UPdates & DOWNtime

With the big Neumos/Cave Singers show and the Tractor/solo Dolour
show behind me I’m excited to have some free time to work on new
songs. As ever, each new song is taking me to new places.

While
recording Shouting at a Silent Sky I didn’t write hardly anything. I
wanted to stay in the “Silent Sky” mood as long as I could to see
those songs through to the end. When I finished the album in
February, I opened the floodgates for songs to start pouring – but it
was more like a trickle. I’d write a little something here, a little
something there – waiting for that cornerstone song to show me where
where the music wanted to go. Finally by summer something was
developing, and now I am well on my way to finding that next sound.
Without counting my chickens before they hatch, I just wanted to let
you know that during this (probably brief) downtime I am cooking up
some new jams for y’all. Also, I am constantly looking for new ways
to connect with the fans, be it Facebook, iLike, Twitter,
ReverbNation. We also hope to play some more out of town shows before
the year is out.

Keep checking here for developments on all of the
above.

AND – have a spooky Halloween,

XO Shane

Dolour Revisited

File this under: “never say never”.

I’m playing an acoustic set of
Dolour songs tomorrow night at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Opening
for longtime friend and collaborator (he played lead guitar on the
Years in the Wilderness) Josh Ottum’s CD release show. You can read
my blog and suggest songs at Dolour’s myspace page.

If you wanna meet up before the show,
I’ll be spinning records at Hazelwood on Market Street in Ballard
(just blocks from the Tractor) from 7-8pm. Come on over, I’ll be
playing lots of great R&B and Country, and Rock and Roll. See you
tomorrow night!

Xo Shane

NEWS FLASH!

Today Amazon is offering not one, but two free downloads from Shouting
at a Silent Sky! Here’s the direct link to get
both “Idle Hands” and “Death & Texas” for free!

And if you live in
Portland come out to one of our shows tonight, and if you’re in
Seattle we’ll see you tomorrow at Neumos! Gotta hit the road now!

-Shane

A Weekend with the Cave Singers

I have been looking forward to these shows for months now. The Cave
Singers new album has been on constant rotation on my ipod. I hope
everyone can come out to these shows, they should be a lot of fun.
Friday we’re driving down to Portland early, because we have a free
in-store at Music Millennium at 6pm, then we head to Mississippi
Studios to open for the Moondoggies (also one of my local favs) and
the Cave Singers. The next night we are back and Seattle and playing
Neumos with the Feral Children and, again, the Cave Singers! It
should be action-packed. We probably are gonna keep a lower profile
leading into the holidays. Our next goal is to get some west coast
dates booked before the end of the year. Keep checking here for more
on that.

In “never say never” news, I have agreed to play a short set of my old
Dolour material opening up for (longtime Dolour collabortor) Josh
Ottum’s CD release show Thursday, October 22nd at the Tractor Tavern.
To read more about it, suggest songs, and ticket ordering info…
read the blog at the Dolour myspace page.

Other than that, you can keep up with us at Twitter, Facebook, Myspace
and now ReverbNation, all the
ingredients of a well-balanced diet.

See you at the shows!
Shane

Turn Out the Lights, The Party’s Over

Thanks for everyone who participated in the first annual “Birthday
Sale”!  Take a look at the music/store though, because we’ve kept the
CD prices very affordable.

We are looking forward to a string of
shows with the Cave Singers coming up in a couple weeks and we hope to
see you at the shows.  On Friday, October 16th we hit Portland for the
first time as a full band!  With an in-store at Music Millennium at
6pm then we head to Mississippi Studio to play with The Moondoggies
and the Cave Singers!  The next night we get to open for the Cave
Singers at their homecoming/CD release show at Neumos.

We are very
stoked about these shows, and honored the Cave Singers asked to have
us at these shows.  Their new album, “Welcome Joy”, has been one of my
most listened to albums this year.  See y’all soon!

– Shane

The Party’s Still Rockin’

We’ve extended the birthday sale thru October 1st! Its been great to
see so many of you taking advantage of this great deal, and we’d like
to give more of you the opportunity to get a CD, t-Shirt or poster for
only $5. And this Thursday, October 1st we will be opening for
americana legends, Slim Cessna’s
Auto Club
at The Crocodile. So come on out and keep this party goin’!

There’s A Party Goin’ On!

This year I want to celebrate my birthday by giving you all the chance to rummage thru the torn out pages of my diary, the masks I wore in previous lives, the armor that protected me in violent battles and come away with new tunes to fill your head, but not empty your wallet. I’m talking about a massive birthday sale!

For the weekend of Friday, September 25th (my birthday) thru Sunday, the 27th you will be able to purchase any album, t-shirt or poster for only $5 a pop. Take advantage of this birthday sale, and let your friends know (in the words of Wanda Jackson) there’s a party goin’ on!

Love,
Shane

This Just In!

Thanks to everyone that came out to our Neumos show the other night. It was great having my old pal Zach Urban playing some blues harp with us. Zach was in the very first band I put together back in 6th grade. I wrote one of my first songs about him, too. Until about a year ago I hadn’t seen him in forever, he left the northwest for much of high school and our early 20’s. We reconnected about a year ago, when he moved back to Seattle, and it didn’t take long for us to start collaborating again.

Luckily, for us he is a great blues harpist! You can watch a video clip of us playing “Lost Myself Again” below. While the sound is pretty blown out on the lil digital camera, you can feel the power in the performance. With the “San Diego boys”, The Chromettes and now Zach Urban backing me up, we are a force to be reckoned with!

Also – check out the updated concert calendar – there are some exciting shows coming in September and October.

Until next time,
goodnight and good luck,

Shane.

The Latest

“Shouting At A Silent Sky” is now available for order thru our website. For only $9.99, including shipping, its a pretty sweet deal. If you’d rather pick it up at a local record store they are currently stocked at Easy Street Records (Queen Anne and West Seattle), Sonic Boom (Ballard, Capitol Hill) and Every Day Music (Capitol Hill). Soon they will be at more shops around Seattle.

Today, emusic.com‘s free download-of-the-day is “Death & Texas”, if you don’t already have the album – here’s your chance to be add a song to your iTunes playlist for free.

Our first club show since the album’s physical release will be Sunday, August 16th at Neumo’s in Capitol Hill. Come on out for a great full night of music, we will be sandwiched between opener Ghost of Kyle Bradford and headliner Micheal Vermillion – two of my favorite music-makers.

And to close – I’d like to thank everyone who came out to our in-store at Easy Street last week to celebrate our album’s release – the album is now the #1 seller on their local chart! Thank you.

Love, Shane

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