Ethereal finger-picked guitars, hushed vocals draw comparisons to Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzalez.
John Shannon as photographed by Michael Weintrob.
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“Hurricane” from “Songs of The Desert River by John Shannon & Wings of Sound
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“Somewhere between John Martyn and Nick Drake… …hypnotic and timeless…” – Le Monde (France)
“…John Shannon offers a sumptuous disk of uncluttered folk…” – Les Inrockuptibles (France)
“Songs as pure and unfiltered were only known long ago from American folk-heroes like Pete Seeger.” – WOM (Germany)
About John Shannon & Wings of Sound
Many musicians say that music is their life. For Pittsburgh-born singer-songwriter, John Shannon, music is life itself. Identifying himself as a “song seeker,” Shannon’s spirituality guides his songwriting with results that play as if they are as much a part of nature as the man himself.
Shannon has sought and discovered eleven new songs comprising his second album of delicate guitars and hushed vocals, Songs of The Desert River (June 14th, Creek Valley/ObliqSound), a collection that envelops the listener with its own sense of time and space. On songs such as the album’s first single “Hurricane” (STREAM), Shannon and his band Wings of Sound float weightlessly above Shannon’s delicately finger-picked acoustic guitar, a term deemed “too crude… to do justice to his technique” by the UK’s Sunday Times.
Drawing comparisons to Iron & Wine and Jose Gonzalez, Shannon views his work as less a part of contemporary tradition. He describes himself as a “song-seeker,” explaining, “There are songs in the winds and sunrise that, if perceived openly, will synthesize inside you. There is a spiritual quality in a song that comes from looking for it through the beauty of nature. Honoring this process for me keeps the music connected to the spirit.”
Now, with Songs of The Desert River completed both physically and metaphysically, Shannon is ready to give it to the world, especially through his live performance, a near-shamanistic experience which he hopes will be as spiritually cleansing for his audience as he has come to know it to be for himself. See below for live performance dates.
John Shannon is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
John Shannon & Wings of Sound | Upcoming NYC Shows
04/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Kula Yoga
05/08 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
05/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Wellness Fair
05/24 New York, NY @ DROM w/ Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze
05/26 Paris, France @ l'International
06/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Temple Beth Emeth of Flatbush/The Sanctuary
07/11 New York, NY @ The Living Room 9PM
07/20 Columbus, OH @ Skully's
07/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Café
John Shannon & Wings of Sound
Songs of The Desert River
(Creek Valley/ObliqSound – 6/14/2011)
02. Wave To The River
03. Desert River
05. Forever Is When
07. Dawn Breaks
08. Days Gone By
09. Tell The Morning
10. New Winter
11. Into The Unknown
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