There’s been a wonderful phenomenon happening amongst young, budding artists recently. More and more of them, seem to turn to guitar-heavy, blues rock, as evidenced by a large part of last year’s Burgstock lineup, specifically the winners of the contest, a high school band by the name of Pull for Fire. Recently, we (DJ Wolfman, and DJ Dane) played a pair of tracks from a fantastic, newer artist named Nolan Garrett, from Tacoma. We had the opportunity to play both The Funky One and Watch It Explode off his sophomore release, Brick Lanes. The 18-year-old Garrett is shredding a guitar like the best of them, with a sound reminiscent of Led Zeppelin running into Soundgarden somewhere in downtown London. From filthy ear-splitting blues riffs to thrilling guitar solos, from exquisite, lyrical melodies on his cleaner tracks, and thrashing drums on the grimier ones to groovy basslines and masterfully executed vocals on lyrics throughout. This is a man who is very clearly about to go very, very far in today’s rock scene, and we here at the Burg could not be more excited to see what he has in store for us. So, we’d like to take this opportunity to talk a bit about his roots and influences, to further flesh out a man you’ll be able to tell your grandkids you heard about first here on 88.1 the ‘Burg, your music central.
For starters, this guy played his first gig ten years ago, when he was only eight years old, and today at 18 he has a show almost every weekend. Nolan has released two albums, with his third being released the 29th of this month. I (DJ Wolfman) have had the privilege of seeing this future rock star twice. The first time I saw him, I was blown away. He expertly mixed covers with his own brand of blues-funk-grunge-rock, and threw in his own originals. Both times, he expertly controlled the crowd, giving them the kind of tasty blues licks that leave a man lusting for more. Not only is his playing out of this world, but his moves and energy during the concert call back the classic rock bands, jumping up and down, and grooving whilst sweating luscious guitar licks out of every pore, like a man who knows what he’s doing is off the hook, and wishes it to stay that way. Nolan takes influence from the greats of the rock, blues and funk scenes. He has face melting guitar riffs that resemble a fusion of Jimmy Page, Hendrix and Jack White. He has interspaced some lyrical and song structure that resembles the great James Brown and also offers a tad of disco in self-proclaimed favorite song off the record, The Funky One. His lyrical style calls an in a more broken up delta blues style of rock. As the song crescendos so does his voice, a good example of this being the track Watch It Explode, off of his latest album, Brick Lanes. Nolan is a special case. After playing for over a decade he has developed his own irresistible style of blues rock, melding everything he grew up on into his own unique style. Every time I’ve seen him, he has only gotten better, combining his own unique sound with every song he plays, a show of a truly great musician.
If you’re so inclined, you can buy tickets for his upcoming concert and CD release party, this Friday, January 29th you can find tickets at http://tinyurl.com/jv78sox. You can also find his whole catalog online at Spotify, I-Tunes and on his own website (http://www.nolangarrett.net/ ). Some of our favorites can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai4Z2CdXNmg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXsJI3LHSSk , prepare your ears.
Rune Torgerson and Jack Lambert