The Nashville-based music group Pinmonkey loves to make reference to their music as progressive country, but that moniker hardly encapsulates the group’s range. Pinmonkey has a heady mixture of nation/Americana designs: traditional Southern gospel, Appalachian folk, Carter Family members harmonizing, Muscle tissue Shoals pop-soul, and also traces of ’70s rock and roll. The music group released its debut recording, Speak No Bad, in early 2002. Lead vocalist and Virginia indigenous Michael Reynolds 1st made his method to Nashville with dreams of a profession like a Music Town songwriter. After many years of struggle and menial careers, Reynolds started carrying out small gigs for the authors’ evening circuit. He discovered musical allies in brothers Chad and Michael Jeffers (who play Dobro/lap metal and bass, respectively) and Rick Schell, a golden-throated, soprano-singing drummer who boasted stints with Steve Earle and Allison Moorer. The group’s debut record featured monitors penned by Gillian Welch and Duane Jarvis plus a solid batch of Reynolds originals. The record, along with the group’s rousing concert events, soon caught the eye of RCA Information, which agreed upon Pinmonkey soon after their self-financed debut arrived. Big Shiny Vehicles found its way to 2006.