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A self-taught musician/singer/songwriter originally from Lake Havasu City, Arizona-- Hunt performs with an array of instruments including the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo and bass. He broke into performing by taking up a resident position as the weekly artist at various coffee shops, often playing 3-hour sets every week for a year (frequently playing different material for each performance). Based on this rigorous schedule, Hunt established himself as one of Havasu's premiere performers before relocating to Phoenix in 2004. He has released three albums of solo material to date: 2000's Silhouette Room, 2001's Transcendence and 2010’s Another Awkward Silence Between Friends.
“Shane was the first guy to bring a guitar to Sir James' and play music - up until then, it was only poetry reading. So it's safe to say that Shane was a pioneer performer for the LHC music scene. When we first started bringing a P.A. system to the patio, it was Shane who principally broke the ice and brought original music to the table.”
– Lowell Smith: The Lake Havasu Musician’s Network
Interested in expanding his musical horizons, Hunt has been involved in various side projects with friends and local musicians, playing shows aiding Would-Be Savior, Lauren Z, Sydney Sprague, the Dorsets, Delcoa, Joey Arroyo, Kate Ball, Carrie Lynn and After the Break over his last 7 years in the valley.
During his tenure as a Phoenix-based performer Hunt has also shared the stage with various national acts and local favorites, including Authority Zero, Michelle Branch, Obadiah Parker, Kaiser Cartel, Curtis Peoples, Keaton Simons, Tony Lucca, Joe Firstman, Lovers in Arms, Sacha Sacket, Nick Tiliacos, Tiff Jimber, Micah Beverly, Ten Dollar Outfit, Brian Blush, Mojave, The Dorsets, Thousand Yard Stare, Matthew Reveles, Leaf, Haven James, The Joey Arroyo Band, Sarah Vanell, February State and others.
Shane is currently promoting the follow up to he and Sydney Sprague's immensely popular acoustic EP, Do You Hear Me?, with their first full-band EP, Paper Crane. Recorded at Wavelab Studios in Tucson, AZ, with Grammy Nominated producer Craig Schumacher (Iron&Wine, Calexico, Neko Case) in 2010, the record features infectiously energetic songwriting that is distinctly self-assured yet incredibly vulnerable… a dichotomy profoundly explored in Sprague’s songs of love and loss; triumph and tragedy; the bitter and the sweet.
Hunt is also performing shows in support of his first solo release in ten years, an acoustic EP containing songs spanning the last decades' worth of his material recorded with producer Otto D'Agnolo (Soulfly, Alice Cooper, Waylon Jennings, DMX, Kenny Rogers). Entitled Another Awkward Silence Between Friends, the EP was created as a means of showcasing Hunt's individual songwriting efforts. Spanning from the sadly saccharine pop-tune "Serendipity Doo-Dah," to the gritty and declamatory "Spin," Hunt's material probes personal heartbreak with a surgeon's precision. Displaying a wide array of styles, moods and influences, the album is littered with hooks that you're sure to snag your ear on.