Shannon McNally (photo Sebastian Smith)
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana singer-songwriter Shannon McNally brings her rootsy songs and soulful vocals to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, May 13, at 9pm.
With a time-stopping voice, born in New York but simultaneously roughed up and refined by New Orleans and Mississippi, Shannon McNally has cut a singular path through the musical landscape – one that includes a Grammy nomination and a place on the stage with a who’s who of rock, country, and soul: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Levon Helm, Charlie Sexton, Dr. John, Bobby Rush, Luther and Cody Dickinson, and Derek Trucks, among others.
When McNally first burst on the scene with the release of her debut album, “Jukebox Sparrows,” in 2002, the term “Americana” hadn’t yet entered widespread usage, but McNally’s soulful melodies and gritty vocals made her the embodiment of the genre alongside such male stars as Jakob Dylan with Wallflowers and Adam Duritz with Counting Crows.
Since that time, she has toured with a host of likeminded musicians, including Stevie Nicks – to whom she bears a resemblance vocally, perhaps crossed with Bonnie Raiit – Ryan Adams, Son Volt, John Mellencamp, and Dave Alvin. She has recorded an EP with Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton, and recorded an album of songs by the late New Orleans songwriter Bobby Charles, who appeared with the Band in “The Last Waltz” singing his composition, “Down South in New Orleans.”