Friday, 16 June 2017

Shannon McNally - BLACK IRISH is out

“There is something for every roots-loving, singer-songwriting fan in these dozen tracks. . . . it ought to move Shannon McNally to the forefront of Americana artists, where she clearly belongs.”
- Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter

"Shannon McNally has a been gifted with a voice that has an ethereal hypnotic affect featuring a mix of southern drawl and Celtic lilt delivered as a velvety alto that ensnares the soul of the listener.”
- Innocent Words
"Shannon McNally’s bewitching voice is like a warm fog that wraps itself around you and whispers beautiful poetry in your ear.”
- Art Voice

"From our first meeting I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was the right man for the job of shepherding the next Shannon McNally record into existence. Now that the record is made, I hope music lovers around the world will come to know what I and many others already know: This girl belongs in the Americana Music spotlight." - Rodney Crowell

Release Date: 9 Jun. 2017

Label: Compass Records

12 Tracks/ Time: 43:08
Genres: Rock

Shannon McNally releases her tenth studio album, BLACK IRISH today on Compass Records. Produced by Americana icon Rodney Crowell, the album is a turning point in the singer/guitarist's career, the result of recent years of hardship and finding hope through a musical counterpart.

In the past few months alone, Shannon performed with Willie Nelson and The Avett Brothers at the Ray Benson Birthday Bash at SXSW, appeared on Good Day NY and WFUV, gigged regularly with her cohort Charlie Sexton, toured w/ Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and has been praised by A merican Songwriter, No Depression, Elmore and more. BLACK IRISH recently debuted at #24 on the Americana chart and #41 on Triple A and climbing.
The primary colors of American music are black and white, and BLACK IRISH displays that hybrid in many shades, mixing country, blues, soul, rock, folk balladry and classic pop.  Shannon co-wrote three of the album’s 12 songs – one with producer Crowell, who also penned two more for her; the rest include personal favorites by Stevie Wonder (“I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It”), Robbie Robertson (“It Makes No Difference”), J.J. Cale (“Low Rider”), Muddy Waters (“The Stuff You Got to Watch"), The Staple Singers (“Let’s Go Home") and more. The result is an album that stands with the best of classic vocal interpreters like Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Maria Muldaur.  

Shannon's official music video for "You Made Me Feel For You" premieres today on new video platform, HitsMeUp. The album opener was written by Crowell, and serves as a metaphor for their collaboration - how his particular understanding of her unique gifts pulled out the career-defining album many have been waiting for since she came on the scene.

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