By Joshua Wallace
I was first exposed to Chelsea Nolan and her music through W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show podcast. Later on, I would see her live as one of the early acts on WB’s 5th Anniversary show. I enjoyed what I heard, but like many artists Chelsea had no recorded output that I could find to dig into after that. Fast forward to about last week and I saw a Capture Kentucky post on Facebook about a debut release coming soon from Chelsea Nolan. I knew then I had to give it a listen and report back here on it for everyone. I’m here to tell ya, it’s worth your time and money to check out this record, and here is why.
The album kicks off with a track called “Build A Fire”. This track sets the mood for the rest of the record. It starts off with just Chelsea’s guitar but quickly builds into a full band country sound. It’s a great character piece that lets you know off the bat that Chelsea Nolan is an amazing songwriter. The album goes into “Rock Bottom” which is another great example of good songwriting. It’s a song that roasts it’s subject harshly with lines like “you’d steal the pennies off a dead man’s eyes” and it’s a good lyrical jaunt.
The track “Sugar Hollar” is the ballad of the record and the band is stripped down for this track to really highlight the ebbs and flows of Chelsea’s voice. It’s one of the highlights of the record. The album closes out with the mellow “If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is”. I really dig the pedal steel work on this track.
Chelsea Nolan is another part of the growing Kentucky country music scene that is spearheaded by the likes of Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers. I look forward to hearing more from her and possibly seeing her live again in the future. This album is available today and if you would like a physical copy, you can go to https://www.chelseanolanmusic.com/shop and order one there.
Favorite Tracks : Build A Fire, Rock Bottom, Sugar Hollar, If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is
Chelsea Nolan – chelsea. (2018)
- Build A Fire
- Rock Bottom
- Green Bridges
- Silver Line
- Sugar Hollar
- If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is