The Long Ryders • Joe Nolan

The Long Ryders

Joe Nolan

Beachland Ballroom
All Ages
The Long Ryders, founders of alt country, play the Beachland Ballroom.

The Long Ryders were formed in 1982 by young American musicians influenced by Gram Parsons, C&W, Sir Doug Sahm, and the energetic punk scene found in their hometown of Los Angeles. The Long Ryders were a near-perfect anecdote to formula stadium rock and wimpy synth-pop. The band featured Sid Griffin on guitar, autoharp, and harmonica, Stephen McCarthy on guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, and banjo, Tom Stevens, bass, and Greg Sowders, playing drums and percussion. With a sound reminiscent of the Buffalo Springfield and The Flying Burrito Brothers, but with a harder edge, they anticipated the alternative country music of the 1990s by a decade.

Joe Nolan is Heralded by the Globe & Mail, and No Depression as americana alt-country wunderkind, an opinion confirmed by his 2014 Colin Linden produced Tornado in Nashville TN.

The Edmonton, Alberta native is back with Cry Baby 2018. The 10-song collection is a trip through melancholic madness, touching on darkness and depression, broken relationships and endless booze-fuelled evenings. Yet, at its core is Nolan’s unwavering strength as a lyricist, singer and his wounded-heart delivery that reminds us of our humanity.

Joe's been performing non-stop over the past few years, building an ever-growing fan base. He has shared stage with and/or opened for the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Wilco, The Strumbellas, Shakey Graves, Hawksley Workman, Todd Snider, Colin Linden, and the legendary Peter Asher.

Venue Information:
Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH, 44110