XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)” by Ian Noe

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Ian Noe | Photo by Kyler Clark | Courtesy of the artist

The Folk Alliance International is an organization that holds an annual music conference of music showcases for emerging roots musicians. This past February, one of the most talked-about musicians in the wake of the conference was singer-songwriter Ian Noe.

Born in Beattyville, Kentucky and now based in Bowling Green, Noe (who pronounced his name with a silent E) draws on the day-to-day life of Eastern Kentucky throughout his debut album, Between The Country, which will be released May 31 via Thirty Tigers. The album was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Like one of his musical heroes, John Prine, the Eastern Kentucky singer-songwriter is a remarkable story teller, with lyrics rich in detail, imagery, and tales of small town life.

The release of Between The Country follows a busy year for Noe following the release of his 2017 EP, Off This Mountaintop. He’s spent much of the past few years touring across the U.S. with artists such as Colter Wall, and Jade Bird, and is currently touring opening for Son Volt, Jamestown Revival, and John Prine.

Below, listen to “Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)” featuring Nashville singer-songwriter Savannah Conley on backing vocals.

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