Bluff Park resident Cory Nolen describes his music as a mixture of classic country sounds with modern spins
Bluff Park resident Corey Nolen harbors two passions in life: photography and songwriting. The self-described family man has spent years performing, writing and recording music, hoping to tell the stories that live inside of all of us.
The Hoover Sun recently caught up with Corey who has been in New York City wrapping up his latest album, “Drive Down South.” Corey will be playing a live show on May 20 at Moonlight on the Mountain to celebrate the release of the album. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
For more information about Corey, visit reverbnation.com/coreynolenmusic. For a full list of Moonlight on the Mountain events, visit moonlightonthemtn.com.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a simple, family man. I have a great wife and family and have been fortunate to be able to pursue my passions. By day, I’m a photographer and by night, I moonlight as a singer-songwriter.
Over the past 15 years I’ve written, recorded, and performed music in various fashions. Last spring, I released my first solo project “The Art of Waiting”. That fall I was fortunate to have a successful Kickstarter campaign. That had me recording again in March 2014, which was done here in Birmingham. I just returned from New York City where we finished mixing and mastering the tracks.
Describe what type of music you write and perform.
It’s so hard to classify any music these days. Most people say what I’m doing is alternative country. I grew up on country and I love classic country. The new album is a pretty great mixture of classic country sounds with some modern spins.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration for writing comes from pretty much everywhere. Most songs are written from my own perspective, specifically my experiences in relationships. If I recognize a good story going on in someone else’s life though then there’s a good chance I’m going to try and write about it.
What’s the greatest compliment you’ve ever received about your music?
“That song made me cry.” I mean that’s not what I’m aiming for but when folks have a real emotional experience with your words and music then I think that’s is pretty much the pinnacle. Making people smile is nice too.
What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?
To other aspiring artists or writers I’d say put yourself in positions to learn something about yourself. There can be lots of insecurity among artists. Finding your voice, even if it’s a small one, is invaluable. When you find that then you can pursue art with more satisfaction, always, always be willing to fail. It’s the best way to learn who you are.