Fremont Abbey Arts Center Fremont
Tues June 19, 8 pm 21+
Recommended by Kathy Fennessy
Throughout her 2017 self-titled album, Louisville singer-songwriter Joan Shelley's supple alto dominates the proceedings as comprehensively as Vashti Bunyan and Linda Thompson on their intimate recordings—but with an Appalachian accent. Producer Jeff Tweedy, who plays guitar and bass, wisely builds everything around Shelley’s warm, expressive voice and clear-sighted lyrics. Skill and sensitivity combine in perfect measure to understated yet arresting effect (Shelley adds dobro and baritone ukulele to the mix). Some of that success is surely due to her chemistry with longtime collaborators Nathan Salsburg and James Elkington, supportive players with patient, intuitive styles of their own.