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Joan Shelley transforms a variety of folk and country songs on Rivers and Vessels

It took me a couple of listens before I realized that Louisville singer Joan Shelley was tackling Nick Drake’s singular ballad “Time Has Told Me” on her new six-track covers EP, Rivers and Vessels (released as a benefit for the antipollution advocacy organization Kentucky Waterways Alliance). Shelley’s honeyed, weightless voice can express both pain and […]

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With hushed delicacy, Joan Shelley unleashes her most poetic and empathetic collection of songs yet

Last month Louisville singer-songwriter Joan Shelley released her fifth album, the eponymous Joan Shelley, the first she’s made outside of Kentucky. She cut the record in Chicago at the Wilco Loft with Jeff Tweedy as producer, but his presence is barely felt, which says something about her quiet confidence in her delicate and poetic folk […]