Exclusive Interview: Natalie Noone of Natalie Noone & the Maybes

By Dave Carew

This Friday evening Natalie Noone & the Maybes will be featured performers at Nashville’s annual Gram Parsons tribute concert/ festival (Gram InterNational VI Nashville: 40 Years Gone), scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. at Douglas Corner.

In this exclusive interview with Underground Nashville, Ms. Noone, who is the daughter of lead singer Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, reflects on Americana music, her personal artistic influences, and the effect her famous dad has had on her new music career:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  As an artist and a person, what draws you to Americana music?

NATALIE NOONE: Americana music, for me, is the best example of a kind of musical acculturation. It is a unifying thread weaving many different influences and backgrounds and I am drawn to its truth and authenticity. I try to be transparent and vulnerable, while not apologizing for the ways in which I don’t fit the “mold.” I am pleased to be paying tribute to Gram Parsons, as he was a true pioneer. I’ll never forget the first time I heard “A Song For You.”

UN: What do you MOST want people to understand about you and your music?

NN:  I want my audience to understand or relate to the fact that I just don’t understand. It is in my complete confusion that I write songs and try to make sense of great mysteries like romance and finance.

UN: In what specific ways has your dad helped you become the artist you are today?  What advice did he offer you?

NN: My father is one of the hardest-working men in show business. There isn’t much leisure involved in an operation like his, and his road-warrior wisdom is absolutely priceless. I sometimes try to apply the model in which he entered the music business to my career and he always corrects me by saying, “You are a true artist, it is going to take you longer to make it.”

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew



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