Om Joan Shelley
Joan Shelley, der kommer fra Louisville i Kentucky, veksler i sit musikalske virke mellem sine solo-bedrifter og diverse samarbejder. Hun har eksempelvis ved flere lejligheder arbejdet sammen med musikerne Daniel Martin Moore og Joe Manning, med hvem hun således har udgivet albummene “Farthest Field” (2012) og “Outside Stay Outside” (2014). Herudover er hun en del af trioen Maiden Radio, der foruden hende selv udgøres af Julia Purcell og Cheyenne Mize. I 2012 solo-debuterede hun i eget navn med udgivelsen af “Ginko”, der to år senere blev fulgt op af “Electric Ursa”. Så sent som i 2015 landede Shelleys tredje og seneste solo-album, “Over And Even” – et album, der sikrede hende en betydeligt større lytterskare end hidtil.
Interview med Joan Shelley
What can the audience expect from the show?
“They can expect to see an intimate performance of these songs, which are, in my opinion, best heard in small rooms with minimal instrumentation. Myself and guitarist Nathan Salsburg are at our best since we’ve been touring for this album a lot this year and we’ve really worked out the songs.”
What merch do you bring?
“I will have the latest release “Over and Even” from last fall, my first release on No Quarter “Electric Ursa” and a few from deeper in my catalog for those who are very interested – as well as a few of my releases from my trio Maiden Radio, the string band, harmony singing female group I’m also a part of.”
Which song do you prefer performing live?
“”Over and Even” is one I especially like performing with Nathan. I like the way you can fall into his steady guitar part, the way it sets the pulse for the song and drives the lyrics. Many of the songs are like that between the two of us. He’s an incredible solo guitarist. Singing with a player that could hold his own makes everything stronger and makes all the songs more interesting.”
What is the best thing about being on tour?
“I never imagined I’d have the ability to go to Denmark. I have no idea what it feels like or what the life experience is, or how the language sounds. To glimpse all these other ways of living and the change in the landscape, the trees and wildlife, I think that is the greatest luxury of living in a time where travel is possible. It is an honor to get to do it with the purpose of playing music.”
What is the best thing about returning from a successful tour?
“Getting back to my dog Dwight.”
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
“We’re flying right back from the European tour directly to start touring as the opening band for Wilco on the west coast, and then a southeast U.S. tour, back home for a few nice weeks of fall hopefully, and then another tour opening for Patty Griffin. I’m also releasing a 7 inch single this september, which I’m really looking forward to. We’ve got plans to record in December.”
“On Over and Even, which was produced by Daniel Martin Moore, she also sings harmony with Will Oldham and Glen Dettinger and allied to riveting guitar work, as it is on My Only Trouble, the result is terrific.” (The Telegraph, 2016 – læs hele anmeldelsen)
“There’s a bold stroke of genial Southerness that runs through the music and keeps things tempered, honest, and effortlessly authentic, despite a predilection for eccentricity.” (All Music Guide, 2015 – læs hele anmeldelsen)
“Subtlety and simplicity also define this set of acoustic songs. But like the verse, the terms understate the power and beauty of the subject at hand.” (Rolling Stone, 2015 – læs hele anmeldelsen)
“Most everything on Over is built with measured precision…. Equally striking is the musical depth.” (Los Angeles Times, 2015 – læs hele anmeldelsen)
Om Select Captain (solo)
Select Captain er synonym med sanger og guitarist Kristian Gaarskjær der udgav sit debutalbum i 2014. Siden da er det blevet til en EP-udgivelse og en lang række koncerter landet over – både solo og med hans faste band. Select Captain kommer med et helt nyt album til efteråret, der viser helt nye sider af kaptajnen og bærer stort præg af, at det faste liveband er involveret langt mere både i studiet og i sangskrivningsprocessen. Musikken er stadig forankret i en klassisk amerikansk sangskrivertradition, men med et umiskendeligt skandinavisk præg, og denne aften præsenterer Select Captain nogle af de nye sange for allerførste gang i skrøbelige akustiske udgaver.