JOAN SHELLEY is coming to HORIZON RECORDS for an in-store show on Monday, October 28th at 7 p.m!
We’ll be celebrating the release of her new album “Like The River Loves The Sea,” and she’s bringing some familiar faces with her, namely NATHAN SALSBURG (guitar) and NATHAN BOWLES (drums) along with JAKE XERXES FUSSELL (bass) and ANNA KRIPPENSTAPEL (fiddle)!
Mr. Gene sez: “So one of the first balmy cool breezes of Fall that we feel is the new JOAN SHELLEY, on LP & CD from the discerning folks at No Quarter Records. It’s Joan’s 4th from them, each a gentle yet intense offering of folk music for our modern age. Somewhat in the same forest of sounds we are loving to be lost in, the setting of players makes it all the more wonderful, with NATHAN SALSBURG on acoustic & electric guitar, producer & musician JAMES ELKINGTON bringing drums, bass, acoustic guitar dobro and assorted keys, plus an Icelandic duo of sublime string players providing cello, violin, viola, etc. Altogether a masterpiece, again, for Joan Shelley.”
“Like The River Loves The Sea” is an album about Kentucky — or, more generally, an album about private rooms and internal spaces. And yet there’s a crystalline peace in the album, a sense of stillness that feels new and, maybe, specific to the place where Shelley made it. Shelley has always made quiet, soothing music. This decade, she’s racked up an impressive discography of it.
Shelley recorded her last proper album, 2017’s self-titled affair, in Chicago, with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy producing. But on “Like The River Loves The Sea,” Shelley co-produces herself, splitting those duties with the English-born and Chicago-based guitarist James Elkington, another longtime collaborator. Shelley pretty much took her whole camp with her to Iceland: Elkington, Salsburg, Will Oldham. Shelley reunites with Cheyenne Mize and Julia Purcell, her old bandmates in the traditional-music trio Maiden Radio, on a few songs. For the most part, it’s a family affair.
All this quiet, rapturous music works as a balm, a respite. Some of the songs on Like The River Loves The Sea — like “Coming Down For You,” or “The Fading” — are among the most softly devastating that Shelley has ever recorded.
And maybe that’s the best way to hear “Like The River Loves The Sea” — as the thing that might make us feel a little better while everything comes apart.