When Jesse Noll discovered the Delta blues as a teenager, his life in the Northwest was a world—and generations—away from that old time music. His evolution as an artist has spanned genres. He can be called singer-songwriter, indie, folk, rock or pop. But the guitar playing and emotional belting of the blues consistently weaves itself in Jesse’s songs, with a tilt of a hat to the musicians of long ago.
Jesse set out to record Till the Bottom Hits the Ground in a way that was in the spirit of his early influences, yet true to his vision. He sought out Calvin Johnson of K Records to engineer these recordings, as Jesse was also influenced by his work on Beck’s One Foot in the Grave album. Recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia , Washington , these five songs capture the energy of Jesse’s music that has only previously been heard at live shows.
With the core--vocals, guitar and drums by Tanessa Noll—of the album recorded at Dub Narcotic, Jesse overdubbed vocals and rhythm guitar by long-time friend and collaborator, Tim Tharp of the Hot Cops. Ephriam Nagler, who mixed and mastered the album at Dub Narcotic, plays piano on “Nation Sack.”
“Lavendar and Sage” is a fast-paced, gripping song about loss. Jesse has called “Gospel of Mary” his conspiracy gospel song. He co-wrote “Giant Robot Cyclops Clown” with his son, Guy, based on a dream. Title track “Till the Bottom Hits the Ground,” along with “Nation Sack,” showcase Jesse’s ability to keep the Delta blues alive, in his way, on his Stella guitar.
released 23 April 2014
Rhythm Guitar and Vocals: Jesse Noll
Lead Guitar: Tim Tharp
Drums: Tanessa Noll
Piano on Nation Sack: Ephriam Nagler
Recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio by Calvin Johnson
overdubbed by Jesse Noll
Mixed and Mastered at Dub Narcotic Studio by Ephriam Nagler
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