The stunning, self-titled fourth album from Kentucky singer, songwriter and guitarist Joan Shelley reflects her most assured and complete thoughts to date. With lyrics as subtle and sensitive as her peerless voice, her band offers support through restraint and nuance. In eleven songs, this is the sound of Joan Shelley emerging as one of music's most expressive emotional syndicates.
Joan Shelley was produced in Chicago by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and created in Wilco's Loft studio. Shelley's music has never been experimental, at least in some bleeding-edge sense of the word. But in their own way, these songs are experimental and risky, built with methods that pushed Shelley out of the comfort zone she's established on a string of records defined by mesmerizing sort of grace and clarity. Enjoy a First Listen to Joan Shelley via NPR Music HERE.