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"Shanna Underwood's rich deep voice is wonderfully appealing as she sings the nine songs that make up "Fieldnotes from a Caravan". Acknowledging the similarity to her own peripatetic life makes these sound like leaves that have dropped from her private diary, documenting as they do the flickering and conflicting emotions as loves are joyfully taken up and later released with muted regret." - Americana UK.com
Let me tell you a story. We'll get so far east, we'll be headed west again. Original, Americana music written while traveling in the Southern and Midwest US, Mexico, Korea, Mongolia, China, and Nepal.
Intelligent, worldly songs, with powerful melodies and thoughtful lyrics. But really, they are all about the same thing. Where do find love and a sense of home?
The Wanderlost band, a rotating cast of great musicians, is almost finished recording my third and fourth records. The third is a small collection of songs that cello player, Devon Colella and I love to play together. Some original, some covers. Songs that we've connected on creatively and wanted to share. The fourth being a full band record of my original tunes, plus a little tasty treat written by one of our favorite influences. The idea behind Wanderlost is having a great group of people who know the songs, and change them depending on the venue, the vibe, and how big the band is for the circumstances. It's a constant journey of learning, growing, and creating – wandering.
The 2011 release Fieldnotes from a Caravan is a combination of years of songs written on the road, and recorded in Nashville with some great neighborhood buddies. I wrote my first song in my classroom in Kanchanburi, Thailand. I started singing for expats on the beaches of Thailand, and from then on made a commitment to combining my love of the world and travel with singing for people. Powerful Bonnie Raitt style vocals partnered with a little twang thrown in inspired by Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch forms of crafting songs and telling stories.
After Thailand, I moved back to my home state of Maine where I started a band and toured for two years. I think we wrote some good songs, but we were also crude, drunk, and delusional about how good we were. So we moved to Nashville.
I was the only one that stayed.
I have a wandering heart and a meandering mind. I can't stop traveling, but can't stop singing either. Rich, intelligent folksy songs written with three minor chords and the truth and an ever-growing and changing perspective. To appease both aspects, I started combining work as a field technician in archaeology with playing music. Field work changes towns every couple of weeks to months, and I book gigs in every country and town I work in.
For now, I'm sticking around New England. The music scene out of Portland, ME is extremely diverse, rich, and we get to play several nights a week. Something that is unheard of most places I've lived.
Here's to the music. And to meeting you wandering on the road.