Sylvia Rose Novak
The Rogue Tones
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Sylvia Rose Novak
Sylvia Rose Novak is a musician in a class all her own. Music has always been a facet of her life, so much so that her parents remember that she started to sing before she could talk. According to her mother, as a small child Novak not only could follow a tune but also could harmonize, hitting pitches perfectly.
Novak has worked a multitude of jobs through the years: horse training, amateur boxing, fitness instruction, turf grass research worker, and, as she puts it, she's “tended a hell of a lot of bar.” She took this variety of jobs as much out of curiosity as necessity, and when she first started performing music, she viewed it as just one job among many. The difference, however, was that Sylvia Rose Novak quickly came to realize that creating and performing music would become her lifelong passion.
Raised on a steady diet of folk staples including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joan Baez curtesy of her mother and classic country like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Eddy Arnold from her father – and also a mix of show tunes, Irish Tenors, Bee Gees, and Moody Blues thrown in for good measure -- Novak grew up surrounded by music. Her mother played guitar and both her parents enjoyed singing.
Novak excelled at any instrument put in front of her, whether it was piano in her early years, trombone in middle school and high school bands or the cheap red Silvertone bass that her father bought her at age 12. Since then, Novak has mastered a multitude of instruments including banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, and violin.
Growing up in Opelika, Alabama, as a “first-generation” Southerner -- her mother being from Massachusetts and her father from South Dakota -- Novak frequently bucked against many of the conventions and mores of South during her formative years. When one of her high school teachers introduced her to Southern Gothic literature, Novak became transfixed on the duality of the region and, as a result, began to attempt to write Southern Gothic literature of her own. With one unpublished short story and a myriad of crumpled poems tucked away, Novak gave up her pursuit of writing for several years. Until, purely by happenstance, she wrote her first song in the winter of 2012.
She performed her first fiddling gig in August 2013 playing with Chris Posey, who encouraged her to release her first album, "Chasing Ghosts," in 2014 while she was working as a horse trainer and luthier’s apprentice. During that time, she repaired and setup the antique fiddle she currently plays live. "Chasing Ghosts" earned international critical acclaim. As one reviewer said, “With songs about murder, love, regret, and the kind of obsession that would impress the NASA diaper lady, Novak strikes all the right notes on her exciting debut.” "Chasing Ghosts" was called “the kind of country music album that needs to be listened to by people that complain real Country Music died sometime between 1979 and Garth Brooks’ Chris Gaines record.”
She continued to work with Posey for several years, as well as having the pleasure to play a few one-off shows with Kyle Wilson and Adam Hood and stand in with Levi Lowery. Novak has opened for The Mulligan Brothers, Chris Knight, Caleb Caudle, Belle Adair, American Aquarium, Will Hoge, and Rod Picott.
In Sylvia Rose Novak’s new album, “Someone Else’s War,” her Americana style and remarkable lyrics shine throughout. Novak navigates her way through commentary on human nature and the country’s current political climate while drawing inspiration from such sources as Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” creating a moving personal statement both lyrically and musically. "Someone Else’s War" rolls up and down like a highway, introducing itself with an airy lament in “Wildflowers”, and culminating with the closing track “Santa Ana,” a devastating and powerful composition that will leave listeners haunted.
The Rogue Tones
The Rogue Tones are a high energy, Atlanta based five-piece band that are quickly making a name for themselves around the Southeast. They bring a versatile blend of influences that include rock, Americana, and funk, that are complimented by their southern roots. With each show, you’re guaranteed to feel the heart and soul they pour into their music and listeners will be invited to be a part of the show.
The Rogue Tones will release their first LP, “Black Sheep”, this spring and will hold their CD release party at Eddie’s Attic. The album consists of songs ranging from riff-heavy rock and roll, to acoustic driven Americana songs reminiscent of Ryan Adam’s “Cold Roses”. The album’s title track, “Black Sheep”, speaks to the struggles of navigating the world while doing what you love, despite what some would consider to be unconventional life choices. Another highlight on the record, “Amelia”, laments the feeling of loss and the difficulty of finally making the choice to move on and start over.
With a range of influences from The Black Crowes and Tom Petty, Marvin Gaye and Prince, The Rogue Tones continue to develop a groove-heavy, organic sound that pays tribute to the classic music that built the foundation for new artists today. Listeners can expect to hear thoughtful lyrics and melodies, delivered through carefully crafted arrangements and performances that come from the heart. “Black Sheep” will be released on May 16th, 2018.