What We're Listening To: Shannon Shaw's "Shannon in Nashville"
by Elle Hussey
Shannon Shaw has been a very busy woman in 2018. Fresh off of a new, retro-pop, Dan Auerbach-produced album from her band Shannon and the Clams, Shaw and Auerbach teamed up again for her first solo release: "Shannon in Nashville" and the Luck team can't stop spinning it. To be expected from an assumed homage to Dusty Springfield's "Dusty in Memphis", "Shannon in Nashville" mirrors the throwback sound she exudes with the Clams but it takes on a new strength as she explores the depths of heartbreak and self-reflection.
If Shaw wasn't already solidified as a powerhouse from her previous work, "Shannon in Nashville" cements her place with one of the most electrifying albums we've heard this year. Last night, Luck took on New York to attend her album release show at the Brooklyn Bowl as part of NYC's own mini South By Southwest, the Northside Festival. Shaw was joined by opener Julia Haltigan and two members of the Brooklyn Bluebirds, a BK based doo wop group, to create a soulful backing choir to replicate the lush harmonies on the record. Half way through the set, Shaw introduced "Leather, Metal, Steel", an ode to a broken heart and a getaway car, as her favorite track from the new album. Shaw tore through tracks from the release, wooing the disco ball sparkled crowd with her bone-rattling voice and bass prowess. At the end of the night, Shaw introduced the earworm (and my personal favorite track) "Cryin' My Eyes Out" sending every toe in the room tapping and closing out an undeniably successful first show of her new work.
Though Shaw isn't to be missed live, don't worry, the album is both an audiophile's and every day shower singer's dream. Peppered with bright glockenspiel, smooth horns, rich vibraphone, and Shaw's stirring melodies, "Shannon is Nashville" is not one to miss. Listen to the album below.