Nashville: Wes Shipp and Noelle Toland S04EP03

On this episode of Roger the Wild Child Show: Nashville, we are joined by musician, Wes Shipp and singer/songwriter, Noelle Tolland!


Wes Shipp was born in Crystal River, Florida on August 3, 1992. Wes started his music career traveling the country and playing on various street corners. After struggling with drug addiction and being homeless for years, Wes decided that it was time to become serious about his music career. Wes was able to get clean from drugs and push forward.

In 2019, Wes was discovered outside of a Wal-Mart in Little Rock, Arkansas where he was recorded playing Riley Green’s song, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” After the individual recorded the video, he proceeded to upload it to Facebook. Overnight the video went viral and received over 400K views. It was then that Wes was noticed by people within the music industry.

Wes released his first song in May 2021 called “My Old Man.” Wes wrote this heartfelt song about his dad, who ironically had a heart attack 4 days after it was written, but is thankfully doing well today. The song quickly grabbed the attention of many of his fans and after realizing the impact the song had on people Wes said, “This is only the beginning.”


Nashville based singer-songwriter Noelle Toland wants to modernize and personalize old-school country music. While many assume the genre’s audience is limited exclusively to the South, Toland, who hails from 2,000-person town North Plains, Oregon is proof that that simply isn’t true. “We tailgated, horsed around on farms, and loved the heartbreak behind the stories we grew up listening to,” reflects Toland, who identifies wholeheartedly with the genre. By returning to her roots and revisiting the music of her youth, Toland created the unique alchemy that is the 2021 EP “The Sun Will Rise.” The four-song EP, recorded at the famed RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by the talented Chris Condon, is a blend of 90’s country and seductive soul music. It captures the earthiness and electricity of classic country music with staple instruments like pedal steel and contributions from legends like guitarist Steve Cropper, founding member of the Stax Records house band and Booker T. and the M.G.’s. Toland is over the moon to have such inspirational collaborators, whom she grew up listening to, and is grateful for the opportunity to make this 90’s country influenced record, which is a tribute to beloved artists like Trisha Yearwood and Faith Hill. “Hopefully this record, which I’ve long envisioned, inspires people to take chances, be bold, and place bets on themselves,” she explains, “because that is the only thing that has gotten me through the ups and downs.” At a time when the world is in a constant state of fear, Toland’s ease when it comes to surfing the wave of life is exactly what others need to hear.

Roger the Wild Child Show: Nashville is streamed live every Sunday night 8pm ET/ 5pm PT on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The show is rebroadcasted on 20+ different podcast platforms. Each week they talk with up-and-coming artists, legends of country music and other influencers to the Nashville scene. Roger is joined by co-hosts Elise Harper and Justin Love, who are both singer/songwriters. Wanna know what’s the nitty gritty from music city? We got your Nashville Music News! Oh, and don’t miss the craziness from Moonshine Shenanigans!

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