CHRIS NOLE is Jazz, Blues, & Groove - Whether hammering out a ramblin' piano instrumental or singing a soulful melody, Chris Nole brings it all together with his solid piano grooves, eclectic songs, and spicy vocals!
ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW ALBUM CREDITS AND LINER NOTES FROM CHRIS:
1 CARELESS LOVE (Traditional)
There are countless versions of this classic song. The original words of the song are very dark (it’s actually
about murdering an ex lover). That didn't appeal so much to me, so I re-wrote some lines and felt what I had
was a new take on this traditional blues song. I do play it live now and then. Brittany Allyn helped me out with
some wonderful back-up vocals.
2 ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW (Chris Nole - Strathmere Music BMI)
This tune started it out with a funky drum groove and a simple suspended seven piano ‘lick’. The lyrics are colorful
- each verse switches to another scenario - all leading to the same question - can we sometimes please try to look
at things from someone’s else’s perspective. I have to work at this every day - I am making some progress (one day at a time!) Jack Pearson played some amazing mandolin and dobro on this track.
3 LAY ACROSS MY PIANO (Chris Nole / Stephonie Seekell - Strathmere Music BMI & Stephonie Seekell Music Publishing)
Written with Stephonie Seekell - we were playing together at a piano bar here in Nashville a few years ago - somehow
we got stuck for a tune to play - I started dabbling on the piano with some chords and flirtatious lyrics - we didn’t get
to far with a complete composition that night but we always laughed about the steamy, sexy, piano man song we
improvised into being that night. We eventually finished it - I’ve played it out just a few times - for this song to work live,
I have to be seated at a beautiful big grand piano. I usually get smiles and ooohs from certain audience members when I
sing this tune (no phone numbers on napkins to date). John Gardner on drums.
4 MY LAST CLEAN SHIRT (Chris Nole - Strathmere Music BMI)
Clarksdale Mississippi - Ground Zero Studios - I was down there for two days recording with a new up and
coming singer. Well, as usual, the session was running a little longer than expected. I had to get back to Nashville for
another session the following day. In the control room I blurted out to the band and producer that I really need to
hit the road“I’m down to my last clean shirt”. The bass player looked at me and said that I need to write ‘that’ song.
So I did - again it all started with a groove - an old school blues shuffle like thang. The scenery and story comes from my past - traveling all over the country in the late eighties, chasing the musical dream while losing and letting go of some other really important stuff - chalk it up to youth. Jack Pearson added his world class electric guitar on this track.
5 HOUSE OF THE RISING SON (Traditional)
What a powerful song - a lot of people think this song came about with the Animals release of it in 1970, but it’s been around a long, long time. The lyrics tell an ominous story of sin and misery. I tried to keep the emotion and dynamics of this
New Orleans classic throughout with the use of my piano arrangement. A ripping hammond solo enters in the middle
of the song. John Gardner added some tasty jazz waltz drums to this track.
6 WAYFARING STRANGER (Traditional)
I’ve had the good fortune to play this traditional spiritual song with other great artists. I always liked the structure of the
song and, of course, the uplifting lyrics that tell the hopeful story of leaving this world for a better place - reuniting
with lost loved ones.
7 WHEN YOU GO (Chris Nole - Strathmere Music BMI)
A song of realization, clarity and selflessness. Most of us have been here. It’s over - It’s REALLY over - it just didn’t work.
I wish her only the best - yes, I will hurt and cry - but we will both live to tell about it (unlike in Careless Love!).
This track took on a moody R&B life of it’s own. My Beach Boys influence is probably obvious to the listener in the back
up vocals on this track. Jack Pearson plays the perfect electric guitar parts and Brittany Allyn brings the female in this story
to life with her vocal parts.
8 GROOVE STEW (Chris Nole - Strathmere Music BMI)
Express yourself! That’s what I did on this track - I grew up listening to Bill Withers and Billy Preston on a record player in my bedroom. The clavinet is alive and well - this track started with a funky clavinet line - I added a Steve Gadd drum loop and away we went. Jack Pearson laid down some great electric guitar. I think it has a classic 70’s feel - recorded in 2009!
9 AMAZING GRACE (Traditional)
Solo Piano - I recorded this song for the first time back in the early eighties. I felt I needed to do it once again - this time with a few more years under my belt. I tried to keep it simple and honest. In addition to adding reverence and reflectiveness to
ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW, I feel it compliments and contrasts the other nine songs on this project.
10 WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN (Traditional)
For most of my life I viewed this boisterous New Orleans song as a ‘party song’. Upon further pondering of the verse lyrics,
I’ve come to look at the song in a different light. I always wanted to hear the verses at a slower tempo, but I felt the song couldn’t be conveyed all the way through like that. So I chose to do the first and last verse at a slower melancholy tempo.
It takes on a whole new mood. John Gardner on drums, Jack Pearson on guitar, Brittany Allyn - back up vocals.
Produced by Chris Nole