WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE - W&TBN DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM OUT TODAY (2/12)
RAVE REVIEWS FLOODING IN
BAND MAKES NATIONAL TV DEBUT ON “LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS”
“…a wide-open power surge of crunchy blues and Americana, with plenty of the country music she sang as one-half of the Judds…when Wy tears loose on the bluesier numbers that affords her the chance to show she can still take it to 11.”
--Stephen L. Betts, ROLLINGSTONE.COM, January 8, 2016
WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE release their debut self-titled album today (2/12) on Curb Records. Buzz and anticipation has been building for some time and the music is speaking loudly. Rave reviews are flooding in (see below) with critics calling this arguably the best album of her career, describing the music as raw, rootsy, joyful, tough and tender, noting that this project marks the beginning of a new chapter in the American music icon’s 30+ year career.
Following a one week streaming preview on NPR’s “First Listen,” the album is available now in digital, CD and vinyl formats at Amazon and iTunes.
Special guests on WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE include Susan Tedeschi, Jason Isbell, Timothy B Schmit and Derek Trucks. It was produced by Cactus Moser, WYNONNA’s husband and longtime drummer and includes cuts written by the band, as well as Americana innovator Julie Miller to R&B's Raphael Saadiq to Music Row legend John Scott Sherrill and multiple CMA Awards-winner and Grammy nominee Chris Stapleton, coupled with WYNONNA's commanding and incomparable voice.
The band made their national TV debut this week on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Watch WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE perform “Ain't No Thing”: http://www.nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers/video/wynonna-the-big-noi...
Media Praise for WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE:
“…the self-titled Wynonna & The Big Noise brings a raw, unvarnished approach to the album's dozen tracks, which run the gamut from gutsy blues to sweet, Seventies-inspired country-pop. While the LP is a natural for the wide-open Americana format, Wynonna's legions of country fans will feel right at home...”
--Stephen L. Betts, ROLLINGSTONE.COM, November 6, 2015
“Wynonna & The Big Noise lays bare the joy that is Judd's most potent gift as a vocalist...Wynonna's in the big field now. But she was always there anyway, with her magnificently versatile alto and penchant for both belting and swooning. With her tight band behind her after touring together for several years, she just sounds like she's home...You can just feel the grin on her face.”
--Ann Powers, NPR, February 3, 2016
“Singer Wynonna Judd opens a new chapter in her long career with her forthcoming album Wynonna & The Big Noise, her first with a full band of her own...the sound, however, is a departure, more stripped to the bone and rootsy, more contemporary American...”
--Randy Lewis, LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 22, 2016
“…a celebration of love. In talking with the country songstress, one gets the feeling she is at a blissful point in her life where she has wanted to be for a long time -- and it can be heard glowingly on each track…What sets the disc -- her first of non-covers since 2003's What The World Needs Now Is Love -- apart is that it is truly a band effort recorded with her four-man ensemble.”
--Chuck Dauphin, BILLBOARD, January 29, 2016
“Although she’s never been away, this feels like a comeback for Wynonna Judd…this is primarily Wynonna and her band collaborating on a set of first-class songs that succeed by sounding far more rootsy, earthy and raw than in the past…it’s yet additional proof of her tough/tender, sassy/sensitive vocal prowess and arguably the finest release of her extensive career. 4 out of 5 stars.”
--Hal Horowitz, AMERICAN SONGWRITER, February 12, 2016
“The long-awaited return of one of country’s best voices…she has a new approach to country here…Wynonna finds the groove on ‘Staying in Love’ from R&B singer Raphael Saadiq, playing up the rock edge and showing off her soulful falsetto. It shares a great strutting vibe with the sultry ‘You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast,’ a Julie Miller single that features Moser playfully keeping up with Wy on backing vocals…Wynonna is still best when she’s taking a pretty folk song to church, like she does on the gorgeous “Things That I Lean On” with Jason Isbell or the soothing ‘Jesus and a Jukebox.’”
--Glenn Gamboa, NEWSDAY, February 11, 2016
“…she's reinvented herself again. The self-titled album with her new band is a mix of country, soul, rock, blues, mountain and just plain attitude…Wynonna & the Big Noise just may be her best album ever. Which is saying a lot.”
--Chuck Yarborough, CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, January 26, 2016
“…never better than on Wynonna & the Big Noise, the eye-opening debut from the latest configuration she leads with husband, co-producer and drummer Cactus Moser. Wynonna has never sounded looser or more confident than on this 12-song set that rocks as much as, if not more than, it twangs and positions her firmly as a heavyweight in the Americana ranks. Virtually everything clicks here…It’s a big, and beautiful noise for sure. Grade: A”
--Gary Graff, THE OAKLAND PRESS, February 12, 2016
“Wynonna’s voice grabs a hold of these lyrics and simply slays / seduces / captivates each line as she never has before…the singer manages to not only sing the words of those songs – she is the lyrics of those songs – which makes the music all the more powerful…When you listen to this album, you drink in the music as if it’s your own personal meeting with the singer. And, what could be any cooler than that?”
--Chuck Dauphin, SOUNDSLIKENASHVILLE.COM, February 8, 2016