Jobi Riccio is a Nashville based songwriter and performer originally hailing from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Inspired by artists ranging from George Jones to Joni Mitchell, she writes songs that meld classic country sounds with modern sensibilities, aiming to turn classic tropes of the genre on its head.
She has received acclaim for her writing, including winning the 2019 NewSong Music Competition, performing at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, receiving the 2019 Lee Villiare Scholarship from her alma mater Berklee College of Music, and being named a finalist in the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter's Showcase. An active member of the burgeoning queer country scene, Riccio opened for beloved pioneer Lavender Country this past spring and showcased at the 2022 Queerfest (formally known as Queerfolk fest) in Nashville in July.
Her previous release, EP "Strawberry Wine" (2019), is an ode to the women of classic country and bluegrass she grew up learning to sing from. Her debut album, "Whiplash" (out 2023 on Yep Roc Records), follows in similar footsteps but introduces more modern influences, drawing from indie rock and Americana while still holding space for Riccio's love for all decades of country music.