WNKU | Local Discovery of the Month: Ona
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01 Aug Local Discovery of the Month: Ona

Ona – its a town in West Virginia, an incredibly talented band from the same area, and now our Local Discovery for the month of August. 

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been championing this band since 2015. Joni Deutsch, host of A Change of Tune and assistant producer for NPR’s Mountain Stage, said this about the band’s earlier single:

“While we were focusing on the biggest and brightest releases out of London, New York and Los Angeles, a little ol’ band from little ol’ Huntington, W.Va. has been able to craft a debut single that knocks all else out of the water.All Songs Considered fans recognized this, picking Ona’s single “Ides of July” as one of their favorite musical discoveries of 2015 (so far) — and for good reason. It’s an expansive piece from the five-piece band, an indie-rock/alt-folk symphony that seamlessly captures a sense of wanderlust. The band’s self-proclaimed “What Would Neil Young Do?” work ethic certainly lays the foundation for the song’s catchiness. So does brilliant production by American Minor guitarist turned West Virginia music magician Bud Carroll on this track from Ona’s upcoming debut album, American Fiction. I have no doubt that the band will have even more brilliant rock orchestrations for our wanting ears.” (source: http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-indie-rockers-ona-change-tune-featured-nprs-heavy-rotation).

Tune in to WNKU throughout August to hear the latest from Ona’s full release, American Fiction — and watch the video of their live performance at Studio89 of their song “Sleep, Rinse, Repeat” below…

Support for the Local Discovery monthly series is provided by High Street . Video by Rebel Pilgrim Creative Agency. High Street (intro) music courtesy of Dawg Yawp.