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Shannon Shaw Premieres Music Video For “Cryin’ My Eyes Out”

This morning, Shannon Shaw debuts her new music video for “Cryin’ My Eyes Out” via BUST, who say “Cryin’ My Eyes Out” sounds like it could’ve been recorded yesterday, or half a century ago.” The video, for the third single off Shaw’s forthcoming debut album Shannon In Nashville (June 8, Easy Eye Sound), was directed by Ryan Daniel Browne and features Shaw playing the role of every member of her band. Shaw reveals: “The song is a real tear jerker for me, it’s about a tough family pickle I’ve been in for a long time. The lyrics explore this feeling I have sometimes where I’m getting more desperate and tortured realizing that the situation isn’t going to improve after all. I’m on the edge of losing my grip and something I had so much hope for. The song was originally written soft and as sad as possible but with time it became more swinging, confident, lively, hopeful. I’m happy to have moved that direction, I think it’s important to find hope in everything and be open to the unexpected. The video Ryan Browne and I decided to take it in a playful direction. Kind of a wild juxtaposition if you catch the drift of the meaning behind the song. This video was by far the funnest one I’ve ever done. Can’t express how good it felt to become other characters. I took it seriously in that I gave each one a name and persona and tried to become them. Dusty the chipper bass player, the creepy keyboard guy (Dale maybe?) and the producer were my favorites.” Watch the music video for “Cryin’ My Eyes Out” via BUST 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.

To celebrate the release of her new album, Shannon Shaw will perform a solo release show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 8th as part of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. Tickets for this show are available here. Additionally, Shannon & The Clams announced new headlining dates throughout July and October in cities including Seattle, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago 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.

Recently, Shannon Shaw debuted 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.” Shaw  also premiered her new music video for the first single off her forthcoming album, “Broke My Own,” via Billboard .

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.

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
6/8 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
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, Botaniquev
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^
10/03 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile^
10/04 – Vancouver, BC -Wise Hall^
10/05 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom^
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent^
10/10 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern^
10/11 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom^
10/12-14 Perris, CA – Desert Daze^
10/30 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon^
10/31 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall^
11/01 – Detroit, MI – MOCAD^
11/02 – Toronto, ON -Lee’s Palace^
11/03 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. ^
11/05 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair^
11/08 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church^
^as Shannon & The Clams

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