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The Pinkerton Raid

200 East Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915
200 East Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915


  • Date(s): July 5, 2018 to July 5, 2018
  • Event Time(s): 10:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

Near the start of The Pinkerton Raid’s fourth full-length album, WHERE THE WILDEST SPIRITS FLY, songwriter Jesse James DeConto asks, “Where’s the star to lead us home?” And the answer, over and over again, in a repeating cycle of realistic truth-telling and undeterred hope, is simply this: We sing together.

For nearly three years, Jesse and other band members have been leading barroom sing-alongs back home in North Carolina, gravitating toward the songs that have soundtracked social movements since the 1940s: Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” “What the World Needs Now,” made famous by Dionne Warwick, and countless songs by Dylan, Guthrie and Seeger.

Rather than chasing a particular sound, Jesse worked with producer David Wimbish (The Collection) and engineer Jeff Crawford (Skylar Gudasz) at Arbor Ridge Studios to serve the melodies and invite the listener to sing along. Drummer/trumpeter Scott McFarlane, bassist Jon DePue, saxophonist Tony Sali and guitarist/percussionist Steven DeConto form the core of the band, and the new recordings capture the sing-along vibe with a choir joining in on the catchy choruses.

The Pinkerton Raid has shared stages with The Ballroom Thieves, Annabelle’s Curse, Forlorn Strangers, Lowland Hum, Noah Gundersen and Denison Witmer. The release of TOLERANCE ENDS, LOVE BEGINS in 2017 brought the band from Durham to Chicago to Washington DC, with slots at the Festival for the Eno and Shakori Hills, a session at DAYTROTTER and critical acclaim from PASTE, NO DEPRESSION, POPDOSE, AQUARIAN WEEKLY and more.

The title of the new album is a lyric from the song “Thin Places,” conjuring the Celtic idea of an earth charged with spirit. These songs were shaped by wanderings from the South to the Midwest to northern New England, and the band will bring them back on the road in 2018, in search of more thin places.


The Pinkerton Raid