January 25, 2007

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The nation is listening
Radio campaign for the Ron Noyes Band
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Radio stations from California to Maine and even across the seas already have original tracks from the Ron Noyes Band in regular rotation.

With Powderfinger Promotions campaigning for the New England band, originally based in Concord, the numbers are due to rise.

“We sent (Powderfinger Promotions) a CD and they called pretty much right after that with interest in doing a full national campaign,” said Ron Noyes, the sparking ember of the Ron Noyes Band.

More than four years ago, Noyes emerged into the scene as a one-unit team. After he recorded a solo album (Mosaic, 2002) the Ron Noyes Band (RNB) came together as a full five-piece band, putting out two more albums.

As Noyes describes it, each album release for RNB brings something bigger and better. With the first album produced by the full band (Something Else, 2004) RNB stepped out of the local New Hampshire circuit and became a regional act, performing throughout New England.

Powderfinger is regarded as one of the top radio promotion and publicity firms in North America. It represents artists and companies such as 311, India Arie and Columbia Records.

With their most recent release (Come Hell or High, 2006), Powderfinger takes RNB outside of the New England scene and into the national scene.

“It’s got a southern feel to it, but still rootsy, kind of Ben Harper meets the Allman Brothers — a bit of roots rock with strong hooks. I don’t want to say pop music but it’s accessible to a wide audience,” Noyes said.

RNB is Noyes on lead vocals and guitar; Andy Young on keyboard; Frank Rayno on bass; Tim Gray on drums; and Jon Blanchette on lead guitar.

“We fit in between a jam band and a pop band. We’ve got this soul influence which, I think, is unique and upbeat, something that people can dance to,” Noyes said.

“At some points, there’s an organ solo, sometimes just a guitar solo or a bass solo. It’s not all dominated by guitar, or organ or bass solos. It’s a collective. Really, the song dictates where we go with it,” Noyes said.

The Ron Noyes Band will also cover some early soul music, like Otis Redding or Ray Charles, but their original tracks are familiar to audiences across the area.

JAM Magazine ranked RNB #8 among the Top 100 albums out of New England with the release of Something Else. JAM also nominated RNB for “Best Artist of the Year.” The European Americana charts ranked RNB #22.

See 'em
Who: The Ron Noyes Band
When: Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Press Room; Friday, Feb. 16, at Alan’s
Where: The Press Room, 77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186; Alan’s, 133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631.
For more information: Go to ronnoyesband.com or myspace.com/ronnoyesband to hear music samples or for more show listings.