Move over Nashville, and make room for California’s own Rosy Nolan. Nolan is part of the current California Gold rush of female Singer-Songwriters like Molly Tuttle and AJ Lee, that bring old-time music to new audiences with fresh tales. Her soft organic vocals are a natural fit to that of her predecessors in the folk music culture like Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton. Nolan’s song-crafting stems from her deeply rooted upbringing in Northern California which includes a family of writers and activists. She draws her storylines from nature, family, and the styles of her respected influences like Lucinda Williams, The Carter Family, Gillian Welch, and Elizabeth Cook. She delivers hymns, ballads, and folk melodies with a mesmerizing rawness that sweeps up her audiences and fellow songwriters. “That was a really f*@king good song,” said Steve Earle to Nolan after a performance in New York. “Her honesty and her unaffected vulnerability make it impossible to take your eyes off her,” says fellow songwriter and bassist to Edwin McCain, Aaron Berg. “Her presence as a performer reels you in. She has the intention of a young Lucinda Williams with a multi-dimensional poetry all her own.”
Landing a performance at the renowned Stagecoach Festival in 2020 solidifies her legitimate place in Country Folk music but it did not happen overnight. For years Nolan has dug deep into honing her craft by frequenting many old-time music jams, festivals, and partnering in a traditional bluegrass duo called Old Time Machine. In addition, Nolan is a veteran of touring nationally and internationally grabbing new fans from quite different landscapes like London, New York, and the coastal redwoods of Northern California.
Her 2019 release, Footprints and Broken Branches is her best work yet. It touts her love for claw-hammer banjo, displays her seasoned songwriting, and delivers a signature sound that is all things Rosy Nolan.
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