Shannon in Nashville

Shannon in Nashville

by Shannon ShawShannon Shaw


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When someone is great at doing something in a simple manner, is it a good idea to try to make them do it all fancy? Shannon Shaw has made a handful of good-to-excellent albums with Shannon & the Clams, with her soulful and swaggering voice matched by a rough-and-ready rock & roll band playing music that has one foot in your favorite oldies station and the other in a sweaty D.I.Y. venue. Having established her bona fides with her band, Shaw tries something significantly more ambitious on 2018's Shannon in Nashville, where she's paired with a grand-scale studio band assembled by producer Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), featuring legendary session players Gene Chrisman and Bobby Wood along with a crew of Auerbach's skillful cronies. Where Shannon & the Clams made a virtue of their stripped-down sound, Shannon in Nashville is an exercise in studio craft of the highest order, with arrangements clearly inspired by lush '60s pop and vintage countrypolitan sounds complete with strings, horns, and massed backing vocalists. The good news is that Shannon in Nashville reveals Shaw was more than up to the challenge; she never sounds intimidated by her surroundings, and if there's a bit more nuance here by virtue of her having a wider dynamic palette to play with, she still sounds passionate and isn't afraid to let the grain in her voice show when it suits the song. Shaw also steps up as a songwriter here; she co-wrote most of these tunes with Auerbach, and her unpretentious but artful character studies mesh very well with Auerbach's retro-styled melodies, and while much of Shannon in Nashville sounds like it could have poured out of a car radio in 1963, it never forces the faux nostalgia and has an up-to-date mindset lurking behind the backward-looking approach. It would probably be a mistake for Shannon Shaw to break up Shannon & the Clams in favor of a solo career, but Shannon in Nashville demonstrates she's capable of more than she's shown us in the past, and this is an experiment that succeeds with flying colors.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2018
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597930801
catalogNumber: 566964
Rank: 161485

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shannon Shaw   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pat McLaughlin   Background Vocals
Bobby Wood   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Chimes,Conga,Glockenspiel,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Marimbas,Vibes,Wurlitzer
Mark Howard   Background Vocals
Gene Chrisman   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Shaker
Steven Herrman   Trumpet
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
Ronell Johnson   Trombone,Cornet
Russ Pahl   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Matt Combs   Strings
Dan Auerbach   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Fuzz Bass,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Richard Swift   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Harpsichord,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Vibes,Juno
Clint Maedgen   Saxophone
Heather Rigdon   Background Vocals
Dave Roe   Upright Bass
Ashley Wilcoxson   Background Vocals
Leisa Hans   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Bobby Wood   Composer
Russ Pahl   Tic Tac
Allen Parker   Engineer
Dan Auerbach   Composer,Producer,Tic Tac
Richard Swift   Composer
Shannon Shaw   Composer
Perry Shall   Layout

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