Paradigm Presents: Joan Shelley with Daughter of Swords
With a powerful voice grounded in her Kentucky roots, singer-songwriter Joan Shelley brings her rolling melodies and descriptive, lyrical style to the Paradigm stage on December 5, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Opening for her is Daughter of Swords, a solo project by Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man.
Tickets cost $15 until November 30, then the price increases to $20/ticket.
About Joan Shelley:
Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, Ky., not far from where she grew up. Like the River Loves the Sea is her fifth album. She draws inspiration from traditional and traditionally-minded performers from her native Kentucky, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland, and England, but shes not a folksinger. Her disposition aligns more closely with that of, say, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, or her fellow Kentuckian Tom T. Hall, who once explainedsimply, succinctly, in a songI Witness Life.
Shes not so much a confessional songwriter, although Like the River gets closest to such subjectively emotional impressions as perhaps any album to date, and she sings less of her life and more of her place: of landscapes and watercourses; of flora and fauna; of seasons changing and years departing and the ineluctable attempt of humans to make some small sense of allor, at best, someof it. Her perspective and performances both have been described, apparently positively, as pure, but theres no trace of the Pollyanna and theres little of the pastoral, either: her work instead wrestles with the possibility of reconciling, if only for a moment, the perceived natural world with its reflectionsometimes, relatively speaking, clear; other times hopelessly distortedin the human heart, mind, and footprint.
Since the 2015 release of her album Over and Even, Shelley has crossed the country and toured Europe several times as a headlining artist, sharing shows with the likes of Jake Xerxes Fussell, Bonnie Prince Billy, Doug Paisley, Daniel Martin Moore, the Other Years, and Michael Hurley. She has opened for Wilco, Chris Smither, Andrew Bird, and Richard Thompson. Jeff Tweedy produced her previous record at The Loft in Chicago. Shell be familiar to readers of guitar-centric magazines for having appeared, in the same season, on the covers of Fretboard Journal and Acoustic Guitar. Shell be doubtless more familiar to more listeners in the wake of Like the River Loves the Sea.
About Daughter of Swords:
In 2017, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig began recording a set of songs... about a breakup that had yet to happen. Her partnership had drifted into a comfortable state of indecision, stalling when it came time to make big life moves or chase new horizons. She had the sense that she needed to slip the relationship in order to pursue everything else life might have in store -- more music, more adventures, a general sense of the unknown. Those feelings drifted steadily into a set of songs that lamented the inevitable loss but, more important, outlined the promise of the future. Recording the ten tracks that became her stunning solo debut, Dawnbreaker, under the new name Daughter of Swords gave Sauser-Monnig permission to go.
Dawnbreaker began as the first phase of Sauser-Monnig's return to music after stepping to the sidelines for the better part of a decade. Her college trio, Mountain Man, rose to quick acclaim for their peerless harmonies around 2010, but the friends slowly drifted apart, following their own interests to different coasts and concerns. While working on a flower farm as a farmhand, though, Sauser-Monnig realized that she missed the emotional articulation she found in writing songs and singing them and resolved to start again. She pieced together an album just as Mountain Man -- now newly gathered in the fertile Piedmont of North Carolina -- began to regroup for its second LP, 2018's aptly named Magic Ship. Working with Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn, Sauser-Monnig shaped what began as quiet reflections into confident compositions, crackling with country swagger and a sparkling pop warmth.
Paradigm Coffee & Music (View)
1202 N. 8th St
Sheboygan, WI 53081