I've been in between dreams and I'm seeing myself in a different way
When you left town, my heart was a wreck
and you found out you could be with someone else didn't you?

I hope you're happy now
and I hope he treats you well
I hope you're happy now
but maybe time will only kiss and tell
it wasn't written in the stars it was written on our hearts and you were the one with a pen
and maybe we could take the time and it could be alright to see one another again
I hope you're happy now, really, I do

I heard the wedding was sweet but it's wrong to take pictures in that kind of place
But I heard everything, the words were hidden in a grape vine and thrown in my face
But I found out I could be with someone else
and you found out you could leave a wretched mess, ain't it true?

I hope you're happy now
and I hope he treats you well
I hope you're happy now
but maybe time will only kiss and tell
it wasn't written in the stars it was written on our hearts and you were the one with a pen
and maybe we could take the time and it could be alright to see one another again
I hope you're happy now, really, I do

My face may look different but my heart is the same
our story can still play out but the characters may change
So from all of us back here at home, we'd just like to say
we don't always miss you, darling, but we all have our days

We hope you're happy now
and we hope he treats you well
we hope you're happy now
but maybe time will only kiss and tell
it wasn't written in the stars it was written on our hearts and you were the one with a pen
and maybe we could take the time and it could be alright to see one another again
We hope you're happy now, really, we do.

Discography

Tall Tales and Tiny Fables (EP)

Our Very Own Kingdom (EP)

Set List

Two Animals
Better Man
The Scariest Thing
Circles
Beautiful Monster
Walter
Talking Underwater
Mississippi, I'm Yours
Scenic Route
Happy Now
Trains