Saturday, April 20th
7:30pm / doors at 6:30pm
Advance general admission: $12
At the door: $16
Table of 4 reserved seats: $60
SHANNON WHITWORTH is on a musical journey, with no beginning and no end. Like the most astute and focused singer/songwriters, she doesn’t miss a thing along the way, and absorbs the best and the brightest of every experience. Whitworth has deep Southern roots. The strangeness and charm of her music defies any sort of strict categorization, giving her a sound that is smoky-jazz feeling with hot flourishes and honeyed flashes of Patsy Cline. She’s also a blues singer, with a sultry purr of a voice that can make a man – or a woman, for that matter – repent, capitulate or just plain fall in love.
On Water Bound, Whitworth’s second album, she and producer Neilson Hubbard paint the songs with watercolor washes of sound, blurring the lines between Americana, blues, jazz and something else altogether. The blues/rock lament “Wrong Kind of Man” begins minimally, with schoolyard handclaps and an eerie gospel choir; before you know it, there’s an echo-drenched rockabilly guitar and a full-throttle, kickass band driving the song. “Run to Roll on Home” unrolls with snare drum, acoustic guitar and ghostly electric guitar. By the time the violin kicks in, you’re hooked. It’s a song of such spectral beauty, you hope it never ends.
Ah, but Water Bound is rife with pleasures. There’s the shuffling, minor-key blues “Don’t Lie,” the gentle ukulele ballad “Mermaid’s Song,” the utterly addictive “Taking it Hard,” with elegant pedal steel hovering overhead like a watchful cloud. “The album brought me to a really fun place, creatively,” says Whitworth. “I always played around with visual art, as well, and Water Bound, I felt like for the first time I got to really bring landscape into music. “It wasn’t always just with words – I used instruments that I’d never used before on a record. And the producer’s palette brought a whole different sort of arsenal into the mix.”
Whitworth and her hand-picked band went on tour in 2011, opening for the likes of Chris Isaak and Raul Malo. They played Merlefest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Strawberry Festival and the Savannah Music Festival, Cayamo Songwriters Cruise as well as clubs and theaters across the country. “On Water Bound, Whitworth explores a broader sonic experience, the way Emmylou Harris did when she worked with producer Daniel Lanois,” ravedConnect Savannah. “It’s Shannon Whitworth’s Wrecking Ball.”
A musician’s journey is all about evolution. Shannon Whitworth’s music is always changing, and it’s made richer – and more astonishingly powerful – by every footfall.
Her newest work, soon to be released in 2012, continues the evolutionary path soliciting the talents of Band of Horses’ bassist, Bill Reynolds who is also known for his work with The Avett Brothers and Lissie among others. Shannon is also pulling in bandmate, producer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and Floating Action frontman, Seth Kauffman. Matt Smith on Electric guitar, lap and pedal steel compliment Barrett Smith on electric and acoustic guitar. Furthermore, this group features a very smooth and distinctive vocal blend.
“I definitely value every little step along the way,” she says. “It’s just been a matter of a girl getting comfortable with herself, in her own skin. And in this case, it’s my sound, and singing what I want to sing. And writing the words I want to write down, and putting them into a song.” “All that’s come with … time? And maybe a little more experience.”