Southern rockin’ triple threat—singer, songwriter, and guitar slinger—Noah Riley Teal may only be 17 years old, but he doesn’t sound it. His empathy as a lyricist and a vocalist, and his fretboard flare evoke the presence of a well-seasoned Americana artist, brimming with hard-luck wisdom three times his age. Today Riley has released “I’m Coming Around,” which can be found on his upcoming album.
His self-titled debut album, Noah Riley Teal, produced by ace Zac Brown Band multi-instrumentalist Coy Bowles, is a vibrantly varied collection of songs threaded together with a love of Southern and Classic rock, Americana, Blues, and Country.
“Playing guitar was my strong suit, but I didn’t have experience writing songs. With the mentorship of Coy, I finally got it, and that’s when we started to talk about making an album,” Teal recalls. Again his determination paid off and Clay Cook and John Hopkins of ZBB, Tyler Greenwell of Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Benji Shanks from Blackberry Smoke threw their hats into the ring and joined the project.
He may be an old soul, but he’s not set in his ways. Constantly evolving as an artist, he sees his debut as a primer for what he’s capable of as a musician. Teal finalizes, “the goal of this album is learning how to connect as a writer and this is the first step into finding myself as an artist not just a guitar player, and I can’t wait to see where else this journey leads me.”
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