For the second year in a row, Attalla native Jeremey Noble has been nominated for multiple honors at the Josie Music Awards.
“It’s (kind of) a weird feeling.” said Noble, “You go from having the one nomination and actually winning it to two nominations.”
The Josie Awards is a two-day event set for Sept. 17-18 at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This is the seventh year of the award ceremony, and the event has reported a “record breaking year of submissions,” with 38,997 submissions to be considered for an award.
The submissions then were narrowed down by a panel of judges to the final nominations list, which was released last month.
Noble has been nominated for Southern Rock Vocalist of the Year and is the current reigning winner from last year. He also is nominated for Southern Rock Artist of the Year and two songwriting achievement awards for his songs “Leaving Tennessee” and “Raised Rowdy.”
Noble said the last song will be released this summer and about his upbringing in Attalla, citing activities like going fishing with his father as one of the main sources of inspiration.
“That was when I really got to learn about Southern rock and country,” Noble explained. “That was when we got to listen to the Allman Brothers and Hank Jr. and stuff like that.”
He also cited the beginning of his music career as a moment when he was 5 years old and brought up on stage at his first concert to sing with the artist — Hank Williams, Jr.
“That kinda sparked it as something I wanted to do,” he said.
Noble said the best way to describe his music would be one word: “grungtry.” He said he tends to go for a “Southern garage band” vibe for his music.
He also has a series of concerts lined up this summer, playing Saturday at Buffalo Eddy’s in Guntersville before driving up to Bowling Green, Kentucky, the next day.
He will next be playing in Gadsden at the Downtown Chief on June 11, something Noble said he has not done for a while.
“It’s finally starting to pick back up and we’re booking stuff,” he said. “We’re working on a few things booking wise that hasn’t been finalized yet.”
Noble’s music also has seen international success, most recently being played on radio stations in New Zealand, which he says has been “well received.”
“I got a request to do an interview for one of the stations down there, and they told me that two of the three songs being most requested were mine,” he said.