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Good Southern Girl

Amanda Shaw

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Album Review

At only 19 years of age, New Orleans singer/fiddler/songwriter Amanda Shaw is already on her fourth album with Good Southern Girl, which might go some way toward explaining how an artist so young seems to have already developed such a deep sense of musical history. Produced by Trina Shoemaker, who is best known for her work with Sheryl Crow, the album glides seamlessly through a number of rootsy styles while still maintaining a touch of the Crescent City throughout. In addition to her precocious fiddling skills, Shaw shows herself to be an accomplished composer, alternating between her own tunes and material from a broad spectrum of other sources. The self-penned title track kicks things off with a feel-good vibe and lyrics full of local color, as Shaw sings of "magnolia nights" and heading "towards the parish line." She dips into the Lynyrd Skynyrd catalog for "Mississippi Kid," giving the blues-rocking stomp a particularly swampy touch. Zydeco king Clifton Chenier gets a nod as Shaw tackles his "Johnny Can't Dance," with her fiddle standing in for the accordion. She lends a Southern rock feel to the funk-rock-Cajun blend of "Git Fiddler," a nugget from Jefferson Starship's Papa John Creach era, and digs deep into New Orleans soil with the traditional Cajun instrumental "Blues de la Frontier." Shaw even gets Celtic for a moment, on "The Meek Maids Reel." The only real misstep on Good Southern Girl is appropriately shunted to the album's final slot, as Shaw delivers a semi-rap over the contemporary R&B groove of the ill-fitting "Yes Yes Girl." Beyond that, growing up in public seems to be suiting Shaw just fine. ~ J. Allen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Amazing Southern Girl!

I love Amanda Shaw. She keeps getting better and better. I've been waiting for this album since April, I had high expectations after hearing a few of the new songs at one of her shows and I'm not disappointed! I love all of the songs, Johnny Can't Dance, Good Southern Girl, Cruise, Mississippi Kid, and her remake of One Night Stand has to be my favorites!!

My favorite singer & fiddler right now!

Luv Amanda shaw's awesome fiddling while seeing her in hurricane on the bayou (which everyone should see) & I saw her perform @ jazz fest in new Orleans in april! She's great luv ya 2 bits girl! Keep up the great work! Would luv 2 c u perform next times I'm in new Orleans! Has grownup in front of our eyes since hurricane on the bayou (the others r great in it 2 just downloaded some songs from it)

Fantastic

Saw her on a local morning show and had to buy her album after hearing snipits on iTunes. Very talented and my favorite track is Meek Maids Reel. Very good stuff - and I've never been big on cajun/zydeco, but this was great!

Biography

Born: August 2, 1990

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s

When New Orleans-based singer, songwriter, bandleader, and fiddle player Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys take the stage, it's an incongruous sight. Shaw turned 16 in 2007, but the boys in the band — drummer Mike Barras, guitarist Brint Anderson, and bassist Ronnie Falgout — are long-time vets. The youngest Cute Guy is 45, and they've been playing with Shaw since she was a ten-year-old prodigy. Shaw's a classically trained violinist who decided to play traditional Cajun dance music shortly...
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