Irresistible Shelly Fairchild: A Fusion of Country, Blues, and Rock in a Boat Concert Thoughts+Photos: Shelly Fairchild on New Nashville Riverboat Roadshow on Lady Bird Lake during SXSW 3/15/23
“… Back upstairs, Shelly Fairchild took the mic and hot damn the lady hustles. She came hard with a sound forged at the intersection of country and high velocity retro rock and blues. A sound that explains why musicians so often don’t really care about how we might want to categorize or describe them because they care more about getting off. And she got off. Irresistible. She could be in Nashville, Detroit, LA, doesn’t matter. She’ll make a body move and quite possibly put a few people in that baby making mood that great music is so wont to do.
It was about mid-set when a shirtless bro in a cowboy hat, feet planted on a stand up paddle board, oared past his way past. He glanced up at us on the boat. A few of us glanced down at him on the water. Two ships passing in the afternoon, on a lake, that’s really a reservoir, on a river, in the middle of Texas.
The rapid fire but steady pace and seamless transition from one great artist upstairs to another great artist downstairs, it forced reflection on the amount of pure talent huddled up in Nashville and Austin and dozens of other pockets across and around the nation. So many scenes. Communities of artists. So much human talent. So much shared inquiry into beauty, sadness, joy, and pain. And yet we still find so many ways to not listen to each other. Weird…”