SHENANDOAH DAVIS – SOUVENIRS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

Alert!!! BZZT!!!! [Airhorn sound!!!!]

My next add is by one of my all-time favorite people, and it’s her first album in six years!! Some of you who’ve been paying attention to Band Mom goings-on for an extra long time might remember my dear friend Shenandoah Davis from her last record The Company We Keep, which I sent out to radio way back in the olden days of 2011. This new one is called Souvenirs and it is so great!! She’s 6 years older, 6 years wiser and more sophisticated, and to be honest it shows in the music. Despite all that growing up, I’m not sure I can describe it any better than I did back in 2011, when I put it thusly: “it’s totally beautiful and idiosyncratic and her voice is kind of like Joanna Newsom’s or Regina Spektor’s – particularly in that it ranges from warbly/weirdy to the more classically agreed-upon idea of ‘lovely’ – in fact she is a trained opera singer! But I would not describe her music as ‘operatic’ in any sense except that it is poetic, deeply emotional, and beautiful.” A lovely Pitchfork review, coincidentally written by another old pal of mine, also really nails it. Check out this pull quote: “Beyond its emotional dexterity, the sound of Souvenirs is astoundingly well-rounded, as Davis’ wise-beyond-her-years lyrics mesh seamlessly with lush orchestral instrumentation and a strikingly high-pitched, classically-trained voice that lies somewhere between Joanna Newsom, Joni Mitchell, and some shivering lovelorn aria”. Awwww yeah. ACCURATE!

This record is DIGITAL-ONLY, so don’t wait for a hard copy, but run don’t walk to yr nearest link from your email (or check in with me for it if you work at a radio station and don’t have it) and grab that ish! (You could also start by checking out a gorgeous new video if yr so inclined.) Also she has now embarked on her massive national tour so stay tuned, and if you’d like to meet her while she’s passing by near you I bet we can make that happen! Tour dates below.




Plume Records

Seattle-based musician Shenandoah Davis is thrilled to announce her third full-length record, Souvenirs, out September 8th on Plume Records. Davis has spent the last decade releasing music and touring the globe, gaining acclaim from fans and fellow musicians for her unique, piano-driven orchestral pop. Recorded and produced in a Brooklyn apartment, Souvenirs finds Davis going back through past relationships and personal experiences, picking out “moments both significant and insignificant that had gotten stuck in my head for one reason or another,” she shares.

“And you know how to find Northern lights / and you know how to fight wildfires / and you know the Latin names for every tree / but you don’t know me,” Shenandoah Davis sings on the fourth track of her forthcoming third full-length record, Souvenirs. The song, “Gold Coast,” is one of the album’s many peaks in poetic, yet direct lyricism, showcasing Davis’ astounding ability to distill even the tiniest moment, to pinpoint even the smallest of feelings, and spin them into a dynamic narrative that instantly reels us in.

Shenandoah Davis grew up attached to the piano. Being homeschooled, she’d spend each day racing through her lessons so she’d have time to practice for as long as possible. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in opera performance, she packed up and moved to Seattle to pursue their music/arts scene. Davis has been based in Seattle for ten years now, but has spent nearly half of that time away from home, touring throughout North America and the globe both in support of her solo music as well as part of other bands. This extensive touring and DIY work ethic led Davis to write articles and publish zines, giving detailed advice to fellow musicians based on her own experiences recording and on the road, covering topics such as “The Art of Gratitude” and “Things That Will Probably Happen To You On Tour.” Her most recent full-length, 2011’s The Company We Keep (which peaked at #113 on CMJ’s Top 200), took her to New Zealand, Australia, and Portugal, and also led to coveted slots opening for The Lumineers, Laura Marling, Angel Olsen, and Martha Wainwright, to name a few.

Souvenirs is a breakup album, but not in the traditional sense. Recorded and produced by Sam Miller in his Brooklyn apartment, it delves into breakups both personal and professional, romantic and platonic, intimate and inanimate, shedding light upon seemingly inconsequential occurrences and illuminating their greater meanings and potential consequences in our lives. Its message is amplified by masterful vocals, driving piano, and sweeping orchestral arrangements, with horns and strings that were recorded at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, where Davis’ younger sister had been studying.

In reviewing these breakup moments and putting them into song, Davis realized she had created a new kind of souvenir collection, snapshots of time and emotion that had previously gotten lost along the way. In doing so, Davis has crafted a record that is both deeply personal and wildly relatable, leaving listeners with the room we so crave for self-application and reflection, while solidifying her voice as a powerful and prominent songwriter.

All upcoming tour dates listed below.

RIYL: Mitski, Laura Marling, Angel Olsen, Martha Wainwright, Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor

Start With: 2, 1, 5, 7                                FCC CLEAN

Shenandoah Davis Souvenirs by LouDaprilePhoto_HighRes-edit-6Photo credit: Lou Daprile


9/07 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412

9/08 – Seattle, WA @ Everyday Music

9/09 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412

9/10 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412

9/16 – Portland, OR @ Alberta St. Pub w/Ritchie Young

9/17 – Ashland, OR @ House Show

9/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Eye St. Co-op – facebook event

9/20 – Bolinas, CA @ Gospel Flat Farmstand

9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ House Show

9/22 – Oakland, CA @ House Show – facebook event

9/23 – Boulder Creek, CA @ Lille Aeske w/Nick Jaina – facebook event

9/24 – Santa Cruz, CA @ House Show

9/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ House Show

9/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ HM157 w/Eliza Rickman – facebook event

10/01 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Firecreek Coffee – facebook event

10/02 – Tucson, AZ @ House Show

10/03 – Las Cruces, NM @ Art Obscura

10/04 – Santa Fe, NM @ Zephyr

10/06 – Denver, CO @ Ubisububi

10/07 – Silver Plume, CO @ Bread Bar

10/08 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Wolverine Publick House

10/09 – Boulder, CO @ House Show

10/10 – Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar

10/11 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb

10/12 – Iowa City, Iowa @ Public Space One

10/13 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox

10/14 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache

10/15 – Chicago, IL @ Sofar Sounds House Show



Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!


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