Joe Nolan is back. The roots rocker from Edmonton, Alberta is on the verge of releasing a ground-breaking new record, Cry Baby. This time around Nolan makes a record which hits close to home: recorded in the dead of winter with Scott Franchuk, it’s a departure from his previous work Tornado, which was produced by Colin Linden in Nashville, TN back in 2014.
Cry Baby is a collection of 11 songs which take you on a trip of melancholic madness. The vision behind this album is one that Nolan has kept locked up inside for the past three years. It is clear that he has had struggles of his own; through darkness and depression, booze filled evenings, and broken relationships, he shares his deepest secrets and outlooks in this effort.
Nolan’s constant strength is his lyrical ability which he continues to deliver through and through. His words and imagery pierce the heart of the listener and pull you in, they will 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. The album journeys through his early days, his first love, his feelings of failure and his never-ending search of finding his place, and where he fits in. A second chance, a new beginning.
He is ready, and we know it.