If Your In The Mood For Great Harmonies, Strong Lyrics and Music Rich In History…..Meet , Nocona

Growing up in the 70’s , I was very much into the whole California Sound, from early Fleetwood Mac all the way back to The Byrds, it was a history filled with great bands and fantastic music built around harmonies and lyrics. I’m beginning to find it pointless to try and point out who a band reminds me of or what they sound like. Too many of these new bands take from various bands that are not all that alike, mix that up and come out with something that doesn’t quite fit one “label”. Nocona is just such a band. Beautiful harmonies, great music filled with memories of past legends with just enough of their own talent to say , “if you want to listen to a new Band that sounds great, has talented musicians, beautiful Harmonies, give a listen to Nocona.”

Hi our name is…. NOCONA

And our sound might be best described as….
The ghost of a cowboy being thrown off a cliff on a burning mountain or the grand canyon at night.

We are….
Chris Isom (guitar, vocals),
Adrienne Isom (guitar, vocals)
Annie Rothschild (bass, vocals)
Justin Smith (drums, percussion, vocals)
Elan Glasser (harmonica)

Who are some that have an influence on your sound?
Too many to name, but here are a few off the top of my head:
13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson & The Aliens, Merle Haggard, Doug Sahm, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Allan Toussaint, Ray Charles, Hank Williams Sr., Buck Owens, The Bee Gees, Simon & Garfunkel, The Sadies, Dr. Demento, The Ramones, The Velvet Underground, Can, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Los Caimanes, Trio De Los Panchos, Los Tres Aces, early Slayer, Waylon Jennings and others.

The first time we met was…..
I met Adrienne on the lower east side of NYC, Annie at my cousin’s bachelorette party in Venice, Justin at Taix lounge in Silver Lake, and Elan at my kid’s nursery school in Santa Monica USA.

We knew we were going to be a Band when………
When we finished getting 13 songs together..

Before starting the band we were employed as…….
Working stiffs and degenerates

Our craziest gig ever was….
It’s a tie for The Honky Tonk stage at The Stagecoach Music Festival and The Bonnoroo Music and arts festival

The first song we wrote was…….
Suicide Machine

It’s about……
Being a working stiff and a degenerate

What tunes are you currently jamming to…
“Marley Purt Drive”, The Bee Gees
“My Love Has Gone”, Miriam, Norton Records
“The Class of 57”, The Statler Bros
“Rocks in my head”, James Moore feat Clarence White
“So Much Blood”, The Sadies
“The Coldest Night of the year”, Vashti Bunyan
“How Everyone but sam was hypocrite”, Sandy Denny
“Lilac in hand”, Amen Dune
“Drink up and be somebody”, Merle Haggard
“Delirio”, Los Tres Aces
“Pelican Parade”, Alan Toussaint
“Murder of the Maria Marten”, Shirly Collins Albi

on Country Band

What are some of the 1st songs you remember listening to that made you say, that’s what I want to do…
“Start Me Up” The Rolling Stones
“The Sound of Silence” Simon & Garfunkel
“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys” Willie and Waylon

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Upcoming shows

San Francisco at Outside Lands Music Festival

Los Angeles, CA at Honky Tonk Hacienda @ El Cid

Santa Barbara, CA at Seven Bar and Kitchen

Los Angeles at The Grand Ole Echo

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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