Kentucky native Joan Shelley has been compared to the likes of English folk legends Sandy Denny and Vashti Bunyan, thanks to her sparkling, crystal-clear voice and personal, heartfelt songwriting. Playing her Collings OM and accompanied by the fine guitarist Nathan Salsburg, Shelley is sure to draw you in with these hushed and gentle performances, including two songs from her new album, Over and Even. Our engaging conversation touches on her many world travels, which have had a great influence on her art, as well as the story behind her family-heirloom Collings, her Kentucky childhood, and the “war of attrition” that is life in the music business. But it’s her spine-tingling singing that is truly remarkable. If pastoral, gloriously unadorned, delicately fingerpicked folk music is your thing, Joan Shelley will blow you away.

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