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ReviewShine Wednesday: Hayshaker, Shiny & The Spoon

Posted in Hayshaker, Shiny and the Spoon on June 30, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature a brief review of at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.”

Our first featured act today is a band from Waycross, GA called Hayshaker. Waycross was the childhood home of Gram Parsons, and the band finds some of his spirit still haunting their hometown on this sophomore release. Steel guitars and iron clad harmonies from the husband and wife pair of Chris and Laurie Rider (Chris goes by CC. Yup… CC Rider) form the basis for many of the eight tracks on Tin Roof Snare. Standouts include the Guthrie inspired folk of “As I Slept In,” and the full-on twang of “Swamp County.” The title track also serves as a nice example of their sound.

Hayshaker: Tin Roof Snare (Buy Album)

Our second act today features another male/female vocal pairing in the Cincinnati based ukulele duo Shiny & The Spoon. Amber Nash and Jordan Neff have been playing together as Shiny & The Spoon for a couple of years now and have honed an inviting style with their sparse arrangements, warm harmonies, and gently strummed melodies. Their self-titled album has a light and dreamy feel that makes it a perfect late night, chill-out record. Their musical philosophy is seemingly spelled out in the title to the opening track… “Simple Song.” It works.

Shiny & The Spoon: Simple Song (Buy Album)