Oklahoma native Paxton Pennington debuts soaring single 'On the Weekend'
Soak in the soaring energy of Oklahoma native Paxton Pennington's new single "On the Weekend," which he describes as "my take at a shimmery guitar-based cross between Sam Fender and Ryan Adams while taking lyrical inspiration from the likes of Tom Petty."
"Now 24 years old, I've begun to develop a unique sound that is embodied in this song. The romanticized hooks in the chorus pull inspiration from the great songwriters of the '70s and blend it with the modern production expectations of 2020," Pennington tells me in an email.
Like so many other musicians, Pennington - a Norman native now mostly based in New York City - had to change his 2020 plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new song was recorded and mixed by Kendal Osborne in Oklahoma at Closet Studios, with measures taken to protect from COVID-19.
"This track was recorded over the summer in several socially distant sessions in Tulsa ... and brought back to New York for finishing touches and mastering with Sterling Sound. I've spent this year working between New York City and Norman, fitting in time for my music whenever possible," he says.
"This track was meant to come out earlier in the year as a string of upcoming single releases, however like most things in 2020, this has been pushed back. With this track and others to follow, I've taken time during this year to refine my songwriting and expand into new sound spaces where I haven't been on prior musical efforts. I'm excited for this new chapter in my musical journey and look forward to sharing these sounds with others."
"On the Weekend" is the second release in a chain of singles Pennington plans to release in 2020-2021, following the relatable "Honey."
This post is part of Oklahoma Music Week here on BAM's Blog, a look at how Oklahoma musicians have been been handling the pandemic and some of the projects they've been working over the past few months. Please follow along and support local musicians and venues in whatever way you can.