Joe Nolan releases new single ‘Jaguar’ from upcoming LP Drifters
On his latest album, Drifters – due out May 8 on Fallen Tree Records – Edmonton, AB singer-songwriter Joe Nolan continues a remarkable creative run over the past two years, getting down to the bone with a 10-track predominantly acoustic collection. We’re excited to share the brooding new single, “Jaguar,” and its appropriately wintry video.
Joe continues to build upon an impressive year that followed in the wake of his 2018 independently released album Cry Baby. Over that time, Joe played over 175 shows across North America and six European countries, most while traveling in his faithful 2003 Dodge Caravan. Along the way, he also recorded the EP Rootsy House Sessions in Sweden and signed deals with Mongrel Music Agency (Chuck Prophet, Lake Street Dive) and European label Rootsy Records (John Prine, Patti Griffin, Anderson East). His work also earned the Cobalt Prize for songwriting at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards, as well as Blues Artist of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards. Furthermore, Joe was nominated for Roots Solo Artist of the Year at Breakout West 2019, capping off a truly momentous comeback, which is still in its early stages.
Drifters begins the next leg of that journey, made at Riverdale Recorders in Edmonton with engineer Scott Franchuk, which takes fresh material written in the midst of touring and combines it with songs that date back to Joe’s late teens. However, the common thread among the numbers is reflected in the album’s title: songs of longing, wanderlust and lost love.
“I wanted to keep it as stripped down as possible,” Joe said. “We recorded most of it to my Tascam two-track reel-to-reel in an attempt to make something that resembled the sounds of my favorite records from the ‘70s with that real warm tape sound and vibe. I also have always wanted to collaborate with guitarist Kevin Breit (Norah Jones), and he graciously added some beautiful touches to this album.”
In the past, Joe has stated that his definition of rock ‘n roll is an artist letting their heart bleed on and off stage without any fear. There’s probably no better way to describe Drifters, as on it Joe once again demonstrates a willingness to venture deeply into the dark corners of his psyche. It’s a trait that puts him in good company with artists he has shared stages with over the past decade, from Wilco and Shakey Graves to the Strumbellas and Hawksley Workman. He may be categorized as a roots artist, but Joe never wants that tag to define him completely. By drawing inspiration from vintage rock ‘n roll, blues, country and punk, he intends to keep pushing boundaries with every record he makes.
“Jaguar” is available on all digital and streaming services now.