Shannon McNally in the crux of a prolific phase. Last year she released the highly acclaimed Coldwater, grounded in her love for J.J. Cale, classic rock and the juncture where blues, soul and country music meet, made all the more powerful by the keys of the late, great Jim Dickinson. Then McNally came forth in March with Western Ballad, anchored by the title track written by Allen Ginsberg -- produced by avant-garde artist Mark Bingham at his famed New Orleans Piety Street studios. The record that McNally characterizes as "psychedelic Americana," is as lauded as Coldwater, with All Music Guide proclaiming it "her masterpiece." And, McNally has another album waiting in the wings that is produced by none other than the legend -- Dr. John.
She's also stayed on the road consistently since she released her debut Jukebox Sparrows in 02, followed up by the Charlie Sexton-produced Geronimo. The past couple of years she's been touring with her newly-named band Smoke Signals, now featuring Will Sexton on bass and Wallace Lester on drums, with McNally leading on her own guitar. Recent show highlights include Jazz Fest, SXSW, Voodoo Festival to name a few – as well as tours with Derek Trucks, JJ Grey of MOFRO and James McMurty.
"Her masterpiece." All Music Guide
"...she makes a stronger claim to the idea evoked by the phrase “Cosmic American Music" than anything Gram Parsons recorded." OFFBEAT
"Western Ballad is an accomplished and satisfying record." Popmatters
"She's mysterious one minute, sweet the next – and utterly convincing either way."
M – Music and Musician
"Such is the glorious complexity of native New Yorker McNally.... her dreamy and soulful meditation on roots music...perfection."
"...sensual, humid singing."
"...Western Ballad shows McNally is capable of a range that knows no limits."