Noah Earle was born in Topeka, Kansas, "a good place to dig potatoes." Surrounded by a musical family, he absorbed various strains of influence. His musical involvement began in early childhood when he would listen to the traditional country and country-gospel music that his family would play and sing at their gatherings. When asked about this period, Earle says "I was too shy to sit in the circle with the grown-ups, so I'd hang out in the corner and follow along quietly with my little nylon-stringed mariachi guitar." Between the ages of about 5 and 18 he underwent classical training for piano, voice and violin, and was also exposed to blues and jazz by his dad and another uncle, both of whom performed in a number of bands. By the age of 7 or 8, he had decided that he wanted to write songs, like his uncle and grandfather.I really value the Midwestern musical roots that my family gave me as well as the music I discovered on my own" Earle observes, "but I guess the challenge for any songwriter is forging something original that's still solidly rooted and pays due homage to one's forbears. Noah resides just east of Columbia Missouri.
Noah Earle: Folk, rock, country and blues rolled into one.
Singer-songwriter Noah Earle proved he was more than a small-town Kansas boy at the Third Thursday Concert Series. This Topeka-born, up-and-coming solo artist put on an impressive show for a crowd of associates over the lunch hour.
Earle performed original hits from his popular album, This is the Jubilee, including The Sky's on Fire, Devil & the Deep Blue Sea and Pinche Guera. Many of the songs from the album fed off the spirit of rejuvenation, with the lyrics embracing liberation from the past and immersion in life.
Throughout the 45-minute concert, Earle weaved in humorous commentary about his music, describing a song from his latest album, A Ghost in the Attic, as "spooky" and an example of "imaginative songwriting."
Earle has been surrounded by a musical family since his childhood, absorbing various strains of influence. From an early age, he would listen to his family sing and play traditional country and country-gospel music. He also underwent classical training for piano, voice and violin and was exposed to blues and jazz by his dad and uncle, both of whom performed in a number of bands.
His Midwestern musical roots coupled with his versatile, soulful style and fierce guitar skills shined throughout his performance, especially during the Great Bend, a song he said "makes great use of Midwestern proper nouns" and Postcards from Home.
Vanessa Vaughn-West | AVP Community Relations Manager | UMB Financial Corporation
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