I have the privilege of playing a show with one of my favorite songwriters and artists, Greg Laswell, tomorrow night at my favorite venue, Dosey Doe. An article about Greg’s music and this show was just published in the Houston Press – I’ve pasted a bit from the article below, but click here to read the full article. I hope to see you all tomorrow night – doors at 6:00, show starts at 7:00. See you there!
“It’s almost a decade since Greg Laswell first darkly won his way into our hearts in the form of Good Movie. From day one, he has shown himself to be the master of the deft lyric and cutting notes that turn simple songs into treatises on the human heart.
“I disappeared for a couple of years there,” Greg Laswell says of the time leading up to new album Landline.
Slowly, the world has stood up and taken notice. Laswell’s work has increasingly been featured in TV and film, which is of course one of the best ways for musicians to make a living. You might have caught him in Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, 90210, Army Wives or Dollhouse.
The Houston Press first heard of Laswell during our regular column on the music of HBO vampire drama True Blood for the Rocks Off blog.
“I managed to watch that episode without knowing my song was in it. I had to go back and watch it again!” says Laswell via e-mail. “I’m a huge True Blood fan so I was thrilled!”
Now Laswell is on tour promoting his fifth studio album, Landline. Rather than having to make a trek all the way to Austin to catch him like normally, though, this time Houstonians only have to make it to Spring, with the amazing Shellee Coley on the bill to boot.”Read More
We were so excited to have connected with Chuck Dauphin of Billboard Magazine a few months back. He mentioned doing an interview with me regarding my album, “Where It Began”. Today, that article went live! It’s been very surreal to see that article amongst some of the biggest names in music. Below is an excerpt from Chuck’s interview and you can click here to read the whole thing!
“One of the most unique musical releases of the year is “Where It Began,” from Texas-born singer/songwriter Shellee Coley. Helping it to fit that definition is the fact that it is one of the most diverse records that you will hear — containing slices of country, pop, folk, and Americana. Coley admits one of her main goals for the album was not trying to fit into a box stylistically.”Read More
A big thanks to Maroon Weekly’s Tobin Redwine for their album review of “Where It Began”. It’s been amazing to have this Americana/Alt-Country/Singer-Songwriter album to get such great feedback with such different perspectives. Anyway – below is a clip from the review, and to read the whole thing, click here!
“Her voice is somewhere between Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple, while her compositions brings a feel and subtlety reminiscent of early Chris Isaak. Listeners can expect to swim in the modernization of folkish themes combined with ethereal, aural, tones and both acoustic and electric implementations of country, indie rock and more. Coley has a sultry, oaky texture in her lower register, and a buttery smooth laughing sensation at the higher end.”Read More
Right before our first album release show, we found this amazing review by our friends at Space City Rock. Below is an excerpt and you can read the full article by clicking here.
“Some albums — the best ones, generally — have personalities, just like people. Even though they may swing wildly between different styles, they’re tied together somehow by this overarching thread that runs throughout.
They step beyond, “hey, this isn’t bad,” to pull you along with them on their emotional journey, wherever it happens to lead, and by the time you reach the end, you’re sorry to see that journey’s at an end. Taking the CD out of the player feels like hanging up the phone with a friend, and when you listen again, even if it’s a decade later, it feels like you’re picking up right where you left off, right back to that trusty friendship.
Shellee Coley’s new full-length, Where It Began, is one of those albums, at least to me. I’ve never heard much of Coley’s music before now, but it all feels as warm and familiar as an old sweatshirt I’ve worn off-and-on since college. It feels like home, truly, despite the fact that Coley’s not singing about my life but hers.”Read More