Big congrats to Joe Nolan and Stephen Fearing for earning nominations in the Contemporary Album of the Year category for the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards!
With Drifters, Edmonton, Alberta singer/songwriter Joe Nolan continued a remarkable creative run over the past two years, getting down to the bone with a 10-track predominantly acoustic collection, his first to be released in partnership with Canadian roots music label Fallen Tree Records.
Like other artists who are loosely categorized as ‘folk’ and ‘Americana’, Stephen Fearing questioned what those terms really mean on The Unconquerable Past, an album that can be seen as embracing and transcending the labels and genres simultaneously. Above all, on The Unconquerable Past, Fearing stepped out once again with a fresh perspective and a new batch of songs and stories drawing deeply from over thirty years of writing and playing across Canada and around the world.
“In the midst of the cacophony of noise that constantly fills modern life, Nolan’s turn toward simple arrangement and minimal accompaniment [on Drifters] offers welcomed respite. Over ten tracks Nolan mines the trials, travesties, and triumphs of life’s journey; deep in that mine Nolan strikes a vein of sequestered gold.” Americana Highways
Purchase from Fallen Tree Records HERE
Stream on Spotify HERE
I am so thrilled to be working with three of the five nominees in the Roots Solo Artist of the Year category for this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards — Belle Plaine, Joe Nolan and Mariel Buckley! All well deserved — I wish they could all win, but we’ll have to wait for the awards ceremony in October. That’s plenty of time for you do discover their incredible work!
“There is not a false move here, with each track standing alone as a subtly-crafted gem.” Exclaim!
“[goes] deeper into her personal journey while adding elements of psychedelia and neo-soul to an ever-expanding sound.” Popmatters
“After 2016’s roots surprise For Dreaming LP… this five-track EP is an even wider, wilder ride.” Bob Mersereau/Top 100 Canadian Blog
All It Was release shows:
Sept. 21 :: Ottawa ON :: Live On Elgin
Sept. 22 :: Toronto ON :: The Painted Lady
“Cry Baby is going to take Nolan to some fantastic places. He just doesn’t know where yet and, probably, doesn’t want to.” VUE
“Joe Nolan will make you feel many things, but apathy is not one of them.” Spill Magazine
“There is charm in his chaos, a youthful maturity, a broken journey but a hopeful return.” Great Dark Wonder
Cry Baby release shows:
Sept. 21 :: Calgary AB :: King Eddy
Sept. 22 :: Edmonton AB :: CKUA
Whether they’re described as throwbacks to a more innocent time in music—or so hip it hurts—Carlo is simply a great band. Drawing equally from Link Wray, Ennio Morricone and Booker T & The MGs, the all-original Toronto instrumental combo has firmly embedded itself on the scene with a self-titled album guaranteed to make any situation a lot cooler.
Carlo is comprised of guitarist James Taylor, keyboardist Kelsey McNulty, bassist Scott McCannell, and current drummer Justin Rupple. Since releasing a debut EP in 2015, the band members have consistently developed their distinctive approach to well-established sounds. Carlo, the album, boldly displays the fruits of that evolution over the past two years.
Carlo certainly achieves that, recorded live at Magnephonic Records in Ottawa, using analog tape and vintage microphones for the highest possible fidelity reproduction. The album was then mastered for vinyl by Precision Pressing using state of their state of the art technology. Such attention to detail is a crucial part of Carlo’s aesthetic although, as evidenced by the band’s enigmatic name, they don’t necessarily follow the rulebook to the letter.
Carlo may be music geeks, but you don’t have to be to enjoy them.
JOE NOLAN — “Music In The Streets” (ft. Lydia Loveless) [Single]
Listen to the exclusive premiere at Roots Music Canada
Get it HERE
Joe Nolan is back. The roots rocker from Edmonton, Alta., will release his new album, Cry Baby, this fall, but he’s offering an advance preview with the first single, “Music In The Streets,” featuring Lydia Loveless.
Cry Baby is a collection of 11 songs, which take you on a trip of melancholic madness, a departure from his previous work, Tornado, which was produced by Colin Linden in Nashville, TN back in 2014. This time around Nolan made a record that hits close to home. Recorded in the dead of winter with Scott Franchuk, the vision behind Cry Baby is one that Nolan has kept locked up inside for the past three years. The music makes clear his struggles with darkness and depression, booze-filled evenings and broken relationships, but sharing his deepest secrets has led to truly remarkable results.
Nolan’s constant strength is his lyrical ability, as his words and imagery pierce the heart and have you hanging off each breath. He is not afraid to bleed – his open, wounded-heart delivery reminds us that we are all human. His unapologetic vulnerability is brave and endearing. Cry Baby is a journey through his early days, his first love, his feelings of failure and his never-ending search to find where he fits in.