Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams' debut solo album Shannon In Nashville. Available here on LP and CD via Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records.
Shannon Shaw, the captivating vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon and the Clams, strikes out on her own for her first solo album, Shannon in Nashville. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, the album features a cast of revered old-school session musicians which have breathed life into notable records by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, and John Prine, to name just a few. The album evokes the tear-jerking intonations of Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline and exudes a self-possessed melancholy that sets the scene for Shaw to comb through a personal history of love lost to time, circumstance, fear or neglect. Shannon In Nashville’s title is a nod to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic Dusty in Memphis, and Shaw made her own pilgrimage down South to collaborate with Dan Auerbach and his all-star house band comprised of drummer Gene Chrisman and Bobby Wood (keys and percussion) of the Memphis Boys, American Sound Studio’s house band that recorded hits by Elvis, Aretha, Neil Diamond, Herbie Mann, and, yes, Dusty Springfield. Rounded out by bassist Dave Roe, guitarists Russ Pahl, Auerbach and others, Shaw’s session crew boasts a mile-long resume. Shaw initially brought six songs to the table, and the rest were written from scratch on group songwriting days. The resulting record’s lush orchestration seamlessly melds the Nashville Sound with the Motown Sound—both known for crossing a type of roots music over into pop—and provides the wings for Shaw’s songwriting prowess and naturally anguished, torchy voice to soar.
LP - Standard LP.
CD - Standard CD.