Posts Tagged ‘Over and Even’

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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EUROPEAN TOUR DATES. Feb 27 - Espino, Portugal Mar 2 - Bexhill-On-Sea, UK Mar 3 - London, UK Mar 4 - Farndale, UK Mar 5 - Glasgow, UK Mar 6 - York, UK Mar 8 - Manchester, UK Mar 9 - Reading, UK Mar 10 - Brighton, UK Mar 11 - Eeklo, Belgium Mar 12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands Mar 13 - Utrecht, Netherlands Mar 14 - Berlin, Germany Mar 19 - Zurich, Switzerland Mar 21 - Rome, Italy Mar 22 - Turin, Italy Mar 24 - Paris, France Mar 25 - Brussels, Belgium More dates to be announced soon (link in profile for full video)

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Shelley’s 2014 LP Electric Ursa was a late-breaking favorite, but “Over and Even” is even better, as Shelley expertly explores love, loss and the unnameable regions in between. She’s as good at detailed, heartrending narratives (see “Jenny Come In” with Will Oldham guesting on backing vocals) as she is at more ethereal vibes (the mystical title track and “Lure & Line”). In tandem with guitarist Nathan Salsburg, it sits comfortably next to classics from Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Richard & Linda Thompson

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The album that sountracked so many of those cool late summer and early fall mornings, a simple, elegant, beautiful album from start to finish. Shelley has one of the most calming, gorgeous voices in music today, the kind that demands you grab a cup of coffee and sit down and do nothing but enjoy it as it fills the room.

Joan Shelley Over And Even

Kentucky songwriter Joan Shelley. In case you haven’t heard this wonderful singer songwriter here. As such, I’ve almost run dry of ways to enumerate the pearly blue lush tones of her voice, the crackling force of her guitar, the spry slant of her melodies. “Over And Even” is the latest release in a series of albums and collaborations that Shelley has been part to, but this one is a gala of the finest order. The legendary Will Oldham and Nathan Salsburg show up, among others, and instead of being eclipsed, Shelley shines brighter when accompanied by such talent.

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

As technology 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) produce are refreshing breaths of Kentucky air in a world of compressed drums and overly processed vocals.