Nashville, TN – On Tuesday, August 2, acclaimed pianist Chris Nole will release his first studio album in a decade. Entitled ‘It Be What It Be,’ the new collection of songs has been described as a ‘rousing celebration of vintage blues, rock, and New Orleans-style piano and song.’ Elegantly transcending genre with masterful musical tact, the new record marks Nole’s relevance as an American songwriter and performer in a contemporary music scene.
Nole’s career has been a remarkable one. He’s toured and recorded with notable artists the likes of John Denver, Faith Hill, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams, and Shelby Lynne. His versatility on the keys has kept in demand within the Nashville music community for over two decades, ever since he arrived from New Jersey in 1987. ‘It Be What It Be,’ however, is Nole stretching his chops as a solo artist penning original music for the first time in years.
An album like ‘It Be What It Be’ must be built upon a firm foundation of inspiration and influence. Nole’s piano performance takes a cue from legends like Professor Longhair, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, Dr. John, and more. Old school boogie, blues, and rock pianists had an immeasurable impact on Nole as he began to perform and write music. In particular, he was fascinated with the music scene of New Orleans; a sound represented poignantly in his new release.
‘It Be What It Be’ is an excursion through Nole’s creative musings and passions. His skill for a boogie, blues, and New Orleans piano is infectious, and his presence on each track is wholly authentic, perfectly harnessing a variety of great American music styles into a cohesive, impressive collection of songs.
Before its release, fans can preview tracks off the record on Chris Nole’s official website. The release is due out on the main digital music platforms on August 2.