Shovenish credits visiting poet Garrett Hongo as his primary early influence in his passion toward writing. At the University of California, Irvine in 1982, as a teenager, Shovenish learns the power of the written and spoken word under Hongo's tutelage. It would be another twenty years before they meet again in San Francisco at Hongo's invitation. Through his encouragement, Shovenish publishes his first book in November of 2002 (Pala ~ Taste of a Liquid Poem ISBN: 0-9718674-0-2). Unfortunately, during 2003 promotion Shovenish quietly disappears due to family and work struggles. Book sales are a meager few hundred. . .
Just as surprisingly, Shovenish re-emerges in 2007, not as poet or author, but rather as founder, guitarist and lead singer of the modern rock outfit, feedBach based in San Jose. This is an effort in primal noise, minimalism and simple lyricism. During an early 2009 radio interview at a San Jose State college radio station promoting a show, Shovenish makes the claim that his band's form of rock n roll is "Mongrel Rock". Shovenish emphasizes simple chord progressions and typical rock subject matter such as love, aggression, humor, alcohol, women and redemption in no particular order. After completing an EP with feedBach in 2010 Shovenish once again has layed low after being the victim of a Hit-n-Run after a performance at the Whisky A Go-Go in April of 2011. He is currently recovering from life threatening injuries and working towards playing out again. Shovenish takes on a diverse and eclectic direction in his solo work that he calls 'Native Blues' which borrows from a post minimalist, totalist aesthetic with the raw energy of raw rock. Songs that exemplify this variety are Silhouette, Celibate Memories, Mabel (1991 Demo), Fuzzy Blues & Last Call - more personal sparse and experimental offerings. Shovenish offers a comment of hope hidden beneath fear, desperation and acceptance. 'My struggle has lost its voice, has left me artistically mute. Patience has its purpose so, again, I wait.' - Shovenish