Joan Shelley To Head To Austin For SXSW

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Feb 212015

Joan Shelley is scheduled to play a SXSW show at the Hilton Garden Inn in Austin on March 18. Shelley is promoting her newest project, Electric Ursa. The SXSW schedule item is here for those needing further details.
Here is the title track to Electric Ursa

Joan Shelley On NPR s World Cafe

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Oct 142014

Joan Shelley was on NPR’s “World Cafe” radio show on October 6. You can listen here. Her new album is Electric Ursa. She’s playing a show at Zanzabar on October 24. Tour info at
Watch Joan and Nathan Salsburg perform the title track from her new album:

Audio: Joan Shelley and Joe Manning Stream “Outside, Stay Outside”

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Apr 292014

Joan Shelley and Joe Manning are recording a project together, Outside, Stay Outside, set for a June 10 via Karate Body. Listen to the title track:

Thanks to Never Nervous for the tip.

Weekly Ink, Sept. 11

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Sep 112013

LEO’s cover story this week is “Go Folk Yourself,” written by Jason Howard, cover a range of younger musicians playing old-time music. Among the players featured is Louisville artist Joan Shelley, as well as Sam Gleaves. Go read it here.
Peter Berkowitz previews The National show with an interview.

Feb 212013

Billy Petot of Whistle Peak has put together a mixtape of favorites from Louisville and Lexington. It’s posted at Culture Castle; the tracklist looks like this:
1. Bro. Stephen – Tears on Tape | Louisville, KY
2. Matt Duncan – Lone Ranger | Lexington, KY
3. Joan Shelley – Siren | Louisville, KY
4. The Deloreans – Call off the Pain | Louisville, KY
5. The Ladybirds – She’s Alright | Louisville, KY
6. The Fervor – Crazy for the Feeling | Louisville, KY
7. She Might Bite - Whiplash | Louisville, KY
8. Lydia Burrell – Like We’re Animals | Louisville, KY
9. Seluah – Sail Straight Into the Bombs | Louisville, KY
10. Old Baby – Pale as Man | Louisville, KY
11. Wax Fang – Dawn of the Dead of the Night of the Hunter | Louisville, KY
12. Nerves Jr. – Champagne & Peaches | Louisville, KY
13. Idiot Glee – Don’t Go Out Tonight | Lexington, KY
14. Murals – Eyes of Love | Louisville, KY
15. Another 7 Astronauts – Scattered Movements of Pulverized Explosions | Louisville, KY

He left out Houndmouth, Rachel Grimes, Will Oldham, My Morning Jacket, Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore because, he says, you are already familiar with them. No doubt, you could add to the list.

August Issue Features Joan Shelley

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Aug 012012

Joan Shelley LMN cover

The August issue of Louisville Music News features a profile of singer/songwriter Joan Shelley by Kevin Gibson; Sue O’Neil remembers the Tuesday Night Blues Jams at the Rudyard; Eddy Metal has a long story about his trip to see Iron Maiden and Alexander Campbell has a piece on Indian (Asian) dance in Louisville, plus there’s Martin Kasdan’s take on various jazz doings in town, Mike Stout on country music, Djinn Shockley on street dancing and Berk Bryant noodles on bluegrass. Read it all online or pickup a print copy all around the town.

Things Aren t Slowing Down After All

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Jun 192012

Just when it was beginning to look as though the cascade of performers through town might be slowing down a bit, Headliners announces these shows:

Sarah Jaffe
Sarah Jaffe on June July 29, with Toldeo Bend and Joan Shelley
Ryan Bingham And Dead Horses
Ryan Bingham and Dead Horses, October 12.

Brendan Benson
and WFPK announces Brendan Benson will headline the Waterfront Wednesday show in August.

And, of course, there was yesterday’s news that Fiona Apple will be at the Palace on October 5.
You say your bank account is feeling bruised and battered? Hah! Suck it up, wimp. The river roars on.

Weekly Ink, May 9

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May 092012

Peter Berkowitz interviewed the garage rockers Pierced Arrows, coming to Headliners on Wednesday, May 16.
He also wrote very nicely about Adam Rauch and the Beastie Boys and their journey from obnoxious rappers to world fusionists.
Berkowitz also interviewed Bridge 19 (Amanda Lucas and Audrey Cecil) about their new CD, The Fall Back. Finally, he reviewed Farthest Field, by Daniel Martin Moore and Joan Shelley. It’s been a busy week for LEO’s Music Editor.
Simon Isham reviewed Adventure’s newest, Brou-ha-ha.