Stories to Tell: Isaac Rudd at the Slippery Noodle Inn

Country Singer Isaac Rudd Plays Indy’s Slippery Noodle Inn January 11th

Love it or hate it, country’s roots go deep. After all, the genre’s precursors emerged around the same time the blues did. In fact, country interchangeable with the blues, as far as the public was concerned, right up until the late ’40s. Moreover, the influences that created the so-called “hillbilly music” of the ’20s and ’30s go back centuries. So, when a new country performer ascends the stage, they come with a hundredweight of history in tow. On that note, brothers and sisters, allow me to introduce Isaac Rudd. Isaac with be performing at the Slippery Noodle Inn on January 11th.

A Brief History

Rudd has what may be the most country origin imaginable: the farming community of Kirklin, Indiana. According to his biography, Rudd grew up listening to the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. This, of course, led to an early interest in music. When his sister brought home a guitar, Rudd set about learning some of his favorite songs. Before too long, Rudd began writing his own material. The stage was the next logical step.

His Sound
Isaac Rudd’s sound is not wildly dissimilar from the currently country paradigm. In other words, his country sound is shot through with pop. It is melodic, catchy, and smooth. All the things you need to get decent airplay. That said, Rudd uses the twangy guitar and mournful vocals well. Moreover, Rudd shows his influences with his melancholic, but not maudlin, lyrics. The viewpoint characters in his songs might be weeping over wreaked lives, but they do it with dignity, by gad! This keeps him from sounding disingenuous, and lends him a little gravitas in the bargain.

So, as always. The Venue is the Slippery Noodle, door’s at 8:30.

See you there!

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