till the bottom hits the ground

by Jesse Noll

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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.

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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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Track Name: Gospel of Mary
talked the talk and he walked the walk
with a crown of thorns placed upon his head
as the blood ran down his face
fell to the ground and began to pray
who was the woman behind the man who saves
called her a whore and a sinner of course
but as others fled in doubt she stood holding faith
who was the woman behind the who saves
the dust was set and they placed their bets
and the word was put down
the gospel of Mary was nowhere to be found
who was the woman behind the man who saves
Track Name: Till the bottom hits the ground
she's her own disciple masquerading as the earth and the seven sees
does what she says says what she damn well please
she cut me open with her love
now it runs all through my blood
well you know what I mean when you talking to me
Im going down down down
till the bottom hits the ground
Im going down down down
till the bottom hits the ground
she's up all night casting out her demons
screaming feel just fine
does what she says says what she damn well please
she cut me open with her love
now it runs all through my blood
Track Name: Giant robot cyclops clown
there was an old man running as fast as he could
from what he would not say could of been mostly anything
and it was totally creeping me out
maybe this costume of shells it will protect me from the
giant robot cyclops clown
where the forest meets the ocean floor
zero level entrance you can walk in so gradually
the strange ones came down from the trees unified they agreed
the pisces rose up from the see four walls that pertect me from the
giant robot cyclops clown
Track Name: Lavender and sage
me and my daddy buried my sister
way down in Goldendale
laid her body down in Lavender and Sage
now that you met your destination
you be sleeping in the pines
laid her body down in Lavender and Sage
now that you reached the end of the road
through her shroud you can see her toes
grab a shovel take your turn
till the earth turn back in to her
laid her body down in Lavender and Sage
me and my daddy buried my sister
way down in Goldendale
laid her body down in Lavender and Sage
Track Name: Nation sack
come on baby I know where you were last night
your hairs all tangled you aint even talking right
your lipstick smeared all across your face
you're pacing around from place to place
baby you can shake it all night long
baby you can shake it all you want
but your nation sack it don't even make a noise
and it breaks my heart to see you with those other boys
barrel house mamma you can we can roll all night long
you might even think that we're doing you wrong
singing your song under the chandelier
oh my lord she's getting near
baby you can shake it all night long
baby you can shake it all you want
but your nation sack it don't even make a noise
and it breaks my heart to see you with those other boys