JOE NOLAN BIO (Jan. 2013)
Year 2012 was a landmark year in the career of rising roots music artist, Joe Nolan. This Alberta based artist, just 22 years old, had released his album “Goodbye Cinderella”, in the fall of 2011. A trip to the Americana Music convention in Nashville secured a European licensing and distribution deal, and, he was also signed to the prestigious American booking agency, Mongrel Music. In 2012, Joe Nolan played 170 shows, including a very well received 24 show European tour. The “Goodbye Cinderella” disc garnered Joe a nomination as Best New / Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and received banner reviews in Canada, Europe and the US. Joe toured extensively, playing clubs, festivals and theatres from coast to coast in Canada, the aforementioned European tour, and a handful of prestigious showcase dates in the US. He shared stages with Whitehorse, Deep Dark Woods, Amelia Curran, Kevin Breit, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Tom Wilson, Dan Mangan and more. Joe Nolan is back in the studio as of February, 2013 to record the follow up to “Goodbye Cinderella”. Once again, Juno award winning producer Colin Linden will be at the helm, with fellow Blackie and the Rodeo Kings members Tom Wilson, Gary Craig and John Dymond on board, as well as Marco Giovini (Robert Plant, Norah Jones) and John Whynot (engineer and keyboards) contributing as well. The new record will be on the streets by early July and Joe will be touring non-stop in support of the new recording. Joe Nolan is on the cusp of a major breakthrough. The last recording put Joe on everyone’s radar and the new recording will put him in a leading role in the burgeoning roots music scene.
Joe is a previous winner of the CBC Radio Galaxy Rising Star Award.
The year 2010 was a very good year for Joe Nolan. Touring and traveling extensively, Joe had the great pleasure of playing clubs, festivals and schools while sharing the stage with artists like Todd Snider, Colin Linden, Sam Baker, Gurf Morlix, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women and the legendary Peter Asher.
In December, Joe traveled to Nashville, Tennessee where he recorded his third album “Goodbye Cinderella”. The album was produced by Colin Linden and featured some of Nashville’s most storied players including Spooner Oldham (Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Neil Young) on keyboards, Charlie McCoy (Bob Dylan, Elvis, Simon & Garfunkel) on harmonica, Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp) on acoustic bass, Chris Donahue (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant) on electric bass, Bryan Owings (Emmylou Harris, Tony Joe White, Delbert McClinton) on drums, along with producer Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams) on electric guitars and vocals. The record was brilliantly recorded by John Whynot (Blue Rodeo, Loreena McKennitt) who also contributed keyboards on a few songs. The recording features 10 new Joe Nolan compositions and shows a quantum leap in maturity and confidence. Joe’s beautiful combination of sweet, sad lyrics and haunting vocals come from a deep well that shows a young man’s heart and an old man’s soul. Protest songs, love songs, songs with questions and songs with answers create a collection that will leave the listener wanting more.
His live performances are mesmerizing and the audience connects to Joe’s soft, honest and heart-felt delivery. Yes, 2010 was a good year for Joe Nolan. Keep an ear out for this young man as he embarks on a career that will stand the test of time. He is a keeper.
What people are saying about Joe Nolan...
"Produced by legendary guitarist and producer Colin Linden, this disc is a gutsy, atmospheric tour-de-forceŠŠThe sky itself seems limited compared to the talent of this young man".
Barry Hammond Penguin Eggs (Canada's Folk and Roots Music Magazine)
"I¹m jumping the gun in writing this review; normally I give myself several listens through so I can give an album the attention it deserves. I¹ve only listened to Goodbye Cinderella twice and now I¹m on the third rotation and I know I love it. I will rarely so explicitly promote an album here, but today I¹m telling you: go.buy.this.album. 'It¹s astounding to me that someone who is only 21 can produce songs of this caliber... ' a voice like that can be likened to Calexico¹s Joey Burns, Great Lake Swimmers¹ Tony Dekker, or Iron and Wine¹s Sam Beam, and yes, moments of Dylan in the more introspective moments".
Gillian Turnbull No Depression (serving the Americana, alt-country and
roots music community since 1995).
"Many of the songs that make up the consumptive Cinderella — an album that’s part Wrecking Ball, part Love and Theft — are wise, gritty, heart-and-soul renderings of Nolan’s personal experiences, and sound like the conversations, whispers, ghosts and stains left like fingerprints in the room of any inner-city flophouse."
"The characters are real and whole, the stories human and full, and come from a place that the songwriter admits are less memory than channellings or hauntings."
Mike Bell – Calgary Herald June 21/11
"Nolan went into the sessions for Goodbye Cinderella with about 40 songs. Among the 10 tracks that made it you’ll find numbers like Hold Me Up, with such a tender, low-key, almost whispered delivery from the singer that the quirky mixed emotions in his lyrics can creep up on you."
"He shows a talent for making you think and for finding cool hooks that are beautifully embellished by the expert talents on hand. It’s more proof of what his growing fan base has known all along. Artistic insights can surface at any age."
Roger Levesque – Edmonton Journal June. 16/11