Jobi Riccio Thrives On Whiplash

New Clip Jobi Riccio

Jobi Riccio – A New Luminary

The Title Song From ‘Whiplash’

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Jobi Riccio has some presence, a multi-layered voice winning on many levels.

Her debut album Whiplash (on Yep Roc Records) was written over several formative and tumultuous years in Riccio’s late teens and early twenties, a revelatory coming-of-age story tackling many issues. Riccio grapples directly with her queerness for the first time on the record, baring her truest self.

“When I was writing these songs, I kept coming back to this image of someone slamming on the breaks in a car crash and this idea of emotional whiplash. That rush of stress and adrenaline felt similar to what I was experiencing as I emotionally processed my adolescence – almost as if I was being jerked around by one big life change after another.”

Jobi Riccio

Born and raised in Morrison, Colorado, a tourist town in the foothills outside of Denver with a vibe all its own, that is also home to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Riccio fell in love with country and roots music at an early age. She headed east for college but moved back home in March of 2020. She has performed at Sundance and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, took top honours in the 2019 NewSong Music Competition and won the John Prine Songwriter fellowship at the Newport Folk Festival, as well as being named one of NPR’s Favorite New Musicians of 2023. She is now based in Nashville.

Working out of Gar Ragland’s Citizen Vinyl Studios in Asheville, North Carolina (read about our visit there), Riccio laid down basic tracks for the album in just a few days, capturing bare-bones vocals and acoustic guitar takes that she began sending out to a slew of remote collaborators in New York, Nashville, Texas, California and Colorado.

Renowned video series Western AF has just posted a raw, but hugely impressive performance of the title track “Whiplash”:

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