Man, this Ian Noe album can’t get here fast enough.
The Kentucky native turned a lot of heads with his 2019 debut album Between the County, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down as he’s gearing up to drop his sophomore album River Fools & Mountain Saints on March 25th.
With that being said, the man dropped his third single from the project, titled “Burning Down The Prairie.”
Channeling his inner Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Burning Down The Prairie” starts out with a brooding acoustic guitar riff and steady kickdrum before overdrive kicks in and launches the song into a swampy ’70s-era rocker.
A nod to the indigenous people of the region, his exceptional storytelling details a group of people who are on the verge of losing their land, painting the perfect picture of the struggles people have gone through in Appalachia for centuries.
The result… fantastic.
Citing influences that include, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, John Prine to M.I.A. and Courtney Barnett, Noe was jacked to get to work with Alabama Shakes and Margo Price producer Andrija Tokic in Nashville.
“The fact that I got to work with him is surreal to me after all these years later…romanticizing the sound he’s getting here and the name of the place… The Bomb Shelter.”
I mean, if this isn’t one of the most anticipated albums of the year, I don’t know what is.