Ian Noe “Tom Barrett” – there is a darkness

Photo: David McClister

A second song from Ian Noe’s new album ‘River Fools and Mountain Saints‘ which paints in a song a series of portraits of Appalachia and its people as it is today.  So, ‘Tom Barrett’, documents a war veteran’s return to Appalachia, returning to a community that once shunned him whilst adjusting to the after effects of a life of violence.

Ian Noe has said of the song “‘Tom Barrett’ is about a relentless soldier’s life, inspired by local vets I used to know, or knew about. I talk about it a lot but juxtaposing dark themes or subject matter with upbeat melody is something I’ve always been drawn to. This song is an example of that.”


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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