5/7 Joan Shelley, w/guest Michael Hurley - TICKETS AT THE DOOR TONIGHT
Ballard Homestead
Seattle, WA
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Saturday May 07, 2016 7:30 PM - Saturday May 07, 2016 10:00 PM | $10.00 - $12.00


5/7 Joan Shelley, w/guest Michael Hurley - TICKETS AT THE DOOR TONIGHT
$15, cash preferred
OPENS 7:00
Plenty of room but we recommend showing up close to 7:00

5/7 Joan Shelley, with special guest Michael Hurley @ Ballard Homestead.  

7:30 show time, 7:00 doors, all ages, seated

"One of the most beautiful releases of the year" - NPR music review by Will Hermes
"'Over and Even' is a dead ringer in both sound and style" - NPR's first listen
"A crisp, golden sonic space perfect for autumn's approach" - Aquarium drunkard review
L.A. Times "Liquid arrangements drift beneath melodies, pulling them into darkened corners. With sublime phrasing and images"
Album of the week - "it practically radiates tranquility" Stereogum review
Based out of Louisville, Kentucky, singer/songwriter Joan Shelley's warm and mellifluous voice evokes both the deep south and west coast, drawing from both old-time country and '60s folk. Shelley released her solo debut Ginko in 2012, followed by the No Quarter-issued Electric Ursa in 2014 and the new Over and Even this September, a collaboration with guitarist Nathan Salsburg (Paradise of Bachelors, No Quarter). She splits her time between solo outings and as one-third of the old time trio Maiden Radio.

As technology rules the sound of the day, it's good to be reminded how powerfully a single voice can transmit deep emotion. Joan Shelley made one of the most beautiful records of the year with just her voice and two guitars. Over and Even has roots in British folk, the sort made popular by artists like Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention in the late '60s and early '70s  another time when the dominant music was filled with electricity and texture. The intertwined melodies Shelley and her guitar partner Nathan Salsburg (who's had his own Tiny Desk Concert) produce are refreshing breaths of Kentucky air in a world of compressed drums and overly processed vocals. This one is near and dear to my heart. -NPR

About Michael Hurley:

Michael Hurley's music is often coined as "outsider folk." His hobo lifestyle indeed could be looked upon as eccentric, but it might be better to regard him as one of the last insiders keeping alive the traditions of the folk troubadour. Since the earliest of the 60s, when he started rambling with his fiddlin' Bucks County buddy Robin Remaily, Hurley has slowly carved out a monolithic catalog that stands as a one of the richest in the history of American folk music. Hurley-or Snockman, Doc Snock, Hi Fi Snock, Elwood Snock, or simply The Snock, as he likes to call himself on different occasions-is one of those songwriters who can casually sing one of his heartbreakers, like "Sweedeedee" or "The Twilight Zone," and create a feeling of melancholia deeper than the deepest waters. What makes the Snockman doubly amazing is that, after 35 years, his song craftsmanship hasn't shown the slightest decline in quality. The Wolfways album from a few years ago is a masterpiece, and his newly recorded album-that doesn't even have a home yet-has songs like "Mr. Man in the Moon" that transcend a loneliness more poignant than anything else I know. Not that Hurley's music is just about longing and trouble and strife, the Snock can be very loopy and funny too; he writes from the perspective of a porkchop in "I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop," or he sings like a crow, or tells us that we are all gonna look like a monkey when we're old. Hurley's music draws from the wealth of old American folk styles like country blues, bluegrass, and country, of which he has a profound knowledge. When he plays the banjo or fiddle you're under the impression he's lived in the Appalachians all his life, and his intricate but bare finger picking on the guitar is identifiable out of thousands; and like John Lee Hooker and Robert Wilkins, he idiosyncratically adds or skips a beat or bar when his muse calls for it.



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Ballard Homestead (View)
6541 Jones Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
United States


Music > All Ages

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!