Today, Zephaniah OHora releases "We Planned To Have It All" (listen/share), the third and final single to be shared in advance of his forthcoming studio album, 'Listening To The Music,' out August 28 on Last Roundup Records. The song is a classic honky-tonk country ballad that makes peace with loss and change.
Listening To The Music' was written and recorded in Zephaniah OHora's adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY where prior to the pandemic he curated the music and frequently performed at Brooklyn traditional country music epicenter, Skinny Dennis. The 12-track collection proves that great country music can come from anywhere. The recording was produced by Neal Casal (who would tragically pass away not long after mixing was completed) along with a virtuosic band, including guitarist John Lee Shannon, pedal steel guitarist Jon Graboff, keyboardist Roy Williams, bassist Jeff Hill and drummer Arthur Vint along with special guests like Dori Freeman, Mickey Raphael and Norm Hamlet from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's bands, respectively.
The end result fuses timeless twang with modern sensibilities, tipping its cap to the likes of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings as it explores a distinctly urban, 21st-century landscape through a classic country lens. The album ultimately speaks to the power of music to bind us to our past and reinvent our future—a lush, intoxicating celebration of melody and memory that connects the considerable miles between Bakersfield and Brooklyn.
Zephaniah OHora 'Listening To The Music'
Available August 28 on Vinyl, CD & Digital Formats