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"Brtingin' it Back Home"

"When I listen to this singer-songwriter's first album in 40 years (!!!???) I'm really thrilled. Naked, intimate, close, acoustic, beautiful are some of the words popping up in my head. The feeling of the album is sort of close to Neil Diamond's latest two albums, and that, my friends, are as good as anything!"

- Johan Kronqvist / Rootsy -
- Rootsy Magizine


"Bringin' it back Home"

"40 years after his first album, Steve Noonan returns with a brilliant, acoustic piece of work."

Johan Annetorp - Rootsy Magizine


"STEVE NOONAN **** Bringin' it Back Home"

Songwriters made in California

Two destinies, maybe not interconnected but rather tangled, with always above, the embarrassing and unavoidable shadow of Jackson Browne, their high-school friend. Among other common points, Noonan and Copeland have written many songs together, including Buy for me the rain, which was recorded with some success by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1967, and both release a new album after a very long hiatus — we’re talking 40 years for Noonan and 26 years for Copeland! A parallel interview will soon follow, providing us with more details about those different points.

Steve Noonan’s trajectory is similar to that of Greg Copeland’s. Flashback to 1968. Produced by Paul Rothchild (whose name will be removed on the artwork), Noonan’s debut album released by Elektra reminds you of Tim Buckley’s first album. Not surprising as Elektra wanted to make Noonan a second-coming Buckley. This mistake lead to a disagreement between the young man from Orange County and a lack of promotion by the label, sending the LP straight to hell, I mean the used records bins. Half of the songs were co-written with Copeland, the other half by the young Jackson Browne. You can read on the Internet Richie Unterberger’s story of this troubled period. Forty years later, Steve Noonan is alive and well. He does not play in stadiums but in Santa Cruz coffee houses and is releasing an entirely acoustic record, recorded and manufactured at home. Of course this is remote from Greg Leisz’s sophisticated production but everything is good in Bringing it Back Home when it comes to the intimate atmosphere of a guy face to face with himself, armed with his sole guitar against disappointed hopes (“It’s no big deal”), globalization and fair trade on “Fair Trade Boogie” (Your free trade isn’t fair, and it’s anything but free/And it takes us back a hundred years/to the days of slavery/fair trade is the only way we see/To reach equality) and politics with “War is Your Business” coupled with Sidney Carter’s “Crow on the Cradle” (the song was covered by Browne on No Nukes some thirty years ago). You’re closer to a Sammy Walker or a Bob Martin, with Noonan’s seasoned voice supported by a flawless guitar playing on true and honest songs. As this album is exclusively available through Noonan’s website, I urge you to also order the reissue of the Elektra album with three bonus tracks of songs off the 68 album recorded live forty years later. Then you can wait until early 2009 when the new album called Lightning Strikes Twice is released. Will Greg Leisz stand at the helm? You can always dream, can’t you?

Jacques-Eric Legarde

File next to Time the Conqueror, the new album by the third member of the South-Californian gang
- Xroads #13, November 2008


"SteveNoonan's "Bringin' it Back Home""

If Steve Noonan would have sung (as he does on “Brinigin’ It back Home”) four decades ago, on any well-known stage before current cameras, he would be right after “Blowin in The wind” and “Eve OF Destruction” world-wide at the campfires. And Noonan would be famous. What we hear on the completely personally manufactured Promo CD, is enough completely! A Singer/Songwriter of the old school, which to a large extent only with its skillfully played acoustic guitar stories tells. Not unlike Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Tim Hardin or also like a young Bob Dylan with the voice of the later.
The man sounds loose, has humor and is obviously content with his Karma. And sings now its Songs, which, as further stands to read, developed only in the last months before the admission.
- ROCKTIMES – Germany


"JAckson Browne Interview"

Patricia Ann Brody interviews Jackson Browne “…Do you use particular Guitar tunings on any of your songs?” “Yes…I do “Something Fine” in a SteveNoonan “G” tuning” - Guitar Player Magizine


"Orange County Three"

1967 Feature Article on Tim Buckley, Steve Noonan, and Jackson Browne
as the “OrangeCountyThree”
- Cheetah Magizine


"Steve Noonan's New CD"

Steve Noonan released his first album in 1968. It was such a huge smash success that he is releasing his follow-up immediately forty years later! Way back in the 1960’s there was a hip music magazine called Cheetah. The first issue featured a nude picture of Mama Cass on a bear skin rug. Did you know Mama Cass had a tattoo? It was Cheetah that labeled Tim Buckley, Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne as “The Orange County Three.” All three were friends who performed at the Paradox in Orange County and other folk clubs and all three were very talented songwriters. At that time Jackson Browne was not much of a singer and it would be a few years before he would make his first album, but Elektra Records had signed Tim Buckley and he had recorded his first LP. Looking for another singer songwriter to duplicate Buckley’s success, Elektra signed Steve Noonan in 1967. It seemed like a dream come true to the teenaged Noonan, but, sadly, it wasn’t. It turned out to be the worst thing for Steve Noonan’s professional ambitions.
Just as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had a Top 40 hit with Buy for Me the Rain, a song written by Steve Noonan and his friend Greg Copeland, Steve went to New York to record his album. Paul Rothchild, the legendary producer of the Doors and Janis Joplin was brought in to produce the album. But Elektra and Rothchild wanted Tim Buckley II, not Steve Noonan. They tried desperately to recreate Noonan in Buckley’s image and Steve resisted. The clash led to Rothchild storming out and taking his name off the record. Steve said, “You can take my name off it, too.” The record came out. Elektra spent twenty dollars on promotion and it sunk like a stone. I bought a copy for sixty-six cents at Aaron’s Records on Melrose. The album and the artist who made it deserved better. Leaning Back and Laughing is as fine a track as anything ever released on the label.
The second Steve Noonan album is the work of a seasoned artist, a singer songwriter who has labored in relative obscurity for all these years. While Tim Buckley fell victim to rock’s excesses, and Jackson Browne rose to fame and played intimate songs in baseball stadiums, Steve Noonan played coffee houses and living rooms, always writing and playing and singing. Most of the artists of the sixties did their best work in their twenties. But here we find Steve Noonan just a bit older and doing some of the strongest work of his life. The songs on this new album were mostly written in the last few months. Listening to these songs now is like hearing an exciting new discovery. It’s like finding a forgotten gem for sixty six cents in the bargain bin at Aaron’s.
- Gary Shapiro "From The Shelf"


Discography

Steve Noonan on Elektra Records - released Aug 1968 - now a Rare Collectors Item - with a Re-Release on CD by Collectors Choice Records. New CD "Brinin' it Back Home" Now Available www.stevenoonan.com

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Early Influences were Woddy Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, New Lost City Ramblers, Mance Lipscome, Broownie McGee and Sonny Terry, Rev. Gary Davis -
I co-wroye the first hit for the NittyGrittyDirtBand (with Greg Copeland) "BuyForMeTheRain" Co-wrote a tune with Jackson Browne "Trusting is a Harder Thing" which appeared on my Elektra Album - and was one of the "OrangeCountyThree" interviewed in Cheetah Maguizine in the late sixties - the other two were Tim Buckley and Jackson Browne - I have a New CD in production now - all New songs from this year.