Billy Shaddox effortlessly crafts a majestic blend of soul-stirring Americana and dreamy pop harmonies. The Colorado transplant truly transforms with his forthcoming album I Melt, I Howl, to be released on June 16.
“This album was born in a time of change for me,” explains the singer-songwriter. “It’s about being excited about moving forward…or being unsettled where you are.”
Shaddox has embarked on a musical journey that’s led to two independently recorded releases and performances on the same stages with rock and folk legends. For the first time, though, Shaddox trusted his vision with an outsider, enlisting producer-extraordinaire Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, David Wax Museum) to record at the Great North Sound Society studio in Maine. “I’m a big fan of his work,” says Shaddox. “And it was great having somebody else’s ideas and vision at work. It made me really open to change.”
As a result, I Melt, I Howl captures a wide-range of influences that transcend Shaddox’s folk roots, from the pop sensibility.
“I don’t think of myself as a folk musician, as I’m sometimes labeled,” he says. “My dad was in a bluegrass band, and he was a big influence on me, but I was really steeped in the sounds of country and rock. … For me, it’s really about honoring the styles of the past, but taking it a new level and making them my own.”
We’re excited to premiere a new tune off Shaddox’s upcoming album called “Telescope”. The artist shared his own thoughts on the origins of the song:
“This song is for the escapist. The protagonist is frustrated with the routine, the grind, the life they have carved out for themselves, and seeks relief in the form of a drastic getaway with the person they love. In this particular story, they set their sights on the volcanic lands of central Oregon. The charm of the high desert and Cascade Mountains calls them in. Enter the antagonist, the volcano. The reality of settling at the base of a giant with such disastrous potential hits home when the lovers recall the fate of those in the past that have met their demise in the currents of the magma that engulfs all in its path.”
Give a listen to “Telescope”…
I Melt, I Howl comes out June 16th. For more music and info check out Billy’s WEBSITE!
Shaddox will be hitting the road to tour in support of his latest artist showing. Shaddox’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below, with more to be announced.
Billy Shaddox Tour Dates: