On Joan Shelley’s fantastic new album The Spur, the singer/songwriter reaches out from a place of solitude, seeking connection. Rooted in Britfolk aesthetics, it’s an album that feels intimate but spacious too, all finger picked acoustic guitars, Richard Thompson inspired electrics, and sparse percussion. Alongside her collaborators, who include producer James Elkington, Bill Callahan, with whom she sings a duet, and Shelley’s husband, archivist and guitarist Nathan Salsburg, she explores deeply human territory with an almost supernatural calm in her voice.
We’ve interviewed Joan for Aquarium Drunkard a few times, but this is her first appearance on Transmissions. She spoke with host Jason P. Woodbury from Kentucky, and this talk offers a respite from the intensity of the news cycle.Transmissions :: Joan Shelley
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