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!
I love how stripped down this song is. In a world full of over-production and being as loud as you can, “Sidewalk” is an easy-breezy breath of fresh air.
“What’d You Think” was performed, recorded, and shot live on Delmarva Life TV in Maryland earlier this year. I found their performance to be full of passion, emotion, and life.
For instance, the band laments the trials and tribulations of dating a vegan: …
You’re in the sky, grazing the moon with your hands, rearranging stars, and smiling wistfully. This is where my mind takes me when I hear “Are You The Girl” by Kira Hooks, just released on April 17th, 2018.
With a little bit of sass, blues, and rock n’ roll, Lauren Anderson is bringing us a song reminiscent of early Grace Potter. Released March 30th, “The Game” is a head-banger that will pump you up and empower your day!
Released on April 17th, I find “Body Language,” to be timeless, sexy and beautifully produced, and think that you will too.
Capturing the essence of drama, the pain of heartbreak, and the freedom of letting go, “Strangers” is a beautifully written song about the romantic tragedy of losing a part of your identity in someone else.
He’s waiting for a call from someone in an emptiness that extends beyond his physical being.
One of my favorite songs on the album, “Just Wanna Meet You”, puts into words the longing we all feel to find someone to live our lives with. The idea that there’s a person out there meant just for you is one that brings comfort to all the hopeless romantics of the world.
The video features the band playing in Somer’s garage/rehearsal space, cut with kaleidoscope-like outdoor and driving scenes, giving an overall feeling of psychedelic displacement and trippiness (you may want to break out the sticky-icky for this one, gang).