Last year, while trying to make sense of an increasingly confusing world around him, Zach Pietrini wrote a ton of songs. With a songbook bursting with new material written since 2017’s Holding Onto Ghosts, the Milwaukee singer-songwriter took a listener up on a generous offer to record in their Colorado studio. The product of that out-of-town artistic endeavor was Denver Sessions. Less than a year removed from that septet of satisfying B-sides, Pietrini is prepared to release even more material he recorded beyond state lines.

On Friday, September 27, the well-traveled troubadour will put out The Nashville EP. As the name would suggest, Pietrini recorded the two-track release at Dark Horse Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Former Low Down Sound front man Brad Lee Curtis engineered and mixed the EP, along with Kyle White (who contributed drums, keys, and electric guitar to the album). Though its run time is short, The Nashville EP covers a wide range of topics in less than seven minutes. Lead single, “Like The Pain,” is an emotional take on Americana that also incorporates some subtle electronic elements. Pietrini says the track “takes a look at depression, getting well, and trusting those around you.”

Following The Nashville EP‘s release, The Zach Pietrini Band will perform throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri as part of his “Midwest Mayhem Tour” that will start October 3 and wrap up on November 9. While you wait to see where he’ll record next, enjoy “Like The Pain” below.

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