Monday, July 23, 2018
Shannon In Nashville, Clam-Free
For the last ten years, Shannon & The Clams have been rewriting your favorite 60's pop, rock and soul tunes and churning out retro originals in typical indie fashion. It's all pleasant enough, though nothing really sticks like the real thing. But now, Miss Shannon Shaw is on her own with some major help from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and what she serves up on her first solo record is pretty damn good.
"Shannon In Nashville," an homage to "Dusty In Memphis" in name (almost) only, is a terrific collection of songs that really bare little resemblance to the aforementioned Dusty classic. Even the hype sticker on the album cover tries to sell this record as "smoky, blue-eyed soul," of which most of it is not. But that is okay. Instead, "Shannon In Nashville" has more in common with Dusty's pop tunes, or the swinging 60's London sound of Billie Davis with a touch of John Barry. A few tracks even bring to mind the big Owen Bradley production behind Patsy Cline.
Shannon Shaw's voice lacks the finesse of Dusty or Patsy, but it succeeds in its own right. She does pack a wallop and gives these songs some real emotion. You can't go wrong with this record, which includes some of Nashville's finest, as well as a few guest appearances from the recently departed Richard Swift and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Give this one a spin. It's worth the time.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:13 AM