Shannon McNally (from the album Black Irish)
Shannon McNally credits an e-mail connection with Rodney Crowell while Shannon was off the musical grid helping out an ailing family member. Shannon recalls that “I had no vim or vigor for a few years. We started this really wonderful thing of just lobbing song titles back and forth’. The results of the conversations isBlack Irish, the recent release from Shannon McNally. Rodney Crowell produced the album, penning the album opener, “You Made Me Feel for You”, which equally serves as an audio remembrance of the collaboration’s beginnings. Black Irish adds in a few tracks from other artists amid other tunes from her producer as well as co-writes from Shannon. Cuts from Stevie Wonder (“I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It”), J.J Cale (“Low Rider”), Muddy Waters (“The Stuff You Gotta Watch”), and Robbie Robertson (“It Makes No Difference”) along with “Black-Haired Boy” from Susanna and Guy Clark are reworked by Shannon McNally.
Black Irish struts out on guitar chords for “Roll Away the Stone”, and quietly strums an acoustic guitar to ask “Isn’t That Love” as Shannon McNally offers a personal history of her time in the music business as well as a tale familiar to all working women with “Banshee Moan”.
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