PASO ROBLES — Singer/songwriter Noach (Know-awk) Tangeras’ voice rang out over the vines like a freight train at Vina Robles tasting room Saturday during one of the venue’s free Saturday Live concerts.
Tangeras is known county-wide for her soulful, bluesy, folk rock sound, playing an acoustic guitar and singing with the intensity of a young Janis Joplin. Originally from New Haven, Ind., Tangeras felt a pull to the coast and made her way to San Luis Obispo via Maine where she obtained a degree in Marine Biology.
“I moved to Morro Bay after traveling a bit and working as an adventure tour guide and found a job as a fisheries observer in the area,” Tangeras said. “I have always loved to play the guitar and sing and eventually decided that I wanted to make it a career. It was a hard transition at first, but now I am making music full-time and just really enjoying it.”
Since her debut as a solo artist, Tangeras has recorded a handful singles including “Big Sur,” and “Walking Out Your Door,” both original songs that show her knack for lyrical storytelling. Tangeras said that much of what she writes is inspired by her life experiences and her love of nature.
“I was driving up the coast and as I was coming up to Big Sur I felt inspired and just pulled over and wrote the song, ‘Big Sur’,” she said. “ Other songs I have written are about my life experience, drawing on the adventures I have had inspired by the places and the people I meet.”
Tangeras said that places like the beaches of the Central Coast, the Carrizo Plains, forests and mountainous areas tend to fuel her inspiration and writing songs that people can relate to has been the key to her success. After a few years living in the area, she has developed a devoted following of fans and evolved as a musician to form a full band.
The Noach Tangeras Band is made up of local musicians Adam McAlexander, Jeremy Lemem and Rachel Santa Cruz along with Tangeras, of course. Just last year the band was awarded first place in the New Times Music Awards in the Country/Folk/ Americana category and have wowed the local music scene with the richness of their sound and dueling harmonies of Tangeras and Santa Cruz.
The band’s next performance is slated for Saturday, April 22 at the the SLO County Earth Day Festival at El Chorro Regional Park. To support the Noach Tangeras Band in their endeavor to create their fist full-length album, visit gofundme.com/noach-tangeras-band-album. You can hear the Noach Tangeras Band at m.soundcloud.com/noach-tangeras.