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Shannon Shaw Premieres Music Video For “Freddies ‘n’ Teddies”

This morning, Shannon Shaw debuts her new music video for “Freddies ‘n’ Teddies” via Noisey, who call it “a slow-burning slice of pop noir, like a lost Nancy Sinatra recording cut after a night sleeping in Donna Summer’s satin sheets.” The video, for the second single off Shaw’s forthcoming debut album Shannon In Nashville (June 8, Easy Eye Sound), was directed by Hannah Lew and features Shaw backed by a full band of animatronic teddy bears. Shaw reveals: “I think that there is no better backing band for me….seriously cannot think of one better idea than a full blown teddy bear band! This song was probably the furthest from my wheelhouse and I’m so glad we did it. It’s kind of the ultimate example of the variety on this record. In Nashville it’s tons of experimenting, bits and nuggets of everything I love in music.” Watch the music video for “Freddies ‘n’ Teddies” via Noisey here.

On June 8th, Shannon Shaw, the captivating vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & the Clams, will strike out on her own for her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, the album features a cast of revered old-school session musicians which have breathed life into notable records by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, and John Prine, to name just a few. The album evokes the tear-jerking intonations of Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline and exudes a self-possessed melancholy that sets the scene for Shaw to comb through a personal history of love lost to time, circumstance, fear or neglect. “The way I typically write songs is: Something has happened to me and I want to encapsulate it. I want to trap and package it, so I can pull it out of my body, and look at it to get some perspective on this event that has affected me,” says Shaw of the catharsis inherent in her song-writing process. Shannon In Nashville is available for pre-order on CD and vinyl here.

Recently, Shannon & The Clams announced new headlining dates throughout July in cities including Seattle, Atlanta, Richmond, and Washington D.C. (full dates below). The band has also recently confirmed that they will perform at 2018’s Panorama Music Festival, on Sunday, July 29th. Tickets for all dates are available here.

Shannon In Nashville’s title is a nod to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic Dusty in Memphis, and Shaw made her own pilgrimage down South to collaborate with Dan Auerbach and his all-star house band comprised of drummer Gene Chrisman and Bobby Wood (keys and percussion) of the Memphis Boys, American Sound Studio’s house band that recorded hits by Elvis, Aretha, Neil Diamond, Herbie Mann, and, yes, Dusty Springfield. Rounded out by bassist Dave Roe, guitarists Russ Pahl, Auerbach and others, Shaw’s session crew boasts a mile-long resume.

Understandably, the process of making Shannon In Nashville pushed Shaw into unknown territory, which could be intimidating at times. She struggled to overcome her own self-consciousness and feelings of not deserving to be there—imposter syndrome, essentially. Shaw had never done session writing or worked exclusively in a group of older, male, professional musicians, and came in expecting to be treated subconsciously like “the girl,” an interloper in a predominately male music industry. It was an exercise in self-esteem and speaking up for what she wanted. “Can you imagine telling Bobby Wood, Elvis’s piano player, that you don’t like what he’s doing?” However, the studio musicians’ down-to-earth warmth, humility and encouragement made Shaw feel like a peer and reminded her that they were all there working together in service of her vision for the album. Her fears were unfounded, she soon realized, and her mastery of the instrument she was born to use, her voice, leaves no doubt that she belongs squarely on the throne of whatever she cares to belt out.

Shannon In Nashville’s kick off song, “Golden Frames,” illustrates the dilemma of dealing with love’s artifacts that torturously outlive the relationship from whence they came. “Love I Can’t Explain” speaks more to Shaw’s self-preservationist tendency to hit the eject button as soon as she catches a whiff of rejection. “Freddies ‘n’ Teddies” further reinforces the need for establishing boundaries when putting yourself back out there on the dating scene. On “Cold Pillows” and the Amy Winehouse-esque “Broke My Own,” she empathizes with the pain of the dumped to an extent rarely seen in the person ending the relationship.

Ultimately, the bittersweet ballads of Shannon In Nashville uphold the elation of love while mourning its loss. Shaw embraces the bravery of daring to love, reminding us that even heartbreak can be a life-affirming, self-teaching moment. On the album, Shaw makes a case to stick around and brave the heat and potential heartbreak. Bring it on, pile it high, and if need be, tear it down, and start over.

Recently, Shaw debuted her new music video for the first single off her forthcoming album, “Broke My Own,” via Billboard, who call the album “cinematic, like something from a James Bond film, summertime-like, and ’60s inspired.” Read her interview and watch the music video for “Broke My Own” via Billboard here.

Shannon In Nashville Track Listing

  1. Golden Frames

  2. Bring Her The Mirror

  3. Broke My Own

  4. Leather Metal Steel

  5. Freddies ‘n’ Teddies

  6. Love I Can’t Explain

  7. Cryin’ My Eyes Out

  8. Goodbye Summer

  9. Cold Pillows

  10. Lord Of Alaska

  11. I Might Consider

  12. Make Believe

  13. Coal On The Fire

Shannon Shaw Tour Dates
5/18-20- Austin,TX – Austin Jameson Block Party
7/13-15 – Seattle, WA – West Fest^
7/20 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West^
7/21 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle^
7/22 – Carolina Beach, NC – Ocean Grill + Tiki Bar^
7/23 – Wilmington, NC – Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern^
7/24 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook^
7/25 – Richmond, VA – Broadberry^
7/26 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall^
7/27 – Phoenicia, NY – The Great Meltdown Funnabration @ Uncle Pete’s Campground ^
7/29 – New York, NY – Panorama Music and Arts Festival^
8/29- Dublin, Ireland- The Workman’s Club^
8/30- Manchester, United Kingdom- Deaf Institute^
8/30- 9/2 – Salisbury, United Kingdom- End of The Road Festival^
8/31 – Brighton, United Kingdom- The Haunt^
9/3 – Bristol, United Kingdom – The Fleece^
9/4- London, United Kingdom-The Garage^
9/6- Amsterdam, Netherlands – BITTERZOET^
9/7- Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode, Belgium – Rotonde, Botanique^
9/8 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere^
9/10 – Toulouse, France – Les Pavillions Sauvages^
9/11- Montpellier, France- The Black Sheep^
9/13- San Sebastian, Spain- Debadaba^
9/14 – Madrid, Spain – Get Mad Festival^
9/15 – Barcelona, Spain – Gambeat Festival^
10/1 – Perris, CA- Desert Daze (Oct 12-14)^
^as Shannon & The Clams

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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