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"I've worked in radio since 1963, and over the years I've learned to recognize talent. I heard Shane Cooley at a coffeehouse, outside in the Austin summer. There was something in his sound that made me want to listen. The more I did, the better I liked him. He's also got the drive that I think, combined with his singing, playing, and songwriting talents, makes him someone to pay attention to."
~John Aielli, host of "Eklektikos," KUTX NPR radio, Austin, TX
Sometimes the destination is only the beginning of the journey. Shane Cooley's new album, 'Kings Highway,' marks the 27 year old singer/songwriter's arrival to musical self-actualization, and promises great things on the horizon.
His first full-length release in over two years, and his seventh official release since he began touring in 2008, 'Kings Highway' is a complete soundscape produced and engineered by Bob Rupe (Sparklehorse/Cracker/The Silos) at his studio in Richmond, VA. Cooley and Rupe played most of the instruments themselves, with help from Johnny Hott (drums), Bob Wlos (pedal steel), Hayley Rupe (background vocals), and Trevor Nealon (keys). Finishing touches were added by Austin's PJ Herrington (Asleep at the Wheel), who also produced the second to last song on the album.
Shane Cooley began writing, recording and performing his original music at age 13 in a rural part of Virginia known as the Northern Neck. He always knew he wanted to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter, and after graduating with an English degree from the The College of William and Mary in 2010, Shane took to the road, booking his own tours throughout the U.S. and a European tour in 2012. His previous work has been recognized by songwriting contests such as the International Acoustic Music Awards and Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. His songs have also been placed in television commercials and shows such as NBC's, "The Mysteries of Laura", and IBC's, "The Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman". Shane has been an extra in trailers for best-selling American writer, Lori Foster, as well as Cirrus Logic, Texas.Gov and Absolut.
After seeing him at an unofficial SXSW showcase in 2013, a friend invited Shane to spend a month in his spare room in Austin, TX, where he ended up writing most of the songs on 'Kings Highway.' He then returned home to Virginia to record the album. The main focus of the album for Shane was to create a sound unique to his own, taking his folky songwriting and wrapping it in ear-catching arrangements. "I liked working with Bob (Rupe), because instead of avoiding weird, we were looking for it," said Shane. "I wanted to color outside of the lines this time."
Shortly after most of the album was tracked, Shane made his way back to Austin to focus on building a presence in the Live Music Capital of the World. Shane spent the following year making a name for himself in the Austin scene, playing at some the top venues in town, both solo and with his new band, Shane Cooley & the Lucky Kings.
With plans in the works to tour behind 'Kings Highway' this year, the road ahead is looking bright for Shane Cooley.