Noah Gundersen w/sg Doug Paisley
At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran. Born in the tiny town of Centralia, Washington–about midway between Portland and Seattle–Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo (with his sister Abby, an expert string player) and with their band The Courage. He’s already placed songs on TV shows like "Sons of Anarchy" "Vampire Diaries," and "One Tree Hill." (“Middle of June” from his 2009 EP Saints and Liars). His full-length solo debut, "Ledges," represents the latest stop in a journey that began in his strictly conservative, religious home growing up, where he was strictly forbidden to listen to secular music. Instead he grew up listening to Bob Dylan’s gospel albums, along with Christian artists such as Keith Green, Larry Norman, and Rich Mullins. “I’m not a religious person anymore, but I’ve learned that spiritual energy transcends religion and that’s something I’ve attempted to incorporate into my music,” Noah explains. An impressive personal work, Ledges co-mingles the sensual and the sexual with the spiritual, often using religious and biblical imagery, much like Leonard Cohen, to plumb the depths of everyday emotions and feelings. Songwriter and "anti-star"(Mojo) Doug Paisley is tonight's special guest.