RF Shannon releasing ‘Trickster Blues’ (stream “Cold Spell”)
Austin band RF Shannon is fronted by Shane Renfro (who also plays in Jess Williamson's band), and they come recommended by Kevin Morby. They also sound a bit like Kevin Morby -- Shane has a similar Dylanesque drawl, and they make psych-ish folk rock that's not too far removed from Morby's own material. They're releasing a new album, Trickster Blues, on May 4 via Cosmic Dreamer (pre-order), and we're premiering the album's first single, "Cold Spell." Here's what Shane tells us about that song:
It was cold outside, that wet-to-the bones Austin, TX cold. I was huddled around a space heater just playing that walk-up riff over and over. I was feeling elated and terrified. I had just told someone I loved them that had been my friend for many years, and she said she loved me back. Without saying too much, the situation was complicated. We both knew we were on the cusp of something life-changing, but we both felt a lot of guilt and grief over it and wanted to handle the situation properly by letting it unfold naturally. So we just stepped out of each other's lives briefly to figure our own hearts out. When it comes down to it, the song is about feeling like a cold person for interjecting into someone else's fate, but also feeling like, maybe I am part of this person's fate and this is how it's supposed to be.