Friday, January 31, 2014

CD Review: Noah Gundersen Looks Over "Ledges" While St. Paul & The Broken Bones Take "Half The City"

From the extreme Northwest comes the latest album from 24 year old singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen entitled "Ledges." This album was recorded at Stone Gossard's (Pearl Jam) Studio Litho in Seattle, WA and will be released on February 11 through his own label 80bpm. After growing up listening to Bob Dylan's gospel albums, Gundersen has combined a sexuality found quite often in today's music with the spirituality of his full-length debut to explore every avenue of religion. Gundersen has also performed songs for television shows like FX's "Sons Of Anarchy" and has written songs for "One Tree Hill" and "Vampire Diaries."

His latest album begins with the acapella reading of "Poor Man's Son," which shows a maturity to his songwriting well beyond his age. All his hard work will pay off as Gundersen should join fellow singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Ray Lamontagne as some of the best singer/songwriters in today's music. Songs like "Boat House" and "Separator" have that welcoming feel that you just get lost in his words because the music matches so perfectly. His passion burns on the slow moving "Cigarettes," before wrapping things up with the lyrical lessons of "Time Moves Quickly."

Noah Gundersen will be hitting the road following the release of his new album "Ledges," beginning with a string of dates along the west coast. To find out more, please visit

From the deep south comes the debut album from the Alabama sextet St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The album entitled "Half The City" comes out February 18 through the Single Lock/Thirty Tigers label and was produced by Den Tanner (Alabama Shakes). The group brings back that pure, seventies sound of soul and gives it a big boost of energy.

The twelve-song release starts out with the slow blues of "I'm Torn Up." Then things begin to get funky on the jazzy-soul of "Don't Mean A Thing" as lead singer Paul Janeway pulls-off his best Al Green rant. The band finds that contagious groove on "Call Me," before slowing things down for the grind of "That Glow." St. Paul & The Broken Bones pull out all the stops on the passionate execution of "Broken Bones and Pocket Change," as if they were performing for their lives. They lighten the mood with The Four Tops sounding "Sugar Dyed," then pour their hearts out with "Dixie Rothko" and finish with the quiet stroll of "It's Midnight."

St. Paul & The Broken Bones will be heading out on tour beginning in February with a string of show in Florida before making their way northward. To find out more about this amazing new soul group, please visit

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