Good Southern Girl

Good Southern Girl

by Amanda Shaw


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At only 19 years of age, New Orleans singer/fiddler/songwriter Amanda Shaw is already on her fourth album with Good Southern Girl, which might go some way toward explaining how an artist so young seems to have already developed such a deep sense of musical history. Produced by Trina Shoemaker, who is best known for her work with Sheryl Crow, the album glides seamlessly through a number of rootsy styles while still maintaining a touch of the Crescent City throughout. In addition to her precocious fiddling skills, Shaw shows herself to be an accomplished composer, alternating between her own tunes and material from a broad spectrum of other sources. The self-penned title track kicks things off with a feel-good vibe and lyrics full of local color, as Shaw sings of "magnolia nights" and heading "towards the parish line." She dips into the Lynyrd Skynyrd catalog for "Mississippi Kid," giving the blues-rocking stomp a particularly swampy touch. Zydeco king Clifton Chenier gets a nod as Shaw tackles his "Johnny Can't Dance," with her fiddle standing in for the accordion. She lends a Southern rock feel to the funk-rock-Cajun blend of "Git Fiddler," a nugget from Jefferson Starship's Papa John Creach era, and digs deep into New Orleans soil with the traditional Cajun instrumental "Blues de la Frontier." Shaw even gets Celtic for a moment, on "The Meek Maids Reel." The only real misstep on Good Southern Girl is appropriately shunted to the album's final slot, as Shaw delivers a semi-rap over the contemporary R&B groove of the ill-fitting "Yes Yes Girl." Beyond that, growing up in public seems to be suiting Shaw just fine.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2010
Label: Mri Associated
UPC: 0709587081821
catalogNumber: 70818
Rank: 237118

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amanda Shaw   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals,Pizzicato
Trina Shoemaker   Percussion,Background Vocals
Ronald Markham   Bass,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Shannon McNally   Background Vocals
Mike Barras   Drums
Tim Robertson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Warren   Background Vocals
Ronnie Falgout   Bass
Christian Grizzard   Bass

Technical Credits

Clifton Chenier   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Papa John Creach   Composer
Dennis McGee   Composer
Barry Flast   Composer
Kevin Moore   Composer
John Parker   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
John Fohl   Arranger
Trina Shoemaker   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Loop
Roy Alfred   Composer
Irvin Mayfield   Liner Notes
Ingrid Lucia   Composer
Ronald Markham   Executive Producer
Mark Adam Miller   Composer
Michael Serino   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Shannon McNally   Composer
Norah Jones   Composer
Robert Burns   Composer
Amanda Shaw   Composer
Jim McCormick   Composer
Tim Robertson   Arranger
Ben Lorio   Recording Assistant
S. Gordon   Composer
Louis Michot   Composer
Kyle Lamy   Recording Assistant
Chris Funney   Engineer
Richard Juhan   Composer
J. Kevin Poorman   Executive Producer
David Bartlett   Management
Kristina Gabik   Art Direction
Kourtney Gabik   Art Direction

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