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"Writing this review, I was immediately floored by the dynamic range of this duo. There have been many perfect pairs in the past, but the vocal combination of Jess Novak and Brian Golden can only be described as an ultimate unity of spirit in song...This pair of "modern minstrels" have played and paid their dues, so I truly believe they were destined to work together on this album that is uplifting, bright and uniquely both seriously mature and playfully bouncy."
"The Golden Novak Band hails from the Syracuse, NY area, with their core formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Golden, vocalist/fiddle player extraordinaire Jess Novak and keyboard man Mark Nanni. Their seven-song, self-titled EP brings together several musical styles and shows off the band's versatility and eclecticism...Hands down, though, our favorite was a tremendous homage to James Brown, entitled "Hands On". Jess fires up the funk on all eight cylinders, while the band's groove is cooking with nothin' but hi-test!"
"The Golden Novak Band comes from Syracuse, New York and is formed around singer/guitarist Brian Golden, singer/violinist Jess Novak and keyboard player Mark Nanni. Their EP contains seven songs, that show what the band can do. The band delivers a blues-based variety of styles and shows that they are capable of playing rocking blues as well as soul and ballads. In "Let It Shine" I hear something back from Hendrix. The violin of Jess and flamenco-like guitar Brian play a leading role in "The Phone". Jess also shows how much soul she puts in her vocals in "New Song" and "Hands On". BarnOwlBlues finds this EP a nice business card. Each of them are excellent musicians who put their heart and soul into the music. For me, they could have issue a full CD."
"I just received the newest self titled release from The Golden Novak Band, made up of Brian Golden on guitar and vocal, Jess Novak on vocal, guitar and violin, Nick Andrews on drums, Randy Heuer on percussion, Paul Puzzullo on bass and Mark Nanni on keys. Opening with 'Let It Shine', a moving rocker with a contagious back beat and screaming lead guitar, what's not to like?"
“Formed following the recent completion of the group's debut, seven song EP, the Golden Novak Band will make its first-ever live appearance from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Rita's Tavern, 15 Lackawanna Avenue, Norwich.”
“The festival will begin with a performance by Jess and the Beards, a folk and blues band that plays some classic rock covers. Jess Novak — the Jess of the band’s name — said the band was definitely a perfect fit for the festival, besides the obvious fact that they are named The Beards. “Anyone can have a good time listening to our style of music,” Novak said.”
“Novak is nominated under the Best Pop category for her first CD, “Bad Habit,” which was released on Dec. 19, 2013. “She’s talented as a songwriter and I think they appreciate that in the SAMMYs. Musicianship comes into it a lot, and her album was really well done,” Baker said. “She’s in good company, it was one of the better albums to come out of Syracuse in the last year. She’s worked her a** off in the last year for it. I’m glad — she deserves it.””
“Multi-talented dynamo Jess Novak recently released her first solo CD entitled Bad Habit. Recorded in Syracuse, NY in 2013 and released in January 2014, the album “captures a moment in time, focusing on relationships, both good and bad, telling the stories with honesty.” – (ReverbNation.com description). Here is a look inside the creative process behind the cd artwork.”
“Singer-songwriter Jess Novak’s debut release is chock full of raw and intelligent tales, and she imbues even the most journal entry-style subjects with enough universal appeal to make them relatable. Her songs range from acoustic folk (“Worth It”) to blues (“Haven’t Found You Yet”), and sometimes blur the lines between the two (“Let You Know,” “Simple”). “Fritzi” stands out as Novak’s dusty vocals convey the powerlessness felt in the face of tragedy, and how the world goes on like nothing happened. On the acoustic closer “Zack,” Novak is at her most honest and vulnerable when she mourns a loss, “We don’t hate you God/We just want ’em back.” Written and performed with the grace and skill of a seasoned veteran, Bad Habit is one you’ll want to get into.”
“Most of Syracuse knows Jessica Novak for her coverage of the bustling music scene (among other things), but, I know her as a musician, first. So, this month I thought it would be fun to introduce to you the lady (and her music) who introduces much of Syracuse’s music to you. Jess arrives on time, with instruments. She busts them out and we start playing songs while talking music biz. CS: Tell us about Jess Novak - the “musician”...”
“Last night, I stopped by Coleman's to see some friends play a gig. In a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary cover, Jess and the Beards did a rocking rendition of Loudon Wainwright III's 'Daughter.' Electric guitar. Jamm sessions. Searing solos. It was cool.”
“Jess and the Beards is the latest collaboration of familiar faces on the Syracuse music scene. The trio pairs several veterans of the local scene with a relative newcomer behind the mic.”