Shay Martin Lovette's Album Release Show W/ Earleine
Time & Location
About The Event
SHAY MARTIN LOVETTE
Friday, August 18, 2018
Doors @ 8:00 p.m.
Show @ 9:00 p.m.
$5 cover at the door; 21 & up
About the bands:
Potential and heart. These are the two words that continue to echo as you make your way through Shay Martin Lovette's debut album, Swift Drifter. The former is a strong base, necessary for anyone to attempt a launch into a career in recorded music, while the latter is the key that separates the stars from the burnouts. From slow, simple acoustic ballads reminiscent of desert-bound troubadours of days past to bluesy-country inspired jams, Lovette wears his heart on his sleeve as he explores his identity as a songwriter before our very eyes.
In each track, we see a glimpse of Lovette's life—full of joy, pain, yearning, accomplishment, and heartbreak—a relatable swath of emotional experiences that tie his mollifying sound to the listener. After tragically losing his younger brother to a terminal illness, Lovette left his corporate job and moved to the quaint Blue Ridge Mountain town of Boone, North Carolina to pursue a music career in a move that many of us would only dream of making. Inspired by the unwavering sense of optimism and adventure his brother displayed while battling for his life, Shay aimed to tackle the universal idea of finding meaning and hope, even and especially during life's darkest times.
The record starts by setting the stage as a personal reflection of what matters in life and how one spends their time, as "Shatter" opens with "In the city for a while, the plot line rearranged. A voice got louder, as the sunset fell away." Lovette explores stripping down life to its bare-bones essentials to focus on family, love, music, and a true experience unadulterated by societal expectations and the run-of-the-mill rat race. The sound and lyrics are pensive and solemn, without drifting too far into a pit of melancholy.
He continues his deep inquiry into the human condition in "Finding Ways", "Burning Blues", and "Petals in the Falling Snow", finally reaching what in my eyes is the most radio-ready track, "Wherever You Roam". With a more up-beat pace, wailing harmonica, and twangy lead guitar throughout, Lovette seems to have found his hit here. Don't simply rely on my opinion though—one of my favorite music platforms, Crackerfarm, seems to be in agreement, as they recently released a video of an acoustic version that can be found on Youtube.
There is something for everyone in Shay Martin Lovette's inaugural project. Whether you want to think, cry, dance, smile—or do all at once—Swift Drifter has you covered. Keep an eye out for more tunes from this Carolina crooner, and be sure to support him by purchasing the record on vinyl, or streaming it on your preferred platform.
-THE DEEPER DIG
Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, just 40 miles outside of Nashville, Earleine grew up immersed in musical culture. At 18 she picked up the guitar, and soon began writing her own songs. Earleine made her way to the Blue Ridge mountains in the Spring of 2016 to expand her musical horizons. Genuine and shockingly honest, her songwriting is mixed with poetic lyricism, and dreamy harmonies that seem to lift hard time memories into ephemeral realms. Earleine's style is Americana music with a swirl of folk, rock, and roots under a blanket of soul.