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Songs of the Desert River

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For his second studio album, singer/songwriter John Shannon offers "Songs of The Desert River," an 11-track collection that envelops the listener with its own sense of time and space. On songs such as "Darkness," "Hurricane" and "New Winter," Shannon and his band Wings Of Sound float weightlessly along an ethereal through-line of delicately fingerpicked acoustic guitar, lyrics of spirit and mysticism, ghost-like vocal harmonies, flourishes of flugel horn, bowed-bass and other subtle atmospheric sounds. He's drawn comparisons to the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Iron & Wine and John Martyn, but Shannon views himself as more a "song-seeker" than a part of contemporary tradition. Searching for his words and music in nature, he's embarked on vision quests in the wilderness to find songs "in the winds and sunrise." Shannon's "found" songs are the focal point of all-encompassing journey into a multi-dimensional psyche and wide-open heart. Songs Of The Desert River offers a path of aural transport that sustains long after the music has faded and ultimately beckons the listener back time and time again.


Dreamy peaceful reveries. -- Earvolution.com

John Shannon makes beautiful, minimalistic compositions based around the guitar and upright bass--to which he matches his delicate, wafty voice. It's the musical equivalent of staring out at a very still, very lovely lake. -- Time Out New York

Somewhere between John Martyn and Nick Drake... hypnotic and timeless... -- Le Monde

Songs as pure and unfiltered were only known long ago from American folk-heroes like Pete Seeger -- WOM

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  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • Language: : English
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 2.27 Ounces
  • Manufacturer : OBLF9
  • Original Release Date : 2011
  • Date First Available : May 21, 2008
  • Label : OBLF9
  • ASIN : B000LPR7E6
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

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