Luke Grimes may have made his name playing a much-loved rancher in Kevin Costner's hit TV series, Yellowstone, but he's now translating his charismatic cowboy persona into his music career.
His latest single, ‘Oh Ohio’, epitomises his penchant for sparse, traditional-leaning country music, and it continues in the same stripped-back vein of his debut release, ‘No Horse To Ride’.
It cleverly opens with a flurry of questions seemingly directed at a despondent lover, before the chorus reveals Grimes is actually singing to his home state of Ohio.
‘No Horse To Ride’ swiftly made its way onto the hugely popular Yellowstone soundtrack, which has also featured songs from the likes of Lainey Wilson, Cody Jinks and Zach Bryan.
Grimes certainly seems to be drawing inspiration from the raw, unpolished production style that underpins Bryan's sound.
Yellowstone's music supervisor, Andrea von Foerster, will no doubt be keeping ‘Oh Ohio’ in mind for the upcoming return of Yellowstone Season 5, Part 2.
The new track, which serves as Grimes’ bittersweet parting words to his childhood home, finds the singer-songwriter wondering whether things would've been different if he'd never left (“I could stay a little longer / And try to find the spark / But I'd be like them fireflies / Burned out in them jars / Guess we are who we are”).
Following his high-profile role in Yellowstone, Grimes signed with UMG Nashville towards the end of 2022, and the Ohio native is currently readying his eagerly anticipated debut album.
The project is expected to feature both ‘No Horse To Ride’ and ‘Oh Ohio’.