Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Over and Even

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Over and Even

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Joan Shelley

Over and Even

No Quarter

Indla-folk Starlet offen collection of timeless, gently moving tunes

In recent years, Joan Shelley has emerged as a quietly commanding voice in indie folk, performing her own songs, revisiting traditional Appalachian tunes with the trio Maiden Radio, and collaborating with Daniel Martin Moore, Joe Manning, and other kindred spirits around her home base of Louisville, Kentucky. Over and Even is billed as a solo album (Shelley's third since 2012), but instrumentally it is very much a duo project with Nathan Salsburg, a gifted fingerstyle guitarist who is also curator of the Alan Lomax Archive. Shelley and Salsburg recorded the dozen original songs on Over and Even during one winter weekend, playing a variety of guitars-Bourgeois and Collings OMs, a Harmony nylon-string, and a Gibson ES-335, all tuned down a half step-and had friends overdub keyboards, percussion, and vocals. …

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