2018’s Prairie Flower EP melded Katie Jo’s windswept Kansas roots with California country and features both boot-stomping rompers and mournful country ballads. The OC Weekly praised the project saying it "reflects Oberthaler’s quirky and charming lyrical abilities [...] which moves between rowdy, bluegrass rippers to warmhearted ballads with a classic country feel."
Katie Jo’s next full-length album, produced by Chris Schlarb, was recorded at Big Ego Studios. The album was recorded in the tradition of country records past, with a live backing band in one room, in just three days. It will be released in spring 2021.