Album Review: Noah Guthrie - "The Valley"

One of our favorite discoveries from CMA Music Fest 2017 delivers a strong new album project that rivals any a-list release.

The first moment you hear Noah Guthrie it’s easy to see why he became a cast member on the final season of TV show Glee. “Razor Blade” has interesting lyrics and Guthrie wails the chorus in a powerful raspy style that recalls Will Hoge. In fact, Hoge is an apt comparison on the songwriting components too as Guthrie delivers strong lyrical songs throughout this ten track affair. “Love You Now” and “Break The Silence” recall a young Rodney Crowell as a songwriter with a bit of Ray LaMontagne in there for good measure.

Those are all heady comparisons with various levels of star singer/songwriters but they all work for Noah Guthrie. “The Valley” is the expertly performed and produced while “Pardon Me” is a slice of beautiful bluesy country soul and it’s the kind of song mainstream radio (no matter the genre) could use more of. There are some raw emotions at the surface of these lyrics which deal with heartbreak. The musical choices showcase an artist who sounds older than he is and when you add in the fact that this twenty-something vocal firebrand co-produced the project with his brother Ian Guthrie, we have the makings of an artist who should be a star.

Passionate vocals, passionate vocals and strong production makes The Valley a worthy record to listen to and better yet, purchase. Noah Guthrie is a rare talent, the kind we need to hear more of.
Watch "Pardon Me" here: