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Joe Nolan at the Gallery
Saturday 07 September 2019, 07:00pm
Gallery House Concerts Society
Get into the music!
What Happened to Joe Nolan?
Joe Nolan ran into his old agent.
“I had signed with him forever ago,” Edmonton-based singer-songwriter recounts. “and he asked me ‘What happened to Joe Nolan?’”
Nolan looks back on that moment as a wake-up call. Four years before he had been the next big thing. “I’d had a lot of help and support in the beginning with Rhea March, then Neil McGonogill, before signing with Toronto’s Six Shooter Records. Nolan grabbed the attention of critics, respected musicians, and music industry types with his gravelly, roots-rock howl and beyond-his-years songwriting showcased in albums ‘Goodbye Cinderella’ and ‘Tornado’.
After that? Joe plummeted through melancholic madness, darkness and depression, broken relationships and booze-fuelled evenings.
Four years is a long time between records. “It felt like an eternity to me.” he confides, ”I always wanted to be one of those guys who puts out a record a year.”
“I tried doing what other people thought would work - there were demos with Hawksley Workman - but it never felt quite right. There are lots of reasons I wasn’t able to record, but eventually I just realized that I had to go and do it myself.”
Now back to being an independent artist, Joe has returned with his latest record, ‘Cry Baby’, an aching, ruminative piece of rock ‘n’ roots that features such guests as country singer Lydia Loveless and Tommy Banks.
“I definitely feel like I’ve grown a lot, personally and musically. Everything was so surreal; people working with me would say ‘cool, yeah, you take care of the songs, don’t worry about the rest.’ It’s become a lot more rewarding being in control.” - Edmonton Journal
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