Pressing Strings

Origin: Annapolis, Maryland

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Genres: acoustic rock, Blues, folk pop, funk, go-go, Roots Rock

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Pressing Strings is a trio based out of the musically fertile roots scene of Annapolis, Maryland. Lead singer Jordan Sokel’s soulful, bluesy songwriting and slide and fingerpicking guitar technique are the hook. His warm vocals recall Glen Hansard and even Jesse Colin Young when he hits a nice falsetto. The solid and dynamic rhythm section is anchored by drummer Brandon Bartlett and bassist Nick Welker, their musical influences span genres and generations. You can tell they know the regional sinewy, syncopated go-go beat that originated from the Washington DC area in the mid-1960s and still informs funk and hip-hop.

All three members grew up basically on the Mason-Dixon line, in the shadow of Appalachia near the Chesapeake River. Rootsy and organic, funky and melodic, their last record, Life of a Tree was released in November 2014. They recorded a few tracks at Burley Oak Brewery and those songs are included on their new release titled Owe The Source.

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