Myron Elkins didn’t set

out to become a full-time

musician. After graduating

from high school, the then 17-year-

old instead became a welder in his

hometown of Otsego, Michigan and

had every intention of making that his

career. However, fate had other plans.

Three years ago, a relative signed

him up for a battle of the bands at a

local venue, despite the fact Elkins’

only prior experience with live music

was playing at church and a few bars

in the small Michigan town where

he grew up. With just three weeks’

notice, Elkins put a band together

featuring three of his cousins and a

friend. Although the group didn’t win

(they came in second), the experience

opened Elkins’ eyes to a very different

career path.

Now, at 21 years old, he’s poised

to become one of music’s most

intriguing new artists with the

release of his Dave Cobb-produced

debut album, Factories, Farms

& Amphetamines, via Elektra/

Low Country Sound. Across the

album’s ten tracks, Elkins crafts

sharp observations informed by his

working-class upbringing, infusing his

music with rich personal experience.

“I actually wrote a lot of these songs

on the album in my head while I was

welding,” he says. “I just loved to

play and write all of the time. Finding

people who want to do that with you

isn’t always easy, but we made it

work. And with this bunch of songs, it

made it all worth it.”