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Six Ways to Sunday

by Noah Earle

Acoustic, Midwestern-rooted and blues-influenced contemporary folk
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Land of Goshen
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2. Nothing to Say
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3. Six Ways to Sunday
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4. Please Leave
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5. You Always Do
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6. Crack of Dawn
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7. A Letter in My Pocket
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8. Hula Dance Heart
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9. Bring on the Apocalypse
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10. My Last Day
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11. Dark Water, Bright River
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12. Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Rise
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13. Preacher's Blues
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14. The Boogie Man
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Noah was born in Topeka, Kansas, “a good place to dig potatoes.” 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. By around age six, his uncle had taught him some chords and he’d sit in the corner with his miniature guitar, struggling to mimic the chords that they fretted. Between the ages of about 5 and 18 he underwent classical training for piano, voice and fiddle (his grandpa said “never let anybody call it a violin”). By the age of 10, he had decided that he wanted to write songs, like his uncle and grandfather, starting with gospel lyrics (at a very young age) and moving on to sappy love songs with piano accompaniment. Throughout this time, he was also exposed to blues and jazz by his dad and another uncle, both of whom sang and/or played in a number of bands.
He and his brother Nathan spent several years singing contemporary R&B in junior high and high school, then got into alternative rock ‘n’ roll. In 1996, the year Noah graduated from high school, they went to Hollywood and worked with Mr. L. Entertainment (then a subsidiary of Disney). Dissatisfied with the synthesized production of their songs, and unable to crank out enough songs that seemed like pop single material, they came back to the Midwest, traveled to Europe and South America, and played around the Kansas City area for a couple years with the various bands they put together, including the Great Plains Weathermen.
Noah has been touring as a solo performer throughout the Midwest for over 3 years. His debut cd, “Six Ways to Sunday,” has garnered him praise in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as at home. Most recently, Noah won the solo category of the Kansas City Blues Challenge and was a finalist in the International Blues Competition in Memphis in January of 2006. His second album, “Postcards from Home,” is scheduled to be finished in April of 2007 and will be his first release on Mayapple Records.

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Jeff Wiens - jeffwiens.com

Noah deserving of high praise.
Noah is one of those performers who knows how to turn a phrase, hit a note, pluck a string in ways familiar but new. His lyrical choices seem honest and near to him. His melodies are like the best rides down the thrill-hills of home. And his guitar playing stirs. He's in a league of his own.
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The CosmicMonkey

Great CD, Great Entertainer
I sat and listened to this guy play phenomenal guitar and sing with a voice that is as clear and clean as a mid-Missouri morning. I highly recommend anyone to check him out because he "sings songs of inspiration and regret" with humor, intelligence and wisdom.

I have listened to his CD, Six Ways to Sunday seventy times since last weekend when I saw him play, and it never ceases to entertain.
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Ryan

well-rounded cd
Blues, jazz, folk, country, great melodies, top-shelf vocals, and foot-tapping rhythms--These are just some of the things this cd has to offer. No two songs sound remotely alike which makes this album an excellent play that never wears out. I'm anxiously awaiting the next cd!
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Andrew Cantine

The opening track to Noah Earle’s Six Ways to Sunday almost makes your ass twi
The opening track to Noah Earle’s Six Ways to Sunday almost makes your ass twist off the bottom of your spine. He’s got a strong picking hand, a big dynamic voice that ‘s more akin to a saxophone than much else, and a talent for well considered songwriting. The song, Land of Goshen, is insidious in its groove, slowly building up to a full fledged boogie before you realize that you’ve been tapping your foot since the first bar. Maybe boogie is the wrong word, because it’s something more subversive and seductive than that, somehow less and no-less wholesome at the same time.
Confused? Me too. It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly Earle is after with Six Ways to Sunday. It’s a strange dichotomy between the blues and singer-songwriter, or familial love vs. lust and sex. All of the songs on Six Ways are well done, which is to say they have good lyrics, and a good level of production, but they pull the album in different directions. It’s more than stylistic or thematic differences between the tracks, or perhaps that the gulf between the styles is too wide to form a cohesive whole, but fully half the songs are different enough from the other tracks that they could have been their own album.
A possibility that occurs to me as I write this is; deep inside of Earle, R.L. Burnside and the Rev. Al Green are competing for his musical soul. I say this because you can hear the echoes of Burnside, Kimbrough, and Doc Boggs lingering at the fringes of Earle’s blues. On the other end of the spectrum, there is this Motown cum Baptist Gospel fighting for a place stylistically and thematically.
Obviously there’s a strong connection between these genres historically and musically, and if one were to draw a timeline of what is typified as American-Black music they would be concurrent. That said, Earle draws from the low-production, raw emotional power of the beginnings of the blues; then, from the glitz and glamour of post-Motown Baptist cathedral hymns.
It is precisely this tension between Saturday night and Sunday morning that pulls at the album’s seams. It’s a tension that needs to be resolved in Earle’s future albums, because the distance is hurting this album more than adding something to it. Personally, I’m pulling for R.L. in Earle’s tug of war (R.L.= Earle, think about it, it’s a sign…), Noah’s blues tracks give him a better opportunity to use the full range of his voice than the church tracks. If it were vice versa I’d say so but the fact of the matter is, as a listener, you can feel him holding back in a way that he doesn’t when he sings about lose-women and liquor.
Earle is a strong songwriter and a very talented guitarist. Six Ways to Sunday is a great first album, one to be proud of for sure, but I can tell he’s got something better bottled up inside him. Keep your eye out for this cd and any live shows that you might catch. I saw him in Iowa City, and from what I can tell he tours around the Midwest often enough. If you have the opportunity, go out, support your local music scene and check him out, you won’t be disappointed.

Andrew Cantine
CRAM Magazine
www.crammag.com
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Pistol

This album maintains a precarious balance between hard-edged blues pickin' and v
This first album by Noah Earle invokes the push and pull of midwest life better than any other effort I have yet to stumble upon. The "Heartland" is a place of indecision, complacence, familial closeness, and emotional pitfalls. It is no wonder the young Earle plays in so many styles and vasillates between the emotional intensity of "Six Ways to Sunday", the bold political commentary of "Bring on the Apocalypse", and the pillow talk of "Crack of Dawn." When you are raised in the middle, there are so many directions to head. Is it indecision that sends the songs on this album in so many directions? My tendency is to think it more as youthful ambition. Each of the songs on this album are successful in their own very unique way. It is as if Earle is serving up a 14 course meal, starting with buttery biscuits and moving quickly to the collard greens. And who says you can't have your sweets before your meats? The lyrics on this album are wonderful! Earle has an excellent ability to tell stories of down-on-your luck midwestern characters, and tells his own stories with heartfelt honesty. Earle's lyrics give us a tiny glimpse into his insight and maturity. Listening to this album makes me want to sit around a campfire and drink whisky with this guy. Nice work, Peanut.
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