Magnolia Boulevard’s debut album, “New Illusion” is contagious with its bluesy, soulful flavor and grooves that jam effortlessly. I listened to the Kentucky quintet’s last track, “Sister” first. Maggie Noelle, lead vocalist, wrote the song in honor of her best friend. It’s the record’s standout. The gentle picking guitar and rumbling bass, that is almost meditative, initiates its heartfelt sentiments. The tribute is captivating both in its lyrics and accompanying instrumentals.
The Lexington, KY quintet, lead vocalist Maggie Noelle, guitarist Gregg Erwin, drummer Todd Copeland, keyboardist Ryan Allen, and bassist John Roberts, has been packing clubs for the past three years, along with an extensive tour supporting Blues Traveler in 2019.
Between touring the festival circuit and putting the finishing touches on a forthcoming EP in July, the Lexington, KY-based Magnolia Boulevard was shaping up for a busy summer. Not to be deterred in the wake of Covid-19, the band decided to release a powerful live session of its new single, “Ride."
An upbeat expression with funk and soul influences, “Ride” explores the art of finding joy in little the little things.
Check out the premiere of the live performance video of “Ride” here: