Arlo McKinley Releases Chilling Live Versions Of “Once Again” And “The Hurtin’s Done”

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Arlo McKinley.

That’s it. That’s the article.

Not really, but damn, he’s one of the best in the business right now, and surely doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves.

He recently did a few stripped-down, live performances of some of his songs, like the bone-chilling track “Once Again” from his incredible 2020 album, Die Midwestern.

His gritty, soulful voice commands attention and his lyrics are essentially poetry. “Once Again” details all the feelings of starting a new relationship and hoping it will be something beautiful and worth while:

“You say your eyes put fear in mens’ lives
Well, maybe that’s true
But not for me
‘Cause it’s love that I see
When your arms round my neck
And I’m holding on to you”

He also did one for haunting track “The Hurtin’s Done,” which is equally as good. He reveals his personal struggles with substance abuse and self-medicating with alcohol in a way that’s heartbreakingly honest.

If you want to be hit hard in your feels today, check these out:

“Once Again”

“The Hurtin’s Done”

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