Archive for the 'Joan Shelley' Category

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Though she’s justly hailed for her own empathic and deep-toned original songs, Joan Shelley brings an undeniable grace to the songs of others. Following her Lagniappe Session, which found the Kentucky songwriter interpreting material by Frank Sinatra and Leonard Cohen, and her magical Nick Drake cover for Mojo Magazine, Shelley’s released a new EP, Rivers […]

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Covering Nick Drake can be tricky, but Joan Shelley manages just fine with her gorgeous, heartfelt rendition of Five Leaves Left’s lead off track (part of Mojo Magazine’s new tribute to Drake, available gratis with the March issue). She doesn’t do anything radical with the song — she just lets it breathe, wearing its wistful […]

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. One of our favorite albums of the year, the self-titled Joan Shelley is not only the artist’s best record to date, but her most necessary. High praise considering the impact of her […]

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The songs of Kentucky singer/songwriter Joan Shelley have always centered on the beauty of subtle recognition, her lyrics filled with scents, changes in temperature, bird song, and slight rustlings. On her eponymous fourth album, Shelley sings mostly about about people and about their desires in relation to others. It’s Shelley’s most revelatory LP, an album […]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Here in the west, it’s finally starting to feel like autumn. As the sunset comes earlier each evening, it’s been hard to get Joan Shelley’s beautiful Over and Even off the turntable. Deep hued and haunted, it’s built on simple blocks that add up impeccably: Shelley sings and plays guitar with accompaniment by guitarist/Alan Lomax […]

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Joan Shelley’s latest, Over and Even, is her second for No Quarter Records and features Nathan Salsburg prominently on guitar as well as Will Oldam and Glenn Dettinger on gorgeous harmony. A crisp, golden sonic space perfect for autumn’s approach, the record grabs you instantly in its richness and warmth. Appalachian in atmosphere, Shelley’s voice […]