Like the streams and tributaries that run through singer-songwriter Ian Noe's home in eastern Kentucky, the water flows through his new Album. River Fools & Mountain Saints, the album's name, highlights Noe's storytelling ability in 12 country-rockers and Appalachian ballads that depict contemporary and historical life in the region. River Fools & Mountain Saints is broader and brighter than his lauded 2019 debut Between the Country, offering a fuller sound with more diverse instrumentation.
Produced by Andrija Tokic (Phosphorescent, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, AHI) and featuring Little Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs) on bass and Derry deBorja (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit) on keys, this album explores themes of nature, Appalachia, separation, death and redemption. Recorded on reel-to-reel tapes in short spurts over two years, with no time constraints, allowing for a wider range of experimentation, collaborations and sounds.
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