Red Shahan is a hands-on, take charge kind of guy in regards to his music career. He’s as do-it-yourself as they come in a scene known for its stubborn sense of independence and self-sufficiency. There is no false pretense in this guy – on or off stage – and never in his music. What you see is what you get. What you get is a gritty West Texan songsmith who weaves his sincerity and life experiences into the words and melodies of his songs.
Shahan’s debut album, Men & Coyotes, was released independently (literally hand delivered for the most part) and a little under the radar in October of 2015. It sparked a buzz among some of the industry’s most staunch critics and eventually caught the attention of the Americana world. It’s been touted as “a record that heralds the official arrival of a major new talent.”
Red and the other two founding band members (Matthew Smith on drums, Parker Morrow on bass) spent most of 2016 on tour supporting Men & Coyotes, assembling their support team and gearing up for a new album. The sophomore album was just recorded this February and is due to be released later in 2017.