WHISTLE PAST THE GRAVE Receives 2023 End of Year Honors
Americana Highways Readers' Poll ranks WHISTLE #1 Album of 2023
Several other top end-of-year rankings for the record
Whistle Past The Grave, Aaron's third solo record released on 9/15/23, has received multiple honors for top record of 2023.
Americana Highways readers selected Whistle Past The Grave as their pick for #1 record of the year!The record, "never loses its gnarly spirit...Skiles takes the time to write intelligent lyrics to these well-fueled pieces."
Jason Warburg of Daily Vault gave Whistle Past The Grave an honorable mention for record of the year. It, "manages to tackle serious themes without ever appearing to take itself too seriously. Like all the best parties, it leaves you thinking long afterwards about what was said."
Whistle Past the Grave follows a similar raw, rocking tone as his previous album, Wreckage From The Fire. “I do think that this record is a logical follow-up to my last record,” Skiles acknowledges. “I consulted with Patton on some of the record sequencing details and he told me that Whistle Past The Grave is ‘pretty rocking, still raw’ which is exactly what I was going for.”
Co-produced with the Bay Area’s Ben Bernstein (who also engineered), it again features the incredible lead guitar work of Taylor Hollingsworth (Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Dead Fingers), along with an assortment of other talented musicians.
Whistle Past the Grave is a prime example of the song-writing style, Skiles has been leaning into recently —short, sweet and packed with emotion. The album is a cohesive group of songs that fit well together. It’s a fast-paced tour of introspective songs taking on themes of justice, or the lack thereof, in the way that one lives their life. “When I set out to make this record, I kept thinking back to my experience releasing my previous album. It received way more critical acclaim than anything I’d previously done , and so I was a bit nervous about how Whistle Past the Grave would be received. While I’m always striving for growth, and my goal is to outdo my last work, it’s hard to know when I’ve succeeded—it takes time to know really. But I will say that I poured my heart and soul into this work. I was quite proud of what I did with the Wreckage record, and I think Whistle Past the Grave stands up to it and provides the same sort of high-energy, rocking vibe that will hopefully be accessible to those who give it a listen.”
Introducing "Keep Me," the second single from WHISTLE PAST THE GRAVE
"Keep Me" is the second single off of Aaron's upcoming album, WHISTLE PAST THE GRAVE (release date of 9/15/23). The Gratefulweb described the song as a "profound exploration of loss, love, and legacy, masterfully set to the backdrop of Skiles' raw and rocking soundscape." Aaron further explains, "This song is based on an ancient Jewish meditation for mourners. It talks about the fact that when someone is gone, the love they left behind remains. And rather than mourn their loss, pass that remaining love onto others."
Here's "Rubber Raft", the first single off WHISTLE PAST THE GRAVE
Introducing the first single, "Rubber Raft," from Aaron Skiles's upcoming album, WHISTLE PAST THE GRAVE. "Rubber Raft" tells the true story of Al Bright and his childhood experience in 1950's America. The song features the lead guitar work of Taylor Hollingsworth.