Published Mar 25, 2014The last few years have been a steady climb for Edmonton-based singer-songwriter Joe Nolan. Since his 2011 debut, Goodbye, he's earned the attention of Toronto's Six Shooter Records and got himself a trip to Nashville to record his sophomore album. That record, 2014's Tornado, dropped in late January. Since then, Nolan has been on the road, bringing his brand of raspy, folk-inspired roots music across the nation with his sights firmly set on reaching the top of the Canadian roots scene.
While on a break in Toronto, Nolan came by the Exclaim! headquarters to sit down and play "Did Somebody Call the Cops," a moody number off his most recent LP.
With white light streaming in through a nearby window, Nolan strums out some minor chords along the strings of his black acoustic guitar. Stripping away the drums and dark electric guitars of the album's version, listen as Nolan puts an added emphasis on the relationship between his melancholy melody and his trembling, vulnerable voice, making this an especially heartfelt reimagining of the original.
Watch the video now in the player below, and don't forget to check out Nolan's upcoming tour schedule here.
Filmed by Roberto Granados-Ocon
Audio by Nash Bussieres