JOAN SHELLEY – ” NPR Tiny Desk Concert “

Posted: July 22, 2016 in MUSIC
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From Kentucky, Joan Shelley is one of the most refreshing singer-songwriters of today, with her lilting voice and melodic guitar often accompanied by Nathan Salsburg. We compare listening to her newest album, “Over And Even”, to eating a bag of potato chips: You can’t just listen to one song, you have to listen to the whole album.

As technology now rules the sound of the day, it’s good to be reminded how powerfully a single voice can transmit deep emotion. Joan Shelley made one of the most beautiful records of the year with just her voice and two guitars. “Over and Even” has roots in British folk, the sort made popular by artists like Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention in the late ’60s and early ’70s — another time when the dominant music was filled with electricity and texture. The intertwined melodies Shelley and her guitar partner Nathan Salsburg (who’s had his own Tiny Desk Concert I highly recommend you check out Nathan Salzburg’s solo work as well as his work with James Elkington.) produce are refreshing breaths of Kentucky air in a world of compressed drums and overly processed vocals. You must at least give this one a listen as it is near and dear to my heart.

Set List
“Easy Now”
“Stay On My Shore”
“Not Over by Half”

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