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Songstress Whitworth plays Dan’s tonight

May 12, 2013
By Kathy Edwards McFarlandfree-clip-art-mothers-day-tea-i5
Tonight: May 12:
Shannon Whitworth,, brings her cool sounds of Appalachian-tinged, reverb-drenched jazz and indie rock to Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, Denton, at 8 p.m. Tickets – $7.
With her band, the Biscuit Burners, featuring Seth Kauffman, Barrett Smith, Matt Smith, and Evan Martin, Whitworth will be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift, but everyone will enjoy the show.

About Shannon Whitworth

Shannon Whitworth

Shannon Whitworth

Just as her music stems from Appalachian roots (she’s a favorite at MerleFest) but sheds its traditional skin at the door, High Tide begins with a journey to the sea that takes rest stops in reverb-drenched jazz and indie rock along the way, setting the mood for a tight but playful expedition.

“So many of my songs were penned from darkness, and High Tide came from a place of light,” Whitworth explains. “It’s about heading towards that good feeling.” ‘La Croix’ takes listeners to the islands, diving into a reef of deep poignancy and examining the ‘Oh shit, I’m vulnerable,’ catch-22 that comes with falling in love. ‘Henry,’ the album’s oldest track, was born of two women drinking at a bar, commiserating over another foolhardy romance gone wrong. Whitworth dug up the rudimentary original lyrics years later from the back of a journal, its words smeared by the sweat of a bottle. “I feel like you make peace with life’s situations by making songs of them along the way,” says Whitworth, underscoring her desire to engage audiences with clarity and honesty.

A remake of ‘Don’t Lie,’ originally recorded as a banjo-rambler on Water Bound, embodies Whitworth’s new approach, recalling more Mazzy Star than Patsy Cline (but still without shedding her indelible Southern charm).

Following a year that heard Whitworth as the singing voice of Belk department store’s latest national marketing campaign and the release of a duets album, Bring It On Home (including deep tracks from Paul Simon, Tom Waits, and Sam Cooke) with band member and guitarist Barrett Smith, Whitworth releases High Tide with a reinvigorated confidence and enthusiasm. Whether you’re holed up in a chilly Appalachian barn or walking the coast on a hot August evening, Whitworth’s High Tide holds universal appeal, from the mountains to the sea.

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