Joan Shelley’s Silvery Jeff-Tweedy-Produced Folk Album Should Be On Your Radar

Louisville, Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Joan Shelley is a veteran folk artist who creates songs that soothe and, at the same time, stir your emotions. Next week, Shelley will release her fourth full-length album, Joan Shelley, via No Quarter Records. Today, the new album — produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy — is streaming over at NPR and you should really give it a listen.

Shelley’s singular, spare voice and songwriting shines with Tweedy’s bare-bones production of the new album. While Shelley has consistently created essential folk music throughout her career, this album seems to be a statement of truth and self for her. Appropriately self-titled, Shelley declares with this record that she knows who she is and has mastered her one-of-a-kind sound.

Shelley already released two singles off of the warm self-titled record, “Wild Indifference,” and “Where I’ll Find You,” which you can listen to below.

Here is a full list of dates for Joan Shelley’s upcoming US tour in support of the new record. Get tickets here.

06/01 — Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee
06/02 — Minneapolis, MN @ Bryant Lake Bowl
06/03 — Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
06/04 — Ceda, IA @ CSPH Hall
06/06 — Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
06/07 — Kansas City, MO @ Knucklehead’s
06/08 — St. Louis, MO @ The Stage at KDHX
06/09 — Paducah, KY @ Maiden Alley Cinema
06/10 — Louisville, KY @ Headliners
06/11 — Nasville, TN @ The Basement
06/13 — Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
06/14 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom
06/15 — Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
06/16 — Freehold, NJ @ Concerts in the Studio
06/17 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/18 — Northampton, MA @ The Parlor Room
06/20 — Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle

Joan Shelley is out 5/5 via No Quarter. Pre-order it here.