There is an elusive sweet spot at the crossroads where soul music, country, and rock’n’roll intersect, and the Austin, TX-based band Shurman hits that bulls-eye dead on. The band is gaining a reputation as a “must see live act” built on their sweat-drenched shows that pack a powerful punch of rock laced with Motown inspired melodies and just the right amount of twang. Underneath the energy and grit of the band’s performance lie songs that breathe the truths of unrequited love, every day life experiences, and emotions that are both familiar and haunting.
The foursome’s latest offering for Sustain/Universal Republic, Still Waiting for the Sunset, is a smoking 12-song tour de force that blends the best of heartland rock with an enthusiastic nod to the rebels and hell-raisers of Country music’s past. The record blasts off with a propulsive kick of barroom existentialism on “Is It True” and wraps up with the blistering twang and statement of musical purpose of “Three Chords.” In between one finds everything that a fan of real American music holds dear: songs about life and death, love lost and found, noble and shady characters, and places both familiar and otherwise that speak from the heart with sincerity and conviction. Music that is so intoxicating and potent that it can lift a weary soul as well as drown the deepest of sorrows. In short, it’s the best elements of what rock’n’roll and country used to be, driven by the impassioned vocals of singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Aaron Beavers.
Co-produced by Beavers and Danny White, Still Waiting for the Sunset was tracked at Nashville’s 16 Ton Studios and Austin’s Premium Recording. Joining the band on the sessions are such Americana luminaries as steel guitar legend Al Perkins (known for his work with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Gram Parsons and a host of others), Grammy-winning artist Robert Reynolds of The Mavericks, rising Memphis soul singing sensation Susan Marshall on background vocals, and former Wilco/Uncle Tupelo drummer Ken Coomer on percussion.
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