Shannon Stephens

Shannon Stephens

by Shannon Stephens



Shannon Stephens, a former bandmate and longtime friend of Sufjan Stevens, released her solo debut in 2000 before dropping out of the limelight to raise a family. One decade later, her career is back in full swing thanks to Sufjan's own record label, Asthmatic Kitty, which released Stephens' second album ten years old, but its sparse, soft-spoken folk music isn't exactly time specific, and it works just as well in 2010 as it would've at the turn of the millennium. Stephens decorates her songs lightly, inviting a few friends into the studio to play their instruments -- piano, guitar, and brushed percussion chief among them -- but usually taking a solo approach to the material, the majority of which seems to shine a spotlight on her lyrics. Like many coffeehouse-styled songwriters, she draws upon a hit-or-miss love life for inspiration -- but she does so with a unique, poetic touch, finding metaphors in unlikely places ("You'll tire out soon enough, for I am a fruitless tree/All leaves, all leaves") and gravitating toward words that her contemporaries would struggle to use in a sentence ("girded," "penumbra"). She result is part Lilith Fair folk and part collegiate confessionalism.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2010
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
UPC: 0656605605623
catalogNumber: 56056

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shannon Stephens   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Paul Mumaw   Drums
Kenny Hutson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jason Harrod   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Sufjan Stevens   Drums
James McAlister   Percussion,Drums
Jason Brouwer   Drums
Matthew Haseltine   Guitar
Roman Bolks   Banjo,Guitar
Chris Carr   Upright Bass
Phillip Peteson   Cello,Upright Bass
Jason Hammond   Drums
Jamie Kempkers   Cello
Heather Stephens   Background Vocals
Derek Walvoord   Viola

Technical Credits

John Erskine   Engineer
T.W. Walsh   Engineer
Sufjan Stevens   Remixing,Re-arranged
Shannon Stephens   Composer,Engineer
Matthew Haseltine   Engineer
Gala Bent   Illustrations

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