Joseph Shackelford is perhaps the only musician in Nashville marketing himself as a "Rock Violinist," and playing solo shows as such. Nashville Offbeat had to see him perform live to find out more! At The Whiskey Room Live in Franklin on Saturday, July 1st, he gave an impressive hour-long performance.
Joseph performed an amazing set consisting of some old favorites, such as Breaking Benjamin's, "So Cold," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Though the vibe was hard rock, he brought some different elements into the mix with covers of Bruno Mars', "Uptown Funk," and Madonna's "Hung Up." At times wielding both violin and electric guitar, he was backed by tracks that he professionally recorded in his own studio. To say that Joseph shreds on violin would be an understatement (he shreds so hard, in fact, he had to change a string mid-performance!). He played as though he was having an intimate conversation with his audience through his violin. His stage presence communicated the nuance of that conversation, and brought every person into his world.
From this writers perspective, Joseph Shackelford would perform with the same passion and intensity for 1 person as he would for 1,000. That's an incredible gift to have, and an absolute delight to experience. Check him out on Facebook to see where he'll be next!
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