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#SummerofFUV Music Guide

Joan Shelley: 2017

Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg at WFUV

Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg at WFUV (photo by Sabrina Sitton)


It’s easy to lose sight of the power of simplicity. In music, laying bare the song with minimal adornment feels somehow like a radical choice, given the mass availability of technology, and the competitive challenge of being heard.

The Louisville-based singer and songwriter Joan Shelley, who grew up on a horse farm in rural Kentucky, brings a minimalist, less-is-more approach to her songs, which stand as quietly strong as the natural world she often invokes.

On her fifth, self-titled album, she decamped to Wilco’s Chicago studios, The Loft, to work with producer Jeff Tweedy. On tonight's FUV Live, hear Joan play us a couple of new songs and chat with us a bit about the new album.

[recorded: 4/20/17]