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Wed 3/18 Day Party at the Dojo 1:15-2p 2200 E 7th St
Wed 3/18The Liberty 5-5:30p 1618 1/2 E 6th St
Wed 3/18The Dog & Pony Show 7pm Opal Divines Pennfield 3601 S Congress
Thurs 3/19 Grand Ole Austin 3:05p Maria’s Taco Xpress 2529 S Lamar Blvd
Fri 3/20 Roky Erickson Ice Cream Social tbd Threadgills S 301 West Riverside Dr
Fri 3/20Grackle Fest 8:40-910 1700 E 6th St, Austin
Sat 3/21 Freebirds Stage @ St Vincent de Paul 3:45p 1327 S Congress Ave

Jam In The Van

January 4, 2015 Torrance, CA

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Saturday September 28 Andalusia Stage 4pm


“Beverly Hills Blues” is a single from Nocona’s forthcoming album on Henrietta Records. The video was directed, edited, by David Schlussel



Saturday 8/9 12-12:40pm Panhandle Stage
Saturday 8/9 2:10-2:50pm Sierra Nevada Stage
Sunday 8/10 2-2:30pm Toyota + SpinMedia Soundwave Stage curated by Stereogum



“Why Outside Lands booked Nocona in the dreaded “first show of the day” spot is beyond us. The honky tonkin’ Americana rock band was solid, charismatic and well deserving of a better time slot. Husband-and-wife team Chris and Adrienne Isom held down the fort with the kind of twangy guitar and vocals you usually only find on the beer-soaked stage of Tootsie’s in Nashville while Annie Rothchild beamed on upright bass. Hell, they even had their own Blues Brothers-inspired harmonica player. We’re sold.”-BOXX MAGAZINE

“If the early bird gets the worm, then what’s the early band get? Noon may have seemed like a pretty ambitious tee time following long Friday night sets by Kanye and Arctic Monkeys, but Mexicali blues band Nocona was up to the task and then some. They literally couldn’t wait to get started. Though it’s hard believe, the Los Angeles-based five-piece actually jumped the gun on the noon kickoff, starting their set at 11:57 AM. Frontman and lead vocalist Chris Isom was fired up on “Whites of Your Eyes”, as he rattled off lyrics atop a stand-up bass and Elan Glasser’s peeling harmonica. Navigating some tricky time signature shifts, the band was sharp and precise. “Hated”, a bizarre folk song that plays like a one-star album review, had Isom whining: “You can’t play guitar/ And your lines insipid, bay-bay!” But don’t fret, Nocona. After hearing your Saturday set performance at the Panhandle stage, we’ll think twice before writing anything nasty.” Henry Hauser

“If the old saying, “All hat & no cattle,” is supposed describe pretty boys and girls pretending to be country; Nocona would be all well-whiskey, cigarettes and f**k-you’s…and no hat.” – Pinpoint Music

“Blending high energy with songs that paint a picture for listeners, NOCONA recall memories of setting suns, crisp surf and ageless desert. Formed by husband and wife team of Chris and Adrienne Isom and their friends, the collection gave songs Chris wrote years earlier new life.” – Travel Hymns   

“Growing up in the 70′s , I was very much into the whole California Sound, from early Fleetwood Mac all the way back to The Byrds, it was a history filled with great bands and fantastic music built around harmonies and lyrics. I’m beginning to find it pointless to try and point out who a band reminds me of or what they sound like. Too many of these new bands take from various bands that are not all that alike, mix that up and come out with something that doesn’t quite fit one “label”. Nocona is just such a band. Beautiful harmonies, great music filled with memories of past legends with just enough of their own talent to say , “if you want to listen to a new Band that sounds great, has talented musicians, beautiful Harmonies, give a listen to Nocona.” – 50thirdand3rd

“Nocona is one of the most promising frontrunners of the Americana revival scene as of late.” – Moxipop


NOCONA has just been invited to play the Honky Tonk Stage at The Stagecoach Festival both April 26 and 27th! http://www.stagecoachfestival.com/


 American Songwriter Video Premiere: Nocona, “Beverly Hills Blues”


chris in American songwriter: “The song is a comic tragedy about high brow problems. I guess I was trying to create a kaleidoscope of what i think is bullshit bourgeois depression. ‘My uncle’s so stoned,’ ‘throw me the paper and get the fuck away from me,’ ‘And your record review, don’t make the evening news’ etc. Also, someone close to me was diagnosed with schizophrenia and I’ve lost all contact with this person and it effects me pretty deeply, they had a promising career in Hollywood, and someone else I knew with everything to live for killed himself around the time I was writing the song, I think these and maybe some other personal experiences were informing the inspiration for the lyrics.” check it out…

 SXSW 2014

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nocona on bones & criminal minds

On 9/30 Nocona song ‘DEAD GANGLION‘ was featured in an episode of Bones . On 10/23 Nocona songs BRIMSTONE , SINK LIKE A STONE  & TRAIN SONG were featured on Criminal Minds.

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Nocona @ The Independent

On 9/5 Nocona opened for Brokedown In Bakersfield at The Independent.



On 10/12 Nocona performed with acts including Poor Man’s Whiskey at Red Gate Ranch Music Festival to help raise money to clean up the California Coasts.

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Annie talks to Rock the Earth about her environmental activism.  

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Nocona played The Miller Lite Tent & The Solar Stage at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2013. Photography by Abby Linne


‘Brimstone’ to Bonnaroo

971774_534587919910511_380777027_n1004569_539600246075945_1047092171_n“Brimstone” is the midpoint set piece of Nocona’s recently completed album, which, in typical DIY fashion, they’re deciding how to release and market now that they’ve returned from the adrenaline rush of Bonnaroo. From the shifting punk-country time signatures of “Whites of Their Eyes” through the galloping Western “Sink Like a Stone” and bluesy slide of the closing rocker “Dead Ganglion,” the eponymously titled album’s 10 tracks reflect their kitchen-sink mix of influences. It can be geeky fun to name check them: a bucketful of 13th Floor Elevators here, a dash of Buddy Holly there, a little Stones. Between flashes of guest Greg Leisz’s pedal steel on “Machine Gun Fire,” there are moments that call to mind the much mellower Beachwood Sparks. Yet, to Nocona’s credit, they don’t sound much like any other band. –Pasadena Weekly

Bonnaroo bound Nocona a must see

“Heading to Bonnaroo? I am! When I got a message from a friend about one of her acts, I had to check out these “Nocona” cats… Damn! All I can say is they instantly got added to my Must See list.

These cats rock some alt country sounds like nobody’s business. Look out, Mumford, there’s a new band in town! Hot pickin’ on a variety of instruments and styles compliment lyrics from ballads to rockin country blues, and I swear I hear a certain Mid-Western punk sound in there, too.” –MTM

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On 3/29 CBS News posted our Brimstone video.


“Our (second) requested video of the week is for “Brimstone,” a fantastic single from Los Angeles-based band Nocona’s self-titled upcoming album. Don’t you wish all your arguments looked this cool? This video pretty much had me aesthetically in the first scene, when they showed a cool car on a mountain in California (I’m a simple person, it’s all I need!). I also really liked the song until about half-way through when the whole band kicks in… and then I absolutely LOVED it! Definitely be sure to check out the video below, along with their upcoming album.” –CBS News

This is Nocona’s first video and “Brimstone” is a single from the
forthcoming self-titled album on Henrietta Records. The video was
directed, edited, and photographed by Jonathan Nowak
(http://jonathannowak.tv/work/) and the director of photography was
Daron Keet.  The video was shot in the San Gabriel Mountains above
Altadena, CA.

Take a look behind the scenes of Nocona’s “Brimstone” video.

“Nocona’s high-energy  is infectious and they are one of the few Americana acts in LA that can keep an audience wide awake, captivated and on their feet at 1am.  Made up of  members of Paladino (Chris Isom, Adrienne Isom, Annie Rothschild) and Old Californio (Justin Smith), Nocona stand out from the rest with a perfect mix of punk rock attitude, solid technical skills, fine tuned dynamics and seasoned songwriting chops. They marry together the rootsier side of the Stones along with touches of The Velvet Underground, California twang and The White Stripes, giving them a diverse, original sound that secures their place as one of LA’s most exciting artists to watch in 2013.”– Turnstyled Junkpiled

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“L.A.-based Nocona, a country punk act rooted in the blues with a
psychedelic and Mexicali twist are the new Alt-country Sheriffs in
town”–Slo New Times

“Nocona is made up the husband and wife team of
guitarist-singer-songwriter Chris and guitarist-singer Adrienne Isom,
both transplants from the East Coast, and bassist Annie Rothschild —
along with Justin Smith, from the band Old Californio. Putting a
stylistic jacket that sticks (on Nocona) can be tricky. But suffice to
say echoes of Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash, Rockabilly and roadhouse
roughhousing are in the mix.”
–Santa Barbara Press

Nocona live independent’s day radio

On 3/20  Nocona was interviewed by Joe Armstrong and performed  live on Independent’s Day Radio.



“Los Angeles-based band, Nocona, would be right at home on Chicago’s Bloodshot records – a label that many insurgent country bands have called home for nearly 20 years…(Nocona) is a new band with a brand new record that eschews the broken hearted, tear-in-my-beer aspects of honky-tonk and instead pours considerable energy into ramped up tempos that share as much with Black Flag as they do The Man in Black.”–Independent’s Day Radio


On 2/22 Nocona joined ALO and Diego’s Umbrella at The Fillmore for an acoustic show in The Poster Room.