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Kobanova - Electronic Press Kit

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2024 Highlights

  • Steamhouse Lounge Oysterfest | 2.24.24

  • Support for Robert Jon & the Wreck - Smith's Olde Bar Music Room | 2.28.24

  • VaHi Spring Concert Series Headline | Howell Park | 3.16.24

  • Porchfest Headliner | Virginia Highlands | 5.18.24

  • Summerfest 2024 | Howell Park | 6.9.24

w/ Stop Light Observations, Mo Lowda and the Humble, and the Vegabonds

  • Appearances at University of Georgia, University of Alabama, Georgia Tech

  • Season 3 of Peach Jam Podcast by GPB Studios | Airing 7.19.24

2023 Highlights

  • Headline EP Release (Sold Out) | Smiths Olde Bar Atlanta Room | 4.21.23

  • Featured Act at Virginia Highland's Porchfest 2023 | 5.20.23

  • Support for Virginia Man (Sold Out) | Smiths Olde Bar Music Room | 8.19.23

  • Candler Park Fall Fest 2023 | 10.1.23

  • Taste and Brews Festival 2023 | 10.15.23

  • Support for The Vegabonds | Terminal West | 12.15.23



Kobanova is a folk rock and alternative music experience created by Jimmy Riemer, Wes Bacastow, and Chris Dickson. The three longtime musicians met as students at the University of Georgia and spent two years developing their eclectic sound before releasing their first single Far From Home in the Fall of 2019.  The group had a strong rise in Athens, Georgia, and headlined their first show at the 40 Watt Club in February 2020. 

 In the summer of 2022, Kobanova established a new center of gravity in Atlanta, Georgia, and introduced Ripken Walker (drums) and Owen Eaton (bass guitar) as the new constants in their live ensemble.  Over the next 18 months, the group released a slew of singles and their first EP, For Better or Worse, which was accompanied with a sold-out release show at Smith's Olde Bar in April 2023.  Building off their EP's success, they earned spots in several music festivals and supported acts The Vegabonds and Virginia Man on shows in Atlanta. The trio concluded the year releasing their self-titled album, Kobanova, comprising all of their singles released from 2019 to 2023 into a fully remastered LP.

2024 is proving to be another heart pumping year for the Atlanta band. They released three special, live recordings filmed on camera at 800 East Studios featuring guest performances by friends Thomas Avery (organ) and Jacob Selvaggi (saxophone). Kobanova then made its first appearance in Atlanta's longstanding food & music festival Oysterfest and followed up by joining Robert Jon and the Wreck on tour dates in Atlanta and Athens. 

The band believes in making each show a captivating experience and regularly brings on guest performers to breathe new life into their original music.  For the remainder of the year, they will split their time between a busy live show schedule and recording their sophomore album which is set to release in late 2024.   


Summerfest 2024 | Howell Park

For Better or Worse | Live at Terminal West

Candler Park Fall Fest


Press Release

Atlanta, GA | October 19, 2023: Kobanova delivers another classic, yet refreshing take on alternative rock music. The trio met at the University of Georgia and began playing music together in 2019. After graduating, Chris Dickson, Wes Bacastow, and Jimmy Riemer continued their musical journey in Atlanta making a big splash in 2023 with their single “The Hunt” from their EP “For Better or Worse”.  “KOBANOVA (Fly High)” is the final song to be released in advance of the forthcoming self-titled album, “Kobanova”, which will be a re-release album featuring all of Kobanova’s existing catalog fully remastered for smooth, continuous listening.


The single, KOBANOVA (Fly High), is inarguably Kobanova’s most thoughtfully written song to date. The track opens with a dramatically understated guitar piece from Wes Bacastow drawing you in before Jimmy Riemer’s powerful vocals set in strong with the iconic hook, “My phone says I got home at 4:00 AM”. Chris Dickson eloquently arrives on the track with charismatic piano flourishes giving off Billy Joel inspirations. In under a minute, the song expands from one acoustic instrument to a massive collection of voices, guitars, piano, and percussion all perfectly mixed and blended to satisfy even the most hardcore audiophiles. “KOBANOVA (Fly High)” - or simply ‘Fly High’ for short - may ultimately become the genre defining track for the band, as they infuse elements of reggae rock, emo/punk, and traditional pop into their foundational soulful country-rock sound.

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"Vocally it's one that'll have you captivated within moments of the first word being spoken, they're so warm and inviting to any new listener. It's so charming and the twinkling piano tones especially contributes so well to the overall sound. I can easily see this being performed in front of thousands of people, it's got that certain Summer Festival feel about it."

Plastic Magazine

"The song’s energy gradually builds, adopting a light groove and introducing instantly catchy melodic leads. However, it’s in the chorus that the song truly takes flight. The addition of crunchy guitar tones, the vocal contributions of guitarist Wes Bacastow and the bouncy piano chords courtesy of Chris Dickson create a sensational and truly captivating sonic experience"

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What's Next

  • Athfest Music Festival | 6.21.24

  • Smith's Olde Bar Music Room Headliner | 7.19.24

  • Second Album Release | TBD 2024


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