Today, the multi-talented Noah Riley Teal releases his debut 10-track self-titled album. At just 18-years-old, singer, songwriter, and guitar slinger Noah is a southern rock triple threat. His empathy as a lyricist and a vocalist, coupled with his fretboard flare, evoke the presence of a well-seasoned artist, with wisdom three times his age. Produced by ace Zac Brown Band multi-instrumentalist Coy Bowles, Noah Riley Teal is a vibrant collection of songs threaded together with touches of southern and classic rock, Americana, blues, and country.
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The record’s focus track, “Georgia Eyes,” is the quintessential southern rock song. “They say ‘last but not least,’ and ‘Georgia Eyes’ is a great example of that,” Noah explains. “It was the final song we wrote for the album and it was the first love song, but also doubles as a love letter to the place I call home. Out of all the songs, I feel this song really is the perfect mashup of my writing, singing, and guitar playing.”
V13 Magazine showed early praise of the young rocker’s debut album stating, “It often takes artists time to grow and evolve, but Noah Riley Teal has blossomed much faster than most. The evidence is on his self-titled debut album [Noah Riley Teal]... he displays a musical maturity well beyond his years as a singer, a songwriter, and an impressive guitar player. His songwriting style is diverse, with moments of pumped-up rock n’ roll, more traditional country rock, and some obvious blues-infused guitar playing.”
The project’s lead single, “Shoulda Seen the Other Guy,” released April 14 and exclusively unveiled by New Noise Magazine, showcases Noah’s cool, laidback drawl as he flexes some tasty guitar work, while Mainstreet Nashville praised the track in their “Music Spotlight” feature saying: “‘Should Have Seen The Other Guy’ [is] an edgy blues-rock anthem that belies his young age.” The song’s burly riffage and scene-setting lyrics conjure the ominous thrills of a good old-fashioned bar fight. The music video is a teenage take on the bar fight scene, spotlighting Noah and a fellow guitarist dueling for the girl, where Noah’s sights are set on the guitar in the end.
Coming off the release of his debut single Noah delivered another look into Noah Riley Teal with his sophomore single, “I’m Coming Around,” released May 26. The track is a country-infused surprise from a blues-burner, showcasing another side to his talents.
Ghettoblaster Magazine exclusively unveiled the single along with the sweet and playful official music video yesterday, Thursday, May 25. Set at a carnival, the video paints a nostalgic picture of young love with the song coaxing the story along. A fun-loving music video for a high-energy song, it will have you reminiscing on your teenage years, while offering further insight into just who Noah Riley Teal is, both as an artist and a young man coming into his own.
Noah’s effortlessness at whipping up muscular rock’n’roll, groovy twanging-country, and searing blues-influenced guitar, recalls the era of when bellbottomed rock legends ruled the airwaves. But his sharp contemporary edge puts him right in line with song-oriented modern artists.
He is nothing short of determined. “I’ve always had one goal in life, to play music on the largest stage there is,” Noah shares, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to reach that lifelong dream. It was this pestering level of persistence to have a life in music that caught ZBB’s Coy Bowles’ attention. He is the one who also challenged Noah to write songs.
“Playing guitar was my strong suit, but I didn’t have experience writing songs. With the mentorship of Coy, I finally got it, and that’s when we started to talk about making an album,” Noah recalls. Again his determination paid off and Clay Cook and John Hopkins of ZBB, Tyler Greenwell of Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Benji Shanks from Blackberry Smoke threw their hats into the ring and joined the project.
Noah may be an old soul, but he’s not set in his ways. Constantly evolving as an artist, he sees his debut as a primer for what he’s capable of as a musician. Noah finalizes, “the goal of this album is learning how to connect as a writer and this is the first step into finding myself as an artist not just a guitar player, and I can’t wait to see where else this journey leads me.”
Noah Riley Teal Tracklisting:
“Shoulda Seen The Other Guy”
“Ride or Die”
“I’m Coming Around”
“The Next Train Out of Town”
“Deal Me Out”
“Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Blues”
“Son of a River Man”