2TueAugust 2, 2016
Nina's distinctive voice and powerful live performances attracted the attention of fans, producers and fellow artists. Nina collaborated with Tiësto to co-write the dance track, "In Your Mind." Director Robert Rodriguez is such a fan of the band that he not only filmed an impromptu music video when he first saw them perform at SXSW, but also asked Nina Diaz and the band to compose a song for the climactic fight scene in his movie, Machete.
Being a public performer at such an early age took a toll and Nina began finding an outlet as she began writing new material that was all her own. Nina launched her new solo project with a series of live concerts at The Belmont in Austin, Texas. On the first night of the residency, Nina fronted a five-piece band and performed this new material to a sold out crowd. Since then she has performed to sold out crowds throughout Texas as well as at Maverick Music Festival, Fiesta de la Flor, The Austin Music Awards and opening weekend at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Her backing band, hand-picked by Nina to highlight her new sound, includes Jorge Gonzalez (drums), Johnny Shrink (keys), Austin Valentine (bass), and Travis Vela (guitar).
Nina Diaz's solo debut album is scheduled to be released later this year.
Scarlet Sails is a New York City based band formed by songwriter/pianist, Olya Viglione, and her husband and drummer, Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Violent Femmes) in 2014. The two began collaborating on music and soon enlisted guitarist Nick Emde (White Widows Pact) on guitar and New York session bassist, Jesse Krakow, to begin performing live and recording the band's debut EP. Producer/engineer, Martin Bisi (SWANS, Sonic Youth) recorded the 5 song offering at his own BC Studios in Brooklyn, and it was released on January 15th, 2016. The band's sound draws from the evocative British rock such as Queen, David Bowie, and T Rex, with Olya's classical upbringing, and love of American funk and soul music. Scarlet Sails are planning a full-length release for 2017.
3WedAugust 3, 2016
The Moonpies live on the road and have the scars to prove it. Currently touring the U.S. in support of their third studio album, "Mockingbird," they continue to live up to their reputation as one of the hardest working and veracious bands in independent country music.
"Mockingbird" is the 3rd studio album for Mike and the Moonpies. Produced by frontman Mike Harmeier and longtime friend and musician Michael Kingcaid (What Made Milwaukee Famous), the album features 10 brand new original songs all written by Harmeier and performed by the Moonpies. Several guest performers that appeared on 2012's "The Hard Way" returned for this one, including Warren Hood (Lyle Lovett), Jenn Miori Hodges (Carper Family), and Pete Weiss (Leo Rondeau). Recorded at the legendary Cedar Creek Studio in Austin by John Silva (the Trishas) and mixed at Good Danny's in Austin by Max Lorenzen, "Mockingbird" is the band's best sounding album to date. This collection of songs find Harmeier in a very nostalgic state of mind both lyrically and musically. On the title track, reminiscent of Steve Earle's "Guitar Town,"Harmeier sings about the influence of his father and grandfather on him today. The debut single "Smoke Em If You Got Em" kicks off with an Allman Brothers style guitar riff and speaks about the evolution of Harmeier and his band in the music industry. Lookout for several surprises on this album which is far and away the band's most eclectic to date. "Mockingbird" is sure to make a huge impact on the Texas Country scene and place the Moonpies in a position to break into the Americana genre, where a large majority of traditional country and roots music currently reside.
5FriAugust 5, 2016Those Darn Accordions
Behind the amazing wall of wheeze, drummer Bill Schwartz and bass player Lewis Wallace anchor the band, providing a firm foundation upon which the manic TDA accordionists can layer huge slabs of sonic mayhem.
With a sense of humor that just won't quit, the one-of-a-kind band blazes through a variety of musical genres -- from rock and funk to polka -- and torches timeless classic rock tunes along the way. You won't believe your ears.
6SatAugust 6, 2016
"It's a reflection of where I am currently in my life," says Hoge of Small Town Dreams, "but also where I grew up, and, ultimately, where I think I'm going." From the streets of the town where he was raised, to the sidewalks of cities a hundred times the size, we all have dreams; and these are the stories of growing up, looking back and passing on those dreams, told as only Hoge can. Nostalgia, in his hands, is truly magic.
An extremely prolific songwriter with ten albums under his belt and countless songs written for others (including a Grammy nomination for Eli Young Band's number-one hit, "Even If Breaks Your Heart," co-written with Paslay), Hoge saw this next phase of his journey as an opportunity to explore even deeper into both his country and rock & roll roots. Never fitting particularly neatly into a genre box, he's always just made the music that moved him -- but it's safe to say that he feels more kinship with the country community than ever, particularly as a storyteller.
9TueAugust 9, 20168:00pm $10 advance / $12 doorBritish singer-songwriter Bobby Long emerged from London's club scene with a reputation for creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. He relocated to New York in 2009 and has since released three CDs inhabited by powerful original material: A Winter Tale (2011)--an homage to his acoustic roots; Wishbone (2013)--a gritty opus that showcases his sorrow-filled voice and stellar guitar playing; and the latest, Ode to Thinking, which applies his varied musical influences to a new collection of compelling songs. The vinyl version called Ode, comprising six tracks from the CD and three previously unreleased tracks, is also now available from Compass Records. Long has also published a volume of poetry--Losing My Brotherhood--with a second collection coming later this year.
10WedAugust 10, 2016
Mike Benign, Joe Vent and Michael Koch are veterans of acclaimed Milwaukee-based acts like Blue in The Face, The Yell Leaders, Arms & Legs & Feet, The Squares, The Joker's Henchmen, Dorian Gray, etc. Collectively, they've released loads of albums, played countless plum gigs across the country (plenty of god-awful ones, too) and opened for Squeeze, The Lemonheads, Del Amitri, Bob Mould, Whiskeytown, Widespread Panic, Black Francis, Rhett Miller, Marshall Crenshaw, The Verve Pipe, Semisonic, Chuck Prophet, Steve Wynn, etc.
12FriAugust 12, 2016Kim Richey
Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life's truths, Kim's songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there's her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they'd be streaming in rainbow colours from your iPod.
Early on, the Zanesville, Ohio native thrived on the progressive side of mainstream country, her albums (1995's Kim Richey, 1997's Bittersweet and 1999's Glimmer, all on Mercury) showcasing twang-pop sensibilities, a rich, rounded vocal tone and effortlessly sophisticated songwriting that other discerning performers - Radney Foster, Trisha Yearwood and Pam Tillis to name a few - coveted for their own recordings.
In the years since, Kim has made her subtly psychedelic album Rise (Lost Highway) in Los Angeles with producer Bill Bottrell, flown to London to enlist the help of Giles Martin and emerging with the crisply orchestrated Chinese Boxes (Vanguard) and turned to her East Nashville-based bandleader and frequent co-writer Neilson Hubbard to conjure the earthy indie-pop feel of Wreck Your Wheels (Lojinx/Thirty Tigers) and to complete her latest masterpiece of smart, sensual understatement Thorn In My Heart (Lojinx/Yep Roc).
The array of top-tier guests on the album include Jason Isbell, Wilco's Pat Sansone, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel, Will Kimbrough and Yearwood, who was, for the first time, returning the harmony-singing favor. And the dozen songs themselves show that Richey's still dreaming up fetching melodies that arc and bend in unexpected ways, and still discovering fresh angles from which to articulate matters of the heart.
16TueAugust 16, 2016Billy Joe Shaver
Liar's Trial (solo)
One of the best synopses of Shaver's upbringing is his own song, "I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train." When he sings, "my grandma's old-age pension is the reason that I'm standing here today," he ain't kidding. The "good Christian raising" and "eighth grade education" -- not to mention being abandoned by his parents shortly after being born, working on his uncles' farms instead of going to high school, and losing part of his fingers during a job at a sawmill -- are all part of his life story. "I got all my country learning," he sings, "picking cotton, raising hell, and bailing hay."
After several trips between Texas andTennessee, he appeared one day in 1968 inBobby Bare's Nashville office, where he convinced Bare to listen to him play. Bareended up giving him a writing job and soon his songs began to see the light thanks toKris Kristofferson ("Good Christian Soldier"),Tom T. Hall ("Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me"), Bare ("Ride Me Down Easy"), and later,the Allman Brothers ("Sweet Mama") and Elvis Presley ("You Asked Me To"). Shaver's real breakthrough, though, came in 1973 whenWaylon Jennings recorded an album composed almost entirely of Shaver's songs, Honky Tonk Heroes -- largely considered the first true "outlaw" album.
Shaver's own debut album, Old Five and Dimers Like Me, was produced by Kristofferson in 1973. Along with the title track, it contained now-classic Shaver songs "Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me" and the aforementioned "Georgia on a Fast Train." In 1978 Johnny Cash recorded "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day)," a song Shaver wrote just after he chose to give up drugs and booze and turned to God for help.
All Music Guide lists 23 albums, from 1973's Old Five & Dimers Like Me through 2007's Everybody's Brother. Among his many classic songs are "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day)," "Honky Tonk Heroes," "Georgia on a Fast Train," "Live Forever," "Tramp on Your Street," and "Try and Try Again."
In 1999, Shaver was invited to perform at theGrand Ole Opry. In 2005, Billy Joe Shaver performed on CMT Outlaws. In 2006, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He recently served as spiritual advisor to Texas independent gubernatorial candidateKinky Friedman and his 2007 album "Everybody's Brother" was nominated for a GRAMMY. For his efforts, the Americana Music Association awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting.
Shaver is truly one of the most respected living figures in American music. Bob Dylan, who rarely covers other writers, has often played Billy Joe's "Old Five And Dimers Like Me" in concert. Johnny Cash called him "my favorite songwriter." TheWashington Post noted, "when the country outlaws were collecting their holy writings, Billy Joe Shaver was carving out Exodus."
17WedAugust 17, 2016Sarah Borges
Eric "Roscoe" Ambel
However, "digging deep" has never been a problem for the Massachutess native. Whether it be through performances or her writing, Borges has learned to dazzle -- and do it well. That ability can be heard all over her 2014 Radio Sweetheart disc, as well as her upcoming follow-up, Good and Dirty, due in early 2016. She attributes that ability to a very eclectic sound, which she comes by naturally, she says.
"I would say that my sound is straight up rock and roll, but it's the sum total of what my record collection looks like. The new record that I am working on is certainly more Americana than the last record was. It's also more rock than the last record. I would say that it's a version of the live shows -- a lot of loud guitars and loud singing. You can certainly dance to it."
Just what was Borges listening to during those formative musical years? "When I started playing in a band, I listened to X and its' offshoots, like the Knitters and other bands that its members were in. I also listened to a lot of old country from my dad's record collection, and a lot of classic rock. I grew up in Boston, which in the 1990s was such a hotbed for indie rock. You could go and see all your favorite bands in the clubs every Saturday night. There's a lot of musicians and bands that came from here, and were so accessible when I started playing. That helped me out a lot in terms of me thinking it was possible to be in a band."
Though the creative side of her loves to record, Sarah says that it's being on stage night after night that is truly her greatest passion. "That's my favorite part of music. Every night is different, and determined by the people in the audience. Sometimes, the crowd is so ready to go, and sometimes you might have to work things a little more. I like to do it night after night, because it's a living and breathing thing -- and it evolves."
When it comes to creating music, Sarah explains that she feels a little more free these days to let the listener inside her soul. It didn't used to be that way. "I was so wary of getting too personal in songs, or I would think about things a lot before I wrote. But, I think after a long time of touring and playing, and having lived a little bit and having a child, I realized that the only way you're going to have a serious connection with people is when you're honest. Nobody can ever fault you for being that. With the new record, I have just gotten divorced, and I have a child. So, I'm not afraid to lay it out there anymore. What's the worst thing that can happen? Nobody is going to die," she says with a laugh.
For Good and Dirty, Borges received some all-star help in the producer's chair. "I got to work with Eric "Roscoe" Ambel who has such a great track record -- Steve Earle, Bottle Rockets, Joan Jett. I had met him through some mutual friends. He's producing and playing guitar on it."
To record the disc, Borges ventured outside of her Boston comfort zone. "I went to his studio in New York, and we worked on the songs a little bit. I'm using his guys that he plays with on the record. I'm excited about it, because I feel that it's the most honest record I've made to date. The first single is called 'Caught By The Rain."
As the release date of the album beckons, look for Sarah Borges to be in her natural habitat. "We're going to be on the road a lot. I was on tour with the Broken Singles for about eight years, then I stopped to have my son. The music business has changed so much since then, but one thing that hasn't changed is people still go out and hear live music. I'm going to continue to do that, because that's what I know how to do."
Other songs from Good and Dirty that Sarah is ready to share with her fans include the autobiographical "Tendency To Riot," of which she says is about "finding yourself at loose ends, and trying to figure out how to go out and have fun." On the other end of the spectrum, there's the emotional wallop of "Lucky Us," which in the writer's words is "a sad story about a relationship ending and how it wasn't the greatest relationship to begin with. That's the country weeper, I guess you could say." One of the most beautiful cuts from the album is the evocative "All The Things That You've Been Missing," which she describes as "a love song to New York City, which I thought was fitting since that's where we're making the record. It's about looking at the city from across the bridge and wanting to make it big and do your thing, but you just can't get there, It's both metaphorical and autobiographical too."
Telling her story -- and being a musical bad ass in the process. That's Sarah Borges. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
18ThuAugust 18, 2016
Ingram made Midnight Motel independently to avoid outside influences and have creative freedom to write and record. "It was really important to me at this point in my life to avoid thinking about any commercial decisions about the music," explains Ingram. "Every night after my kids went to bed, I'd go into my music room and stay in there until about three or four, just working out the songs like I did at the beginning of my career. Or while on the road, sit up late at night writing in motel rooms. I wanted to bring people into that space with me."
And so Midnight Motel turned into an album that is as real and honest as it could be. "Signing with Rounder Records to release this album was a perfect fit because of their expertise and love for good music, no matter the genre," Ingram says.
His eighth studio album, and his first since his 2009 smash Big Dreams & High Hopes, Midnight Motel features spare, stripped-down instrumental arrangements that highlight the intimacy and urgency of such new originals as "I'm Drinking Through It," "Nothing to Fix," "Can't Get Any Better Than This," and "All Over Again." The album's organic late-night vibe is perfectly suited to the material, and brings out the emotional edge in Ingram's deeply felt vocals.
Midnight Motel was cut with Ingram and the musicians recording live in the same room, with minimum overdubbing or sonic trickery. With understated audio-verite production by fellow Texas singer-songwriter Jon Randall and a stellar studio band including guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, Arc Angels) and drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Dire Straits), along with bassist Robert Kearns and keyboardist Bukka Allen from Ingram's longstanding Beat Up Ford Band, the 11-song set demonstrates how Ingram's artistry has widened and deepened over time.
"I couldn't have made this record when I was 25, because I just didn't have the experience then," he asserts, adding, "It's kind of a concept record, but it's a loose concept. There's the late-night thing, and the travel, and then there's the concept about not letting go of the important relationships, even if they're not working. These songs are all about loving, troubled longterm relationships, whether it's with the music business or my wife or my family."
The road to Midnight Motel has been a long and sometimes rocky one for Ingram, who was named Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2008, despite the fact that he'd already been rocking honky tonks, theaters, and stadiums for a decade and a half by then. He began writing songs and playing gigs while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and quickly earned a rabidly devoted audience while performing high-energy live shows in bars and roadhouses throughout his home state.
Ingram's remarkably loyal fans enthusiastically embraced his early, independently released albums Jack Ingram, Lonesome Questions, and Live At Adair's. His indie success helped to win him acceptance within the Nashville major-label mainstream, and he expanded his constituency with such acclaimed national releases as Livin' or Dyin', Hey You, Electric, Young Man as well as the live albums Live at Billy Bob's Texas, Live at Gruene Hall: Happy Happy, and Acoustic Motel.
Ingram moved to the Big Machine label with 2006's Wherever You Are, which spawned a pair of major country hits in the title track, which became his first Number One single, and its Top 20 follow-up, "Love You." His next studio effort, 2007's This Is It, hit the Top Five on the U.S. country charts and produced a trio of hits in "Lips of An Angel," "Measure of A Man," and "Maybe She'll Get Lonely." Big Dreams & High Hopes followed two years later, spawning five chart singles, including the Top 10 "Barefoot and Crazy" and the Top 20 "That's A Man."
For Midnight Motel, Ingram was looking to create something different. "Something inside me was itching to do this," he recalls. "The pressure in my chest was just so heavy that the only way I could get it off was to write these songs. Frank Liddell, who produced my record Electric in 2001, gave me some great advice: he said, 'Go away and do something great while no one's looking.' That became my motto for this project. I just decided that I was just gonna do the best work I could do, and have it take as long as it takes. I didn't care about trying to be technically perfect; I just wanted to be emotionally available. I can honestly say it was the best recording experience I've ever had. The waters got rough, but I really had a ball and enjoyed navigating that course."
Rather than shooting conventional music videos to promote Midnight Motel, Ingram and noted filmmaker Michael Tully (Ping Pong Summer, Septien) have created a short companion-piece film incorporating the album's songs and featuring Ingram as a troubled troubadour. The short film was screened at both the Dallas International Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival.
Dana Erlandson has been making his homegrown "Americana" music for more than 30 years. He has opened for and in many cases played with..... America, Brewer and Shipley, Jackson Browne, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Steve Forbert, Richie Furay, Nanci Griffith, John Hartford, John Hiatt, Lucy Kaplansky, Leo Kottke, David Lindley, Pat MacDonald, Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys, Kevin Montgomery, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Todd Snider, Al Stewart, Greg Trooper, and Jerry Jeff Walker . Dana celebrates a new decade with a brand new CD release called "Coming Home".
19FriAugust 19, 2016The Black Lillies
The DuPont Brothers
"In the past, I might write a song once a month when I felt inspired, and at a much more leisurely pace," explains Contreras, "but this time around, I realized I would have to write an entire record in two weeks before we hit the studio. I felt confident I could do it, but I also had no proof."
The proof is now etched into vinyl with 'Hard To Please,' the band's fourth studio album. It's an alternately rip-roaring and deeply intimate record, showcasing both Contreras' lyrical evolution as a writer and a more sonically sophisticated side of the band than we've heard before. Whether it was due to the pressure of the ticking clock, the injection of creative energy from recording with new faces, or simply the steadfast desire of a hardworking band to always outdo themselves, the album stands as the finest yet in The Black Lillies' outstanding catalog.
When it came time to record, the bar had already been set high with the group's previous releases, which were hailed as "buzzworthy, genre-mashing roots music" by Rolling Stone Country and praised everywhere from Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal to CMT and Entertainment Weekly. Their last album, 2013's 'Runaway Freeway Blues,' climbed the Billboard country charts, landed on more than a dozen Best-Of lists, and dominated Americana radio, spending a whopping three months in the Top 5. The sound reflected their raucous live show, which prompted NPR's Ann Powers to name them a top pick at SXSW, and has earned them festival slots from Bonnaroo to Stagecoach, as well as the honor of playing The Grand Ole Opry more than any other independent band in history.
In addition to the unusually compressed writing timeline, 'Hard To Please' is also unique in that it marks the band's first time recording with an outside producer. Contreras handed the reins over to Grammy-winner Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers), who led the band into the legendary House of Blues Studio D, originally constructed in Memphis in the 1960's and relocated to Nashville in 2010. The room had hosted everyone from Isaac Hayes to Stevie Ray Vaughan to The Eagles in its storied history, and it was outfitted with a custom API console originally commissioned by Ryan's father, David Hewitt, for The Record Plant in New York City back in 1978. The list of artists who recorded on the console is a who's who of music icons: Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The Band, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tom Petty, Prince, on and on.
Hewitt invited Band of Horses' Bill Reynolds to join the sessions on bass, while Contreras brought along pedal steel player Matt Smith (Indigo Girls, Amy Ray) and Daniel Donato, a hotshot guitarist he discovered blowing the roof off of Robert's Western World one night in Nashville. The new faces joined Contreras, Hewitt, and the band's remaining members--drummer Bowman Townsend and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady--to craft the ten gripping tracks on 'Hard To Please.'
None of it--the lineup, the studio, the producer, the console--would have made a lick of difference without the songs, though. Contreras penned part of the album during a bitter winter storm that hit the band's hometown of Knoxville, TN.
"We got snowed in, so I just set up shop in the basement," remembers Contreras. "Usually we tour so much that the instruments don't get out of their cases when we're home, but I had time there to set everything up in a circle around me and get to work."
The album opens with the biting title track, one of several tunes written while Contreras was snowed in, which has been called "a funky barn burner shot through with blasts of brass and blues guitar" by Rolling Stone Country. It sets the tone lyrically and musically for a band that can weather any storm and accepts nothing less than their very best (no matter the pressure), as Contreras sings, "We got a long way to go and a short time to get there." The driving drum intro and catchy guitar hook came out of a collaboration between Contreras and Townsend, which he describes as "a perfect example of sharing the creative process with other people and the band being stronger for it." That collaborative spirit pays off in spades later on the record, when Contreras hands over lead vocal duties to Brady on the appropriately titled and utterly infectious "The First Time."
While several songs came out of those snowstorm writing sessions, including the heartfelt, delicate "Desire" and "Dancin'"--a duet that's sure to indulge audiences' love of getting on their feet at Black Lillies shows--some of the songs were actually years in the making. "That's The Way It Goes Down" was penned in a moment of unflinching self-reflection back in 2014, while "Broken Shore," a solemn, epic rocker, tells the story of Contreras' grandfather, who fought at Iwo Jima. "Bound To Roam" was written fittingly enough in a van, and the rollicking "40 Days and 40 Nights" recounts the band's misadventures on their first national tour.
"I gave up my lease and put all my possessions on the sidewalk, and in 45 minutes they were gone," says Contreras with a laugh. "That was a lot easier than moving. The very first show was actually at the Ryman Auditorium and then we played two other great gigs and it all went downhill after that. We had 40 shows in 40 nights. It's not too funny when you're in it, but time heals that way and now that we're six years out I can joke about it."
It's nothing short of remarkable how far the band has come in those six years, both in terms of miles and in terms of personal and musical growth. Through the ups and the downs, they've established themselves as one of the hardest-working and most dynamic bands touring today. With a re-imagined six-piece live lineup that includes new additions Sam Quinn (the everybodyfields), Mike Seal (Jeff Sipe Trio, Larkin Poe) and Jonathan Keeney (Robinella), it won't be hard to please Black Lillies fans, and with a an album this great, they're sure to bring a whole lot of new ones into the fold, too.
20SatVital Voices for Mental Health Presents Second Annual Rock The Arts Live Music & Art Sale
show detailsAugust 20, 20168:00pm $15.00All art donated by people affected by mental illness and/or substance use.
Featured Artist: Will Darling
All proceeds benefit Vital Voices for Mental Health.
27SatAugust 27, 20168:00pm $10.00Tallan will perform Stevie's last set that he performed at Alpine Valley 26 years ago in it's entirety.
Straight out of the Midwest from a little town in WI, only miles away from where Stevie Ray Vaughan lost his life, comes a blues/rock guitarist named Tallan Noble Latz.
Tallan first picked up the guitar at age 4 and hasn't put it down since. Tallan founded his first band at age 7 and at age 15, he has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
Tallan has been blessed to have the opportunities to perform at festivals and venues all over the US. Tallan has performed over 600 shows and is always working on making his performances a magical event for all those in attendance. Tallan gives 110% at every performance and that's what has people talking and driving miles to see him perform.
Steve Duchrow, the Director of Performing Arts at Elgin Community College talks about Tallan this way:
"If I were you, I'd see Tallan Noble Latz perform now. Off-stage he's a nice, humble young man, but on-stage he transforms into an emergent, potent musical force. He's that growing storm front that is picking up hurricane strength every time he climbs onto the stage. He's in rare company too, not many musicians open up or share the stage with B.B King, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa and Les Paul this early in their career. By the way, that sound you hear, is Tallan carving out a potential future place among the giants in the blues and rock world. He has the dedication, work ethic and ability to make it happen. Go see him, I think you'll love him; our audience certainly did!"