“Portland singer-songwriter Shanna Underwood’s main weapon is her big, brassy, exceptionally expressive voice. She can veer from an intimate whisper to a bluesy drawl to a country holler to an outright wail, all within the space of one verse in a song.”
"Excellent songwriting and superb back up musicianship. You tell the stories of you life in your music, bittersweet and honest. It's music that empowers and doesn't make you feel cheated."
"I listened to some of your music and it's excellent; you have a wonderfully rich, bluesy sound that's at once evocative and hook-filled."
"This is a really amazing CD. If you're looking for some great new original Americana tunes, this is one of the best I've heard in a while."
"Just got my CD today in the mail. Thanks, Shanna. I loved it from the very first note."
"And I would be remiss if I did not tell you that since I received your latest album, it has received exclusive playtime in my truck...pushing aside the usual heavy metal/grunge/indie rock stuff....I have been listening to this for a couple of weeks now. It is a FANTASTIC record!!! FYI: It pairs nicely with Alaska back roads."
"This is a great CD. It has a permanent spot in my car CD player."
"Shanna Underwood sounded amazing as always at Elements tonight. If you haven't seen her perform, I feel bad for you."
“Shanna Underwood is a fabulous singer and exceptional songwriter. This record has a roots feel and includes a bus load of Portland talent that brings diverse deliveries to her insightful writing. It's the Gemini of CDs - multifaceted, clever, and always changing shape.”
"Bluesy, melancholy, yet delighfully refreshing and optimistic, this is music guaranteed to lift your spirits."
"Shanna has a new CD out under her name, with with the very talented Cellist, Devon Colella. I found the masterful blending of Shanna’s strong, soulful voice and Devon’s Cello truly inspired."
"More settled now, she has chosen a name for her band: Wanderlost. To fans and friends, she sent out a studio rough cut, complete with scratch tracks, talking, giving of directions, and all that good stuff for their entertainment."
"Her vocals are very rich and well blended with the instruments. The musicianship is excellent as well her song writing."
"....that was the first time we heard Shanna Underwood and man, did she blow our minds. Shanna’s vocals are full of soul and her heart is full of music."
"As each song you played engaged my ears I became disengaged from clockwise time, the passage of it became it's only meter and signature; the space between only anticipation of what you were going to play next."
“(Translated from Dutch) "Her music has the atmosphere of the better work of Townes Van Zandt. A good example of this quality is the track called 'Appalachia To The Himalayas' and it is found on her excellent CD 'Field Notes From A Caravan'. An interesting woman, this Shanna Underwood."”
"Shanna Underwood performs songs of travel told in a deep, bluesy voice inflected by real world experience"
"...wrapping fans up in her honest, powerful brand of country and folk."
" 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. # These are accompanied most effectively when just by guitar and haunting violin adorn the track, but as well as these rural American folk stylings there are also blues and a smattering of soft folk-country arrangements."
"Folk, Americiana, originals. Absolutely great music and lyrics."
"There is yearning in her voice as she sings her songs, an authentic sounding yearning that we need to hear more of. So, some day, take a moment to sit down and listen to Shanna Underwood’s music. Think back about your own travels, and where you want to be going. It will help put things in perspective."
“Regarding There Was a Town: "I think it's really relatable, certainly to anyone who has ever left anywhere... and the imagery creates a nostalgia for me, not for any place I've ever actually lived in or left, but for some archetypal American town. Not to mention the melody is so singable and beautiful :)"”
“(Translated from Dutch) "As for song style, you can house the sound of Shanna Underwood in the same category as for instance Bonnie Raitt (especially in the bluesy number "Dusty Books") or perhaps even yet more resembling work of 'Cowboy Junkies' and Gillian Welch. "”
"Venus Burns" - picked as one of the ten best indie songs on Women of Substance radio April 2010.
“www.hardcoremix.com: Dusty Books at 6,000 votes to date and Venus Burns at 5,500 votes to date”
"Grim and Gritty, unpolished acoustic music; think of a dark bar with the settled smoke lingering about eye-level and a bleary-eyed bartender just as drunk as you. Shanna Underwood with her smoky and sexy voice and lonely, world weary songs, possesses that unmistakable quality that made Bonnie Raitt's early records so singular. She's the woman with the better chops than the boys and with whom they're all in love."
"There was a Town is seriously one of my all-time favorite songs!"
"This is definitely one for purchase!!! I'll be doing a download! Highly recommend! What a beautiful voice Shanna!"
"Serving up songs that tell the tales from a life of travel, a lifetime of love and her gypsy lifestyle roots, you can hear Shanna’s passion for life in each song she sings."
"She partners powerful Bonnie Raitt style vocals with a little twang thrown in."
"Fieldnotes From a Caravan is a collection of songs that was written from Maine to Nashville, and from Thailand to Nepal."
“Shanna Underwood has released an amazing record. It sounds great and she lived every word. For fans of Gillian Welch and Cowboy Junkies.”
"Really great, contemplative music - the world needs more music like this!"
"Shanna Underwood’s new CD, “Fieldnotes From a Caravan”, includes nine songs that showcase her brassy, working-girl vocals and her original melodies. The full arrangements on these tracks include some excellent guitar work by Underwood herself, as well as some great contributions by a band of very talented friends from Nashville and Maine."