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Album Review: Noah Gundersen “Ledges”

Hello, and happy Saturday! It has been quite some time since I’ve had the chance to sit down and actually concoct a Saturday blog post. The summer can do that, ya know? Early mornings to go to the pool, or beach…or just out in general. But today is a bit rainy, a bit gloomy…so what better time than now? Let’s jump right in!

 

Noah Gundersen. To simply say this Washington-native is talented would be a travesty of sorts. Okay, okay..maybe not THAT serious, but he is gifted beyond measure. His long awaited full-length album: “Ledges“, finally arrived in February 2014 and man, was it ever welcomed.

 

The 24-year old singer/songwriter shares history of his life with us, diving into vulnerable tales of love, heartache, death, and devotion, all immersed with a sense of familial intimacy. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, though. Gundersen’s sister Abby (her solo stuff is beeeeautiful as well) sings and plays strings, his brother provides drums, and various friends and relatives sing on the record. Besides, blood is thicker than water.

 

The album opens with “Poor Man’s Son” which is a slow and striving tune. After a few minutes it slowly transitions into what seems like a modified version of “Down to the River to Pray”. It was a one-take recording, and it carries that raw, intense, almost aggressive emotion with it, all while lingering on some beautiful harmonies. If you’re not sure what I mean by this, check out the live recording of this track:

 

Some of my favourite tracks on this album are:

 

Ledges:


Poison VineFirst Defeat and Liberator.

 

I think there’s a pattern in the last three tracks, causing me to love them so (not to mention having them on repeat). They are incredibly emotional, (mind you, the whole album is) and it’s shown in the harmonious belting out of lyrics towards the end. One of my favourite elements of this album is the family participation. These last three tracks wouldn’t be what they are without Abby’s vocals and harmonies – they’re just simply beautiful.

 

I won’t really give any more away, because I really do want you all to take the time to listen to the whole album. Noah’s ability to write, sing with such vigor and passion, and create timeless, mature and heart-wrenching tracks is unsurpassable. I will continue to listen to the Ledges album, as well as play my favourite songs over and over again until I get fed up…which will be never. So, on we go….

 

P.s. Here’s the official music video for “Ledges” – directed by my good Nashville buddy Cale Glendening. (Nothing short of amazing.)

January Shows in Charlotte, NC

(Most of the bands shown have a link to their Facebook page & a link to the venue they’re playing at. Just click!)

 

01-04-2014
Elsa CrossJem Crossland & the Hypertonics
Puckett’s Farm EquipmentCharlotte, NC
Show: 10:00 PM
Gen. Admission: TBA
I believe it is all ages, but it was not clarified.

 

01-04-2014
Jay-Z
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Show: 8:00 PM
Admission varies from $42.55 – $143.20
All Ages (Not that I’d really let a 10 year old child attend..)

 

 

01-06-2014
Whetherman
The Evening MuseCharlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $3
All Ages

 

 

01-10-2014
Eliot BronsonKellin Watson
The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $8
All Ages

 

01-10-2014
Percy Sledge
Tremont Music HallCharlotte, NC
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $25
All Ages

 

01-10-2014
Face to Face – Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John
The FillmoreCharlotte, NC
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $10
All Ages

 

 

01-12-2014
B.B. King
Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterCharlotte, NC
Show: 7:00 PM
Admission varies from $54.50 – $149.50
All Ages

 

 

01-14-2014
Rusted Root & Donna The Buffalo
Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $17.50
16+

 

 

01-17-2014
The Farewell Drifters
The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $12
All Ages

 

01-17-2014
Math The BandGearjammerJustin AswellAppalucia
The MilestoneCharlotte, NC
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $5
18+

 

 

01-18-2014
Paul Oakenfold
Phoenix, Charlotte, NC
Show: 10:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $15
21+

 

 

01-23-2014
New Politics, Magic ManSleeper Agent
Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission:
All Ages

 

 

01-24-2014
Phosphorescent
The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $15 Advance / $18 Day of show
All Ages

 

01-24-2014
Carnage
Label, Charlotte, NC
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $13.54 / VIP (21+) $24.09
All Ages except VIP

 

 

01-25-2014
Catie Curtis
The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $15
All Ages

 

 

01-27-2014
The Front BottomsYou Blew It!, It Looks Sad, That’s Why I Said It’s You
Tremont Music Hall – The Casbah, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $10 – $12
All Ages

 

 

01-29-2014
Angwish
Crown Station, Charlotte, NC
Show: 7:00 PM
Gen. Admission: FREE!
All Ages

 

 

01-31-2014
Dyro
Label, Charlotte, NC
Show: 10:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $13.54 / VIP (21+) $24.09
18+ except VIP

 

*All information received through TImbreCharlotte Event Calendar and Facebook.

A Musical Mind

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Happy New Year! Welcome to the start of what I hope will be a fun, knowledgable and music-filled blog.

 

“Sammie, why now?”
For quite a long time I’ve had one ‘blog’ – it’s a Tumblr – which wasn’t really specific to much except re-blogs of stuff I liked. That’s all cool and whatnot, but I was consistently being asked to share my music choices, top artists, bands, etc. Whenever I’d have music playing, I’d text a friend, or my sister (we share music 24/7) to check out whoever I was listening to. I’d tell them my favourite track off the album, their genre, who they resembled, and so on and so forth. I’d go over to a friends house and ask them if they had heard of this band “____” and when they responded no, I’d immediately want to fill them in. It seriously is about dang time I do this.

 

“Why a solely a music-focused blog?” 
I want to reach a similar demographic of people that want to discover, educate, listen to, and thoroughly enjoy music. I personally, cannot live without it. Even as I sit here typing, I have music playing in the background. It fuels me, gets my creative juices flowing and even helps me focus. (Back in my school-days, I could never get homework done without it.)

 

“What should I expect?”
That’s a good question. A journey you’ll be embarking on with me. I am chalk-full of ideas, words, photos…and yes, duh, music! My goal is to post at least three times a week. That may look like a post about my favourite artist that week, in addition with a playlist. Or, it may just be a cool music video, or some album artwork I find truly inspiring, or plain cool. Like I said, it’ll be a journey; one I hope you’ll want to stick around for.

 

“Can you explain your “Shows” category more in depth?”
“Shows” is a little something special for you. Prior to me moving to Charlotte, NC, I lived in Nashville for almost 5 years. “Music-city” and let me tell you, it’s everything and more you think it is. Constantly surrounded by it, it was so great! I also grew up in a musical family, playing, singing..typically at a show, concert, or musical event quite often. So, this category is for you show-thirsty folk. I will try and post my favourite (or remotely likable) bands/artists that are playing in the Charlotte, NC or surrounding areas. Sound cool? I hope so.

 

“Interviews? As in, band interviews?
Yep. This will be a new venture for me, as I have never actually “interviewed” a band or artist before. I have a lot of talented, musician friends. Some who are in bands, some who tech for them, some who manage them… I will do my best to get any information, critique, public response – other than my own – relating to that specific album, tour or overall band/artist to the best of my ability!

 

“Okay, okay. So, this is leaving us expecting a lot. Will you come through?”
I promise, I will try my absolute best! I mean, we all know, as human beings we have real life going on. Real work schedules, school, family, friends to hang with, things to do. However, I love music, and I love to share about it. So, hopefully it won’t be a hassle for me. But hey, life is life. Be easy on a gal.

 

Thanks for reading this lengthy intro! Hope to see you back real soon!
xo