True music lovers have been crying out for something completely fresh and unique for years, and Seattle may have just found the answer. Blake Noble is an Australian multi-Instrumentalist now living in Seattle, Washington. He plays foot stompin' Aussie Roots music with noticeable passion and energy and has people all over the PNW talking about his music. Blake's area of expertise are the 12-string acoustic Guitar, which he plays in a style called 'Percussive Guitar' using the face and body of the acoustic guitar like a drum kit to almost breaking point. Blake is also an accomplished player of the ancient Australian Didgeridoo, which features in his live set.
Noble was recently personally invited to share the stage with harmonica legend Lee Oskar at The Triple Door in Seattle, a career highlight if there ever was one; as well as appearing in front of 1,500 fans on stage with Spike & the Impalers after they caught Blake's set at The Neptune Theater for Music Aid NW Play it Forward concert (Blake shared the stage with Alan White (Yes, John Lennon), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Heart by Heart, Lee Oskar & many more.
Since then, Noble's schedule has been filling up fast with dates like NW Folklife Festival, Elkfest (Spokane), Fremont Fair, The Lavender Festival, Bite of Seattle, Music in the Plaza (Everett), Bellevue Live at Lunch, Chinook Fest (most requested act to return in 2013), Goodstock Fest, and more. Blake has also featured on TV on Evening Magazine and New Day Northwest, and radio on The Bob Rivers Show and Marty Riemer. Think Richie Havens meets Les Claypool meets Xavier Rudd, and you are well on your way to discovering Blake Noble.
Blake is the serious business. Four years ago he quit his job, sold his stuff and moved into a tent for two years to focus entirely on music. Blake hit his stride in 2012 with his 12-string percussive guitar flair, securing endorsement deals with Elixir Strings, Bigfoot Stompbox and Didgeridoo Breath and independently releasing his first album titled 'Music for the end of the world', bravely shrugging off advice and keeping it completely instrumental.
Blake released his new song and music video 'Perpetual Leader' on December 21st, 2012 on youtube to rave reviews. The new record 'Underdog' will be available in June, 2013.
Session Musician for film 'Good For Nothing' (New Zealand)
The Blake Noble Band
The Codebreakers (acoustic duo)
Within his first six months of becoming a permanent resident of Seattle, Blake had won the Northwest Lovefest Open Stage Competition, toured in four states, and has opened for some huge names including: Alan White (Yes, John Lennon), John Popper (Blues Traveller), Lee Oskar (War), Steve Fossen, Mike Derossier (Heart by Heart (includes: Somar Macek, Randy Hansen, and Andy Baldwin) Geoffrey Castle, Caspian Coberly, Kris Orlowski, Ivan & Alyosha, Cody Beebe & the Crooks, The True Spokes (Flowmotion), Floater, Tango Alpha Tango, Aaron Daniel, Ben Union, Tim Snider, Marcus Eaton, Luc & the Lovingtons, Perry Acker, Van Eps, Tommy Simmons & more! He hit the festival circuit at Play it Forward III at The Neptune Theatre, Chinook Fest, BrodieNation Fest, People w/ Instruments, NW Lovefest, Rock the Gap, Rock to Cure Diabetes, Play it Forward 3, Seattle Living Room Show, and Washington State Fair.
"...sounds great!! the Video [Perpetual Leader] is so good too ..Great works just keep on coming out of Australia"
Tommy Emmanuel CGP - Guitarist
"Amazing Skills! Seattle is used to rain, so hopefully they won't be too upset when you take them by storm"
Jon Gomm - Guitarist (UK)
"Blake Noble doesn't play the guitar like most people do, he attacks it like Richie Havens used to, just beating on it, turning it into a percussion instrument. There's a raw energy to his playing that makes that necessary, as though his energy can't be fully expressed just by the strings."
Pat Muir - On Magazine
"Amazing stuff. And great playing - your stuff is both complex and accesible, which is what I always strive for in my writing. Great work."
Trace Bundy - Guitarist (USA)
"You can feel your mood actually surrender to the power of this new, yet familiar music."
Russ Wathen - Central Washington Live
"His quick strumming and drumming on the guitar resembled a style made popular by Rodrigo y Gabriela and the low vibrations of the didjeridoo echoed through the open field. Noble deserves to be heard by many."
Alina Shanin, Seattle Music Insider
"When Blake Noble views his 12-string guitar, he sees not only the steel strings, but the whole percussive potential of the hollow body"
Kevin Bull, Reverb Magazine