In 2014, OJR left the concrete jungles of Brooklyn for Paris, where he continued recording singer-songwriter material (à la Elliott Smith
, Bright Eyes
) on a 4-track recorder, before settling briefly in London. After several months abroad, OJR returned to New York, then quickly relocated to Nashville in October 2014. Drawing from his recent travels and eager to leave behind the quieter, mostly acoustic approach on which he fashioned his folksinger identity to date, OJR soon began piecing together his next collection of songs: an ambitious rock-‘n’-roll full-length, self-produced entirely on the Apple software GarageBand, titled Nashville Demos (2015).
Nashville Demos proved to be OJR’s final DIY effort, as he followed that up with his first studio release, 2017’s Acid Cowboy EP: a blend of psych-rock and Americana, tracked to tape at Nashville's Welcome to 1979.