Field Notes from a Caravan
There Was a Town, From Appalachia to the Himalayas, where Venus Burns among Dusty Books. Dream Next to Me between Small City Walls and Picket Fences. Then Move Along, Willingly. A collection of stories and melodies written in Nepal, Maine, West Virginia, Thailand, and Nashville. In 2007, Shanna lived in Bode, Bhaktapur, Nepal as an English Instructor. She wrote Move Along the first night there in a hotel room, excited about a new adventure, but longing for a person who two who was left behind. Appalachia to the Himalayas was also written there, but really embodies the seasons of her home state of Maine, and a love that never happened. From Nepal, she took an archaeology gig in West Virginia, where There Was a Town was written. The small town atmosphere, falling out of love with a perfectly good person, and grappling with a new found sense of perspective led to the ideas. Dusty Books was written as a tribute to Ray Bradbury's Fariegnheit 451. A lone man wonders what else is out there in the world. A common theme throughout all the songs, but particularly clear in Picket Fences, 'I want to live in the world/ not behind a white picket fence/ I'm not afraid of change/ and I don't pretend to know what love is.' Shanna Underwood - vocals, songwriting, acoustic guitar Chirs Clawson - stand-up bass Eric Elsner - drums/percussion Josh Pessar - electric guitar and acoustic guitar Moriah Harris - fiddle/vocals Joe Bloom - Harmonica Kevin Gordon - electric guitar Troy Jones - drums/percussion Dan Schaefer - vocals 'There is yearning in her voice as she sings her songs, an authentic sounding yearning that we need to hear more of. So, some day, take a moment to sit down and listen to Shanna Underwood's music. Think back about your own travels, and where you want to be going. It will help put things in perspective.' Aldon Hynes, Orient Lodge Music Blog 'Grim and Gritty, unpolished acoustic music; think of a dark bar with the settled smoke lingering about eye-level and a bleary-eyed bartender just as drunk as you. Shanna Underwood with her smoky and sexy voice and lonely, world weary songs, possesses that unmistakable quality that made Bonnie Raitt's early records so singular. She's the woman with the better chops than the boys and with whom they're all in love.' The Beer Guy - Face Magazine.