From Rolling Stone
…Noe Socha, a graduating student from Italy, blew away the crowd with his virtuoso soloing on steel guitar and harmonica during Fred Rose’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” which Nelson made his own on his classic album Red Headed Stranger. …
PATRIOTS Schmatriots. I spent my Sunday night at the Stone Mountain Arts Center seeing Paula Cole. Along with her hits, Cole played some songs from her forthcoming album “Raven,” due out in April. If the heart-throttling “Manitoba” is any indication, I for one can’t wait to hear the rest of it. Along with drummer Ben Wittman, Cole was accompanied by 21-year-old Italian guitarist and harmonica player Noe Socha. I looked at my friend in jaw-dropped awe several times over this guy. We bore witness to true greatness, and during a chat with Socha after the show, he told me his thing is Delta blues. A quick YouTube search revealed several clips of him, which resulted in further disbelief. I want him to come to Portland to jam with Samuel James. Right? Check him out at www.noemusic.net.
What if Lightnin’ Hopkins was actually born across the ocean, in the agricultural heart of Italy? Frankly, we don’t know, but when you hear this young, Berklee-trained blues guitar and harmonica wizard, you may find yourself asking the same question. Socha performs on the Rhythm & Roots Festival Heritage Stage. While studying classical music, guitarist Noe Socha began to privately study jazz and blues guitar with Enrico Zanella. Between 2004 and 2006 he participated in various acoustic guitar workshops and deepened his finger-picking method with Franco Morone and Walter Lupi. In 2008 he participated in a Berklee seminar at Umbria Jazz and was selected as part of an ensemble to open Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto. Noe then won a scholarship to attend Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program. During the five weeks of study he won Guitar Showcase, was selected out of 200 guitarists to open the final concert at the Berklee Performance Center, and won a full-tuition scholarship to continue his studies at Berklee.
From Berklee Blog
Berklee guitarist felt the souls of Mississippi blues pioneers.
Noe Socha turned 20 on his trip to Mississippi, though his birthday was the dimmest of the highlights from his trip. Noe is a deep devote of the blues and the Mississippi musicians whose music has transcended generations and oceans to influence a kid from Capri, Italy, who started out playing classical music on his guitar. This was his first trip down South and every time he stepped out of the van to explore another historic landmark, he tapped into something spiritual coming up from the grounds where Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Honey Boy Edwards, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Albert King once roamed with their guitars.
Noe took every opportunity to infuse the spirits of the Mississippi bluesmen with his guitar and harmonica playing. He and Eric Finland busked in Clarksdale and performed in the small theater at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola. The crowd at the Hopson Plantation Commissary on the outskirts of Clarksdale looked up from their trays of crawfish and sausage whenever Noe soloed during a firery set by the Berklee Blues Explosion.
Noe put his guitar aside one morning for a tour of blues and civil rights sites around Greenwood. He and the rest of the travelers set out with guide Sylvester Hoover, historian and owner of Hoover’s Convenience Story located in Baptist Town, one of Mississippi’s oldest African American neighborhoods, located on the other side of the tracks from Greenwood. On foot and in the van, Hoover took the group to see where Robert Johnson was buried, where Emmett Till whistled, and where numerous civil rights had been violated.
After knocking around the memories of darker days, and some not so long ago, Hoover’s wife served the crew barbecue back at the store, and the mood lifted. The group really shook loose at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, playing a set at the annual Juke Joint Festival, with local special guest musicians including singer Chris Coleman on Albert King’s “I Play the Blues for You.”
Guitarist and harmonica player Noe Socha, age 19, may still be a student, but he has hit some major music rooms in his young life, and he’s been invited to play with some impressive New England talent. Originally from Carpi, Italy(near Bologna), Socha came from his small city to study in Boston at Berklee College of Music. In 2008, Socha performed in a seminar showcase in Italy to visiting Berklee professors, and the professors made it possible for him to come to Boston for a five week program. From there, Socha was accepted into the music college. Dorming on campus, he formed a jam with some fellow students, including a singer from Trinidad. More on that later. Socha hasn’t declared his major yet, but he’s leaning toward Guitar Performance. He simply likes the sound of the guitar, which he plays with all fingers on his right hand, instead of a pick. That technique he developed as he started out learning classical guitar. “I like the sound more, and I feel more comfortable,” Socha said. With so much picking going on, Socha can weave melody and rhythm. “You have a wider range of sound. It depends on how you pick the chords,” he said. “I just like to see what comes out. More…
A couple of good hangs to hear good music: Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ and Blues, 351 Washington Street, Brighton. Joe’s has live music 6 nights a week, beer and BBQ. How can you go wrong? Sitting in with Brain Templeton, Alizon Lissance and Enrico Crivellaro recently was 17 year old guitar sensation Noe Socha. The blind Bologna, Italy based sensation has been in Boston attending summer classes at Berklee. He has a finger style very reminiscent of Clarence Gatemouth Brown. Looking over his shoulder at Smoken’ Joe’s was a poster from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The poster is an image of Gatemouth! Coincidence? I think not!