It's been really inspiring to watch the continued rise of Joan Shelley since her 2015 breakthrough Over & Even. Everything she's put out since has been essential listening and her recently released seventh album keeps that record intact. For me, The Spur is Joan at her absolute best. Her songwriting has never been more compelling, and more than ever I love the diversity of expression she uses in her singing.
Recently I spent some time with Joan on the phone from the former tree farm she calls home near Louisville, Kentucky. Our chat is published on The Line of Best Fit today.