dimarts, 19 de novembre de 2019

LOS LONELY BOYS



                 




Los Lonely Boys AUSTIN, Texas – Lots of musicians compare their careers to roller-coaster rides, but Los Lonely Boys have had so many close-your-eyes-and-hang-on moments in the 14 years since they recorded their self-titled debut, they should buy an amusement park.

The story of how the Garza brothers – vocalist/guitarist Henry, bassist/vocalist Jojo, and drummer/ vocalist Ringo – rode their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. But the story of how they’ve persevered in the face of subsequent challenges is just as compelling. In 2013, they canceled 43 shows and paused work on their last album, Revelation, after Henry was seriously hurt when he fell from a stage in Los Angeles. A couple of years previously, vocal cord nodules had forced Jojo to stop singing for months. And in 2015, their mother passed away.

Their strong brotherly bond helped them through those rough spots – just as it did when they made the hard decision to step out from under their father’s musical leadership and form their own band after performing with him since childhood. The desire to follow their musical muse still drives them today, according to Jojo.

“There is no rest for those who are chosen to be musicians,” he says. “Ideas for songs are constant. We are being charged with what will be spread through our songs. We want to make music that brings people together.

“We’re all about having a good time, but we also make an effort to write about subjects that matter. Life, death, love, hate, compassion, transgression, light, darkness, truth; they’re what we’ve always been about. We’re not interested in songs about how you look and what kind of car you drive and how much money you have. We want to create music that’s about the love and energy and spirit we all carry. It comes from a bigger source than ourselves.”

That’s why they titled their 2014 release Revelation. Its songs were meant to serve as mirrors of sorts, reflecting aspects of our lives in ways that reveal new insights. “As musicians and artists,” Jojo says, “we’re here to connect with people.”

Released on their LonelyTone imprint under Austin-based indie label Playing in Traffic Records, Revelation maintains the infectiously melodic mix of bluesy rock ’n’ roll and rootsy soul that’s long endeared Los Lonely Boys to their fiercely loyal fans. Flawless harmonies and soaring solos remain trademarks, but in these songs, they explore rhythms from conjunto (“Blame It On Love”) to reggae (“Give A Little More”), along with rustic acoustic textures (“It’s Just My Heart Talkin’”) and baroque pop shadings (“There’s Always Tomorrow”).

“We’re always trying to broaden our horizons musically,” Jojo says. “We’re always looking for new ways to communicate, so we experimented with different sounds and production approaches.”

They also turned to co-writers, including Americana icon Radney Foster, pop tunesmiths Matthew Gerrard and David Quiñones, Black-Eyed Peas collaborators George Pajon Jr. and Keith Harris, and Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco.

Their scare with Henry caused all three brothers to re-examine not only how they make music, but how they conduct their lives. “The whole experience was a wake-up call,” Jojo admits. “It reminded us of what’s really important.”

Once again, they affirmed that’s family. And music. For this trio, the two are inseparable. In fact, the sons of Enrique “Ringo” Garza Sr. are a second-generation sibling band; their dad and his brothers played conjunto as the Falcones before the elder Garza formed a band with his sons.

They were still teens when he moved them to Nashville, hoping to hit career paydirt. But their big break came after they returned to Texas and began playing Austin clubs in the early 2000s. One day, Willie Nelson’s nephew heard some demos. Next thing they knew, Willie showed up at a gig. Then he showcased them at Farm Aid, fronted recording time at his famed Pedernales Studio and even guested on their album.

Released in 2003 on startup label Or Records, Los Lonely Boys got picked up by Epic and rereleased. Propelled by its No. 1 single, “Heaven,” it wound up selling over 2 million copies, spending 76 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and earning them a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.

Their dream-come-true rise was chronicled in the documentary, Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads, directed by fellow San Angelo native Hector Galán. Another dream came true when Carlos Santana invited them to guest on his 2005 album, All That I Am. They also released Live at the Fillmore that year. Their father and Nelson joined them on 2006’s Sacred, and in 2007, their cover of John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” became the second single from the album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.

Forgiven and Christmas Spirit arrived in 2008, followed in 2009 by 1969, an all-covers EP homage to rock’s most influential era and their first LonelyTone release through Playing in Traffic Records. Then they traveled to Iraq to entertain American troops and embarked on an acoustic tour, documented with the 2010 album, Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live. Rockpango came in 2011. They’re now creating follow-ups to Revelation’s musical outpouring.

If anything, Jojo says, life’s upheavals have tightened their bond even more. “We stick together,” he adds, “and we’re trying to pass on that feeling of brotherhood, of familia, in all the music we make.”

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Miembros de la banda
Henry Garza
Jo Jo Garza
Ringo Garza

Ciudad natal
San Angelo, TX

"Siempre estamos tratando de ampliar nuestros horizontes y avanzar musicalmente, y eso es algo de lo que fuimos muy conscientes al hacer este disco", afirma Jojo. "Siempre estamos buscando nuevas formas de comunicarnos y llegar a las personas, por lo que experimentamos con muchos sonidos y enfoques de producción diferentes".

Con ese fin, los hermanos también colaboraron con un elenco ecléctico de co-escritores en el ensamblaje de la docena de nuevas canciones originales que comprenden su ambum Revelation, incluido el ícono del country alternativo Radney Foster, los melódicos pop en demanda Matthew Gerrard y David Quiñones, Black-Eyed Peas los colaboradores George Pajon Jr. y Keith Harris, y Raul Pacheco de Ozomatli.

Revelation también marca el primer trabajo de grabación de Los Lonely Boys desde que Henry Garza sufrió lesiones graves en una caída desde el escenario durante una actuación en febrero de 2013 en Los Ángeles, lo que requiere un período de recuperación prolongado y continuo.

"Casi perdimos a Henry, hombre, y eso fue un gran cambio para nosotros", reconoce Jojo. “Toda la experiencia fue una llamada de atención para nosotros. Nos hizo repensar cada aspecto de nuestras vidas y nuestras carreras, y nos recordó lo que es realmente importante para nosotros ".

El sentido permanente de la unidad familiar y la relación creativa que permitió a la banda capear un evento tan devastador se ha incorporado a Los Lonely Boys desde el principio. De hecho, Henry, Jojo y Ringo han estado haciendo música juntos durante toda su vida. Su padre, Ringo Garza Sr., era miembro de otra banda de hermanos, los Falcones, que tocaron en todo el sur de Texas en los años 70 y 80. Cuando ese grupo se disolvió, Ringo Sr. se fue solo y reclutó a sus tres hijos pequeños para respaldarlo. La familia se mudó a Nashville en los años 90, y pronto Henry, Jojo y Ringo Jr. comenzaron a escribir y tocar su propio material como trío.

Después de regresar a Texas, los hermanos grabaron su álbum debut homónimo en 2003 en el estudio Pedernales de Willie Nelson en Austin, con el propio Willie como invitado en las sesiones. Aunque originalmente se lanzó en el pequeño sello Or Music, Epic Records recogió Los Lonely Boys para la distribución de los grandes sellos a principios de 2004. El álbum rápidamente le ganó a la banda una gran audiencia nacional. Su sencillo principal "Heaven" se convirtió en un éxito pop Top 20, alcanzó el puesto # 1 en la lista de adultos contemporáneos de Billboard, y finalmente ganó un premio Grammy a la mejor actuación pop de un dúo o grupo con voz.

Después de una destacada aparición como invitado en el álbum de Santana de 2005 All That I Am, Los Lonely Boys solidificó su éxito con Sacred de 2006, que trajo dos nominaciones más a los Grammy, y Forgiven de 2008, así como el espíritu navideño de Navidad. Mientras tanto, la banda continuó construyendo su reputación como un acto en vivo singularmente poderoso.

A principios de 2009, Los Lonely Boys hicieron su debut en LonelyTone / Playing in Traffic con el EP 1969 completo, seguido por Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live! Esos lanzamientos prepararon el escenario para el aclamado álbum Rockpango de 2011 de la banda y para el salto creativo hacia adelante que representa Revelation.

"Queremos hacer música que reúna a las personas, no música que las divida", afirma Jojo. "Estamos a punto de pasar un buen rato, pero también hacemos un esfuerzo para escribir sobre cosas que realmente importan. Mucha gente escribe canciones sobre cosas superficiales, como su aspecto y qué tipo de automóvil conduce y cuánto dinero tiene, pero no nos interesa eso. Queremos crear música sobre el amor, la energía y el espíritu que todos llevamos como personas ".

"Estamos muy agradecidos de que Dios bendijo a nuestra familia con un baterista, un guitarrista y un bajista, y que los tres podemos hacer música juntos", concluye Jojo. "Ha habido algunos baches en el camino aquí y allá, pero eso sucede en cualquier familia y en cualquier banda".


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dimarts, 15 d’octubre de 2019

JOHN PRINE




JOHN PRINE WIN TOP HONORS AT AMERICANA AWARDS





            

Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like, ‘Angel from Montgomery’,‘Sam Stone,’ ‘Paradise,’ and ‘Hello in There’ speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.



Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers. Performers who have recorded from his extensive catalog, include Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, George Strait, Old Crow Medicine Show, Norah Jones, Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert and many others.
“He’s so good, we’re gonna have to break his fingers,” Kris Kristofferson said after witnessing a Prine performance.
Bob Dylan remarked, “Beautiful songs... Nobody but Prine could write like that.”


But long before the awards and accolades, the concerts and many albums, John Prine trudged through snow in the cold Chicago winters, delivering mail across Maywood, his childhood suburb.


“I always likened the mail route to a library with no books,” says John Prine. “I passed the time each day making up these little ditties.”
John’s parents, William Prine and Verna Ham Prine migrated from Paradise, Kentucky in 1934, joining the many others chasing work in the industrial north. They settled in a west Chicago suburb, and raised four boys. John and his brothers – David, Doug, and Billy – grew up in a close, loving extended family where country music, the Grand ‘Ol Opry, good Southern cooking, and annual visits ‘home’ to Kentucky were as naturally part of their lives as Chicago hot dogs and baseball!


With his career spanning more than 40 years Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe.

Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.

John lives in Nashville, TN with his wife , Fiona, and enjoys spending time with their 3 sons, daughter-in-law, and grandson.




          



Brandi Carlile and John Prine were among the winners at last night’s Americana Music Association Honors & Awards in Nashville. Carlile was named Artist Of The Year, while Prine (the back-to-back reigning Artist Of The Year) won Album Of The Year for The Tree Of Forgiveness and Song Of The Year for “Summer’s End.”


Other winners last night at The Ryman Auditorium included Duo/Group Of The Year I’m With Her, Emerging Act Of The Year The War And Treaty and Instrumentalist Of The Year Chris Eldridge. The Lifetime Achievement Award For Songwriting was presented to Elvis Costello and the Lifetime Achievement Award For Performance was given to Delbert McClinton.

The Inspiration Award was bestowed upon Mavis Staples, while the Legacy of Americana Award was presented to Rhiannon Giddens and Frank Johnson. Maria Muldaur earned the Trailblazer Award and Felice & Boudleaux Bryant were given the President’s Award.



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dilluns, 14 d’octubre de 2019

BRANDI CARLILE

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 11: Brandi Carlile is seen onstage during the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 11, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)






                 


Brandi Carlile was crowned artist of the year while John Prine picked up trophies for album and song of the year at the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards, held Wednesday night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The other competitive awards went to I’m With Her for duo/group, the War and Treaty for emerging act and Chris Eldridge as instrumentalist of the year.

Carlile paid tribute to her competitors in the artist of the year category during her acceptance speech. “Rhiannon Giddens is one of the most important artists of this generation,” she said. “Kacey Musgraves did something new and special (with “Golden Hour”), and it’s really hard to do something new anymore.” Of Mavis Staples, whom she also faced in the category, Carlile said she was the artist of all time, not of the year: “She took a DNA test; it turns out she is 100 percent That Legend.”


                



Brandi Carlile, Top Honor at Americana Awards



Brandi Carlile (Ravensdale, Washington; 1 de junio de 1981) es una cantante y compositora estadounidense.1​ La música de Carlile ha sido calificada en varios géneros, incluyendo pop, rock, country alternativo, indie y folk.
Primeros años
A los ocho años, Carlile interpretó una versión de la canción country "Tennessee Flat Top Box" con su madre.2​ Empezó a tocar la guitarra y a escribir canciones a los quince años.3​ A los dieciséis años, empezó a trabajar como cantante de reserva para un imitador de Elvis.4​

Carrera
Antes de firmar para una importante discográfica, Carlile con los hermanos gemelos Tim y Phil Hanseroth, realizaron presentaciones en establecimientos locales de Seattle, como The Crocodile, Tractor Tavern, y Paragon.5​ Las presentaciones de Carlile fueron grabadas y posteriormente auto-editadas y finalmente vendidas. Carlile comenzó a atraer la atención de la industria de la música después de que Dave Matthews escuchó tocar a su banda en el 2003 en el Sasquatch! Music Festival.

Carlile firmó con Columbia Records a finales de 2004 sobre sus grabaciones realizadas en casa. En el 2005 se publicó su álbum debut, Brandi Carlile, incluyendo algunas canciones interpretadas por ella y su banda, así como también canciones nuevas. Después del lanzamiento de su álbum homónimo, se fue de gira con los hermanos Hanseroth durante casi dos años, donde trabajó en las canciones que se convertirían en parte de su álbum The Story (álbum).6​

En el año 2005, apareció en la revista Rolling Stone, en su lista "Los 10 artistas a observar en 2005".7​ Carlile había estado de gira como solistas con el apoyo de otros artistas como Ray LaMontagne, Johnny Lang, Hanson, Indigo Girls, The Fray, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, y Shawn Colvin.

Su segundo álbum con Columbia, The Story, fue lanzado en abril de 2007. Fue producido por T-Bone Burnett, e incluye una colaboración con las Indigo Girls en su canción "Cannonball". El álbum fue grabado en un máximo de 11 días que duró la reunión con Carlile, los gemelos Hanseroth, el violochelista Josh Neumann y el baterista Matt Chamberlain para capturar el sonido en sus actuaciones en directo. La grieta en la voz de Carlile durante la canción, "The Story", salió por casualidad y fue un resultado directo de la forma en que el disco fue grabado. Carlile describe la voz como "técnicamente erróneo, pero emocionalmente correcto".8​ También contribuiría a la voz de "Last Tears" de Indigo Girls de su álbum Despite Our Differences.

El ABC de Grey's Anatomy, contó con tres canciones: "Tragedy", "What Can I Say", y "Throw it All Away". En abril de 2007, Grey's Anatomy estrenó una versión del vídeo para la promoción de ésta, haciendo una intercalación de escenas del vídeo de Carlile y escenas de la serie. El episodio del 3 de mayo de 2007, un especial de dos horas del show, se presentó a Carlile interpretando la canción "Turpentine" durante la grabación del Grey's Anatomy-off, Private Practice. La canción de Carlile, "The Story" ha aparecido en un comercial de TV de General Motors que fue emitido durante los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing, así como en un comercial de Super Bock.

En noviembre de 2007, Carlile viajó a Inglaterra para su primera presentación en la frontera del Reino Unido, en Londres. En febrero de 2008, Carlile realiza como invitado especial a Newton Faulkner en cinco de sus fechas en el Reino Unido. Durante marzo y abril de 2008, Carlile realiza una gira por Australia con Maroon 5 y OneRepublic.9​ En abril de 2008 se presentó cuatro fechas en el Reino Unido y fue artistas invitada para el programa de la BBC2, Later... with Jools Holland. El álbum de Carlile, The Story, fue lanzado en el Reino Unido el 21 de abril, con el sencillo "Turpentine" publicado el 14 de abril.

Su tercer álbum Give Up the Ghost está programado para ser lanzado el 6 de octubre de 2009.10​11​ El álbum fue producido por el ganador del premio Grammy, Rick Rubin, y contiene una colaboración con Elton John, titulado "Caroline".11​

Vida personal
En una entrevista en abril de 2008 con The Independent, Carlile reveló que, cuando era una adolescente, se le diagnosticó trastorno por déficit de atención y luchó en la escuela secundaria. Con el tiempo dejó eso de lado para centrarse en una carrera musical. Ella dijo:
Ellos querían medicarme a mí para que yo pudiera concentrarme en la clase de matemáticas... me decidí a casi dejar de ir. Salí a buscar un lugar.12​
Carlile es propietaria de un Doberman llamado "Bailey" y un caballo llamado Sovereign, el nombre que ella le puso a su primera guitarra.

Durante una entrevista el 14 de noviembre de 2002 con The Western Front, el periódico oficial de la Western Washington University, Carlile se identificó como lesbiana, y declaró que no creía que fuera a afectar su contrato discográfico. Fue citada diciendo, "No necesito grandes formalismos, ha habido mucha gente antes de mí allanando el camino". Carlile ha optado por no comentar públicamente sobre su orientación sexual este último tiempo.

Carlile tiene dos tatuajes idénticos de Auryn en cada hombro y ha dicho a menudo que The Neverending Story es una de sus películas favoritas de 1980.

Brandi contrajo matrimonio con su novia, Catherine Shepherd, el 15 de septiembre de 2012.

Actualmente tiene dos hijos con la actriz; Evangeline Ruth Carlile, nacida el 15 de junio de 2014 y Elijah, que nació el 18 de marzo de 20

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dijous, 6 de juny de 2019

Americana - A two hour long compilation


        Como podéis oir en el audio el género Americana comprende una serie de artistas catalogados en algún momento de forma distinta, el espectro es tan amplio que podemos encontrar a músicos como Mark Knopfler , Emmylou Harris ó Ryan Adams ................... 
                 
   



        2hour Music Compilations



Willie Sugarcups - Mr. Lee
The Hackensaw Boys - Oh, Girl
Gillian Welch - Dry Town (Demo)
Steve Earle - Custer (Feat. The Milk Carton Kids)
Lucinda Williams - Can't Let Go
Emmylou Harris - The Travelling Kind (Feat. Rodney Crowell)
John Hiatt - Crossing Muddy Waters
Lindi Ortega - Run-down Neighborhood
John Pine - Who's Gonna Take The Garbage Out (Feat. Iris Dement)
Chip Taylor - My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (Feat. Carrie Rodriguez)
Molly Parden - Kentucky, I
Billie Joe Armstrong - Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (Feat. Norah Jones)
Dead Horses - Lay Me Down
Parker Millsap - Pining
Darlingside - Whippoorwill
The Cactus Blossoms - You're Dreaming
Syd Straw - What Am I Worth (Feat. Dave Alvin)
Aaron Lee Tasjan - Memphis Rain
Amelia Curran - Somebody Somewhere
The Bellfuries - Bad Seed Sown
Colvin & Earle - Tell Moses
Old Crow Medicine Show - Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer
Pieta Brown - Painter's Hands
Mark Knopfler - Daddy's Gone To Knoxville
Hiss Golden Messenger - Biloxi
Buddy Miller - The Train That Carried My Gal From Town (Feat. Jim Lauderdale)
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Here We Go
Billie Joe Armstrong - Long Time Gone (Feat. Norah Jones)
Goodnight, Texas - Button Your Collar
Rosanne Cash - Tell Heaven
Elephan Revival - Sing To The Mountain
Ryan Adams - Pearls On A String
Chris Smither - Take Out Some Insurance
Lera Lynn - Out To Sea
Emmylou Harris - The Boxer
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CIUDAD CRIOLLA


WELCOME ! BIENVENIDOS . 

Iniciamos nuestro post de presentación con una recomendación fundamental para el entendimiento de lo que representa el denominado género ó música americana que tan amplio abanico de criterios reune . Mejor que yo mismo os pueda explicar en CIUDAD CRIOLLA el Blog del periodista y escritor Miquel Botella Armengou, especializado en la música con raíces podéis ver estos dos artículos que reflejan ampliamente la definición de este tipo de música , en donde  según su opinión, en uno de ellos reune los cincuenta mejores discos aparecidos con esta " etiqueta " durante el año 2018  , y en el otro explica con pelos y señales el porqué  y el cuando de su emergencia surgida en los Estados Unidos hace algunos años y que cada vez va adquiriendo mayor popularidad. por nuestra parte, decir que la idea es ir ofreciendo reseñas con los artistas que consideremos más interesantes " catalogados " dentro de esta especialidad. Os emplazamos para el próximo mes de Septiembre donde vamos a dedicar toda nuestra atención a éste nuestro nuevo Blog.Muchas gracias por vuestra complicidad. Mientras tanto tampoco nos vamos ha estar parados ......... 


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Asimismo en el margen izquierdo de nuestro Blog tenéis acceso a CIUDAD CRIOLLA., muy recomendable sitio web del autor , en el cual se os ofrece toda clase de reseñas y comentarios acerca de la actualidad de la música nacional e internacional de los diferentes estilos en el gran espectro musical.  

 


dimecres, 5 de juny de 2019

IAN NOE

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Data de publicació: 29 de maig 2019

Shot entirely in Ian's home of Eastern Kentucky, the official video for "Between the Country" features the real places he sings about in this song.

Thank you to our brilliant friends and longtime supporter John Mason who made this video possible.  And who won't stop until he gets ahold of a vintage traincar for the next one.

Production Company: Backwards J 
Producer: Amy-Beth Mason
Director: John Mason
Director of Photography: Peter Leininger
Editor: John Mason
Gaffer: Patrick Hubbard
Grip: Steve Mason
Hair and Make Up : Jill Pugh

To grab a copy of the record //

cd / vinyl: iannoe.com






Americana Artist You Need to Know: Ian Noe
Kentucky songwriter releases his Dave Cobb-produced debut ‘Between the Country’ on May 31st

By THOMAS MOONEY

Kentucky songwriter Ian Noe gives voice to troubled characters on his new album 'Between the Country.'

Kyler Clark

If there’s a universal suggestion in songwriting, it’s to “write what you know,” since discerning listeners will quickly poke holes in disingenuous songs. Singer-songwriter Ian Noe doesn’t have that problem. His first full-length album, Between the Country, due May 31st, personifies the real, rural and sometimes downtrodden communities of Kentucky and Appalachia at large.



Noe knows this land and its hardworking inhabitants as well as anyone who’s ever claimed the Bluegrass State as home. He possesses a deep understanding of people’s unyielding vices, underlying motives and destructive weaknesses, and rarely dons rose-colored glasses when morphing into the characters that make up Between the Country.

Often, those characters feel stuck in time and passed by opportunity. On songs like “If Today Doesn’t Do Me In” and the heartbreaking sway of “Loving You,” Noe captures the pain of a breaking point. “Junk Town” and “Meth Head” are bleak snapshots of drug addiction and the ragged daily grind. He’s unequivocally honest in these character sketches while still maintaining a sense of humanity — these individuals aren’t summed up only by their addictions and vices.

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Noe recorded Between the Country with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville last year, working with a stark, rich and organic sonic palette that echoes the hollers of Kentucky. It’s as though Noe dipped each song into a backwoods creek and wrung out the water to create one of the year’s most gripping and satisfying albums.

For a lot of this album, you tap into the underbelly of America — the ugly and unpleasant side of life. The characters of these songs are dealing with harsh realities, yet they aren’t one-dimensional. It feels as though you’ve known these people in some fashion.
Yeah. So many of these are influenced by friends, friends of friends, people back home. Old acquaintances and people I grew up around. It’s really what this whole album is about. Some folks took one way and others went down another route.

One of the prominent images that you revisit is an impending winter and looking for shelter from that storm. It’s in “Junk Town,” “Letter to Madeline,” “If Today Doesn’t Do Me In” and the title track. Did you intentionally go back to that imagery?
Absolutely. I catch myself doing it all the time and it actually doesn’t bother me. I do mention the winter a few times on the album. Like on the song “Junk Town” and that line “I hate to see the winter bring that dreadful cold,” so many people I knew back home, they’d go out searching for metal to take to the junkyard and get whatever they could out of it. You have that lonesome mentality of going out searching to feed whatever addiction you have. A winter in a small town can be harsh.

“People have called me fatalistic before. It doesn’t really bother me”

One of the highlights of your songwriting is your use of idioms to express feeling and action. In the song “Between the Country,” for instance: “It was a dog den where good men were rare.” Why is that an important aspect of your craft?
That’s the language. It’s the language I grew up with. It’s the way family would talk and how they’d tell old stories. It always appealed to me.

The title track also has the striking line “on down between the country where a long life is a blessed one I’m told.” Where did that come from?
My grandma used to say that. It’s not verbatim, but she used to say things like that all the time. It’s kind of like that Bible verse, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long upon the earth.” She always talked like that. I had the chorus for that song before I had the verses.

How often does that happen, where you wind up building the song backwards in a way?
All the time. It’s actually my favorite way of writing songs. I like to skip around… A lot of times, I’m beginning with a melody and what kind of feeling I’m going for. I write them to make me feel a certain way. People have called me fatalistic before. It doesn’t really bother me too much.

In This Article: Dave Cobb in ROLLING STONE 



            

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