New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Today, singer and songwriter Noah Kahan
is back with his new honest and heartfelt single "Stick Season
" out now via Mercury Records/ Republic Records/ Universal Music. For Noah, the song represents his homecoming, a lyrical homage to painful but necessary transitions brought to life by the imagery of the change of seasons in his home state of Vermont.
On the song, Noah says, "I wrote 'Stick Season' without knowing it would become, in my opinion, the most important song of my career. It allowed me to finally cross over into the style of songwriting that I have loved my entire life, and the second I finished writing it, I felt a level of comfort and honesty that I had never previously felt since I began my journey in music. Being able to tell a story, and being able to relate back to my home in New England in such an honest way, made me believe in myself again."
He continues, "At its core, 'Stick Season' is a song about feeling left behind and feeling trapped. It's about seeing the other side of a place you thought was only beautiful. As a relationship ends, some place or someone you used to look back at so fondly quickly transforms into a memory of pain. The beauty of autumn foliage in Vermont transforms into a brown and gray wasteland as we wait for the first snow. It is an unfortunate but necessary transition, similar in so many ways to the transition from familiar lovers into heartbroken strangers. I like to look at the song as hopeful; winter will come, the snow will fall, melt, and eventually summer will be back in all its beauty. You will suffer, move on, and survive again. The last line of the song, 'now you're tire tracks, and one pair of shoes, and I'm split in half, but that'll have to do' speaks to the acknowledgement of the end, an inventory of the pieces left behind, and an acceptance of the future."
" arrives on the heels of Noah's 2021 sophomore album I Was / I Am, featuring fan favorite single "Someone Like You
" feat. Joy Oladokun. Following the album release and Fall 2021 "I Was / I Am Tour," Noah continued to write and record, unlocking a new level of himself as an artist and songwriter with his single "Stick Season
" and forthcoming new music. Rife with fluttering guitar melodies, inviting vocals, and homey imagery of the Northeast on the verge of a change of seasons, the song represents another massive turning point for him. Noah first tested out "Stick Season
" live on tour last year to a rousing response, and a fan's video of the moment circulated quickly online. After performing the song live on social media, his fans reacted immediately and followers relentlessly commented about releasing the song. In an instant, Kahan's relationship with his career was altered, his conviction for storytelling and a pursuit of a more organic sound that aligned with the folk music of his upbringing had firmly arrived.
Today, Noah also announces his "Stick Season Tour" across North America
this fall, with buzzing Nashville singer/songwriter Stephen Sanchez
as support. Kicking off in Charleston on October 12th and running through November, the tour includes a show at New York's Pier 17 and two hometown shows at South Burlington's Higher Ground Ballroom—see the complete list of tour dates below.
"STICK SEASON" NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
October 12 Charleston, SC Charleston Music
October 13 Atlanta, GA The Eastern
October 15 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
October 16 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Silver
October 19 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore Philadelphia
October 20 New York, NY Pier 17
October 21 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
October 22 Boston, MA MGM Music
Hall at Fenway
October 25 Portland, ME State Theatre
October 28 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground Ballroom
October 29 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground Ballroom
November 1 Toronto, ON History
November 3 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
November 4 Madison, WI The Sylvee
November 5 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
November 12 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
November 15 Seattle, WA The Showbox SODO
November 16 Portland, OR McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
November 18 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
November 19 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
November 20 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
As Noah Kahan
changes, he casts those experiences onto songs like light through a film projector. At the core of the music's upbeat energy and unfiltered lyrics, you'll hear who he was before and who he became—almost in real-time. The Vermont singer still pens songs straight from the heart and still cracks jokes with his signature, self-deprecating sense of humor; he's just changed in all of the right ways (and chronicled them via his songwriting). He gained that understanding through quite the journey from small town Vermont to global renown. He's racked up over one billion streams, released two full length albums (Busyhead, 2019 and I Was / I Am, 2021) and a mid-pandemic EP (Cape Elizabeth, 2020), picked up a Gold Certification for "Hurt Somebody
" feat. Julia Michaels, and performed on television shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and TODAY. Not to mention, he's collaborated with everyone from Joy Oladokun to Chelsea Cutler
to mxmtoon to Quinn XCII to Gryffin. After 5 years of critical acclaim and global touring, he sought an even purer style of writing and arrangement, a challenge from within to convey a vivid representation of what he loves, fears, and struggles with most passionately. Now, Noah continues to progress on his 2022 single "Stick Season—rife with fluttering guitar melodies, inviting vocals, and homey imagery of the Northeast on the verge of a change of seasons, the track represents another massive turning point for him.