Some musicians just can't stand still. On Nov. 17, Shane Cooley will release a new album, “When It Rains, It Pours.” The disc was recorded in Phoenix, Arizona, and was produced by Adam Smith.
Instead of launching a new tour to support that disc, Cooley is choosing a different path. The 25-year-old William and Mary graduate has decided to put his solo career on ice and launch a duo with North Carolina singer Rosa Wallace.
The Cooley-Wallace duo is expected to record a debut album in early 2013 with Cooley’s long-time producer Stewart Myers.
The two songwriters decided to form a duo during their second East Coast tour together, according to a news release. “We faced a lot of adversity on that tour, including our van being broken into,” said Cooley, “but we came out of it with strong musical ties and a strong friendship, which was just as important to me.”
Plans for the duo -- including a name -- are still being forged. In the meantime, Cooley will be playing locally to draw attention to "When It Rains, It Pours."
He's scheduled to be a guest on Paul Shugrue's "Out of the Box" on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and he'll perform 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Beyond Bena Store Songwriter Series, held at Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main St. in Gloucester.
The performance is described as his last official show as a solo artist. Tickets are $15 for adults ($7.50 for college students, free for children under 12, half price for children 13-18).
Here's the full news release:
Virginia-based singer/songwriter Shane Cooley has announced a hiatus from his solo career of over a decade. He will continue making music in a newly-formed duo with North Carolina singer/songwriter Rosa Wallace. “I am extremely grateful for the support I have had for so long in my solo career,” said Cooley, “but now is the time to move on to something new and refreshing. I am extremely excited to work with Rosa and give this 110%.” Still undecided on an official name, the two artists made the decision to throw in together during their second East Coast tour as a co-bill. “We faced a lot of adversity on that tour, including our van being broken into,” said Cooley, “but we came out of it with strong musical ties and a strong friendship, which was just as important to me.”
Shane Cooley is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, and tours The United States and Europe. The 25-year-old folk rock songwriter has received 1st Runner Up for “Best Male Artist” in the International Acoustic Music Awards, was the winner of “Best Male Unsigned Artist” for Will’s Room Live International Awards, and was a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. His many releases have received airplay worldwide. Notable performances, to name a few, include festivals and venues such as SXSW in Austin, TX, CBGB Fest in New York, NY, Orange Peel in Frankfurt, Germany, several Hard Rock Cafés, and The National in Richmond.
Cooley will be releasing his final solo album, (for now, at least) on November 17. The new album, titled “When It Rains, It Pours,” was recorded in Phoenix, Arizona and produced by Adam Smith in his home studio. The sessions were first meant only to be demos to post as a thank you for fans online, but the tracks turned out far better than Cooley’s expectations. “This project is completely different for me,” Cooley said, “It’s the first time I’ve gone into the studio without any pressure to make a commercial record. I think this album is raw and authentic….very much an art record.” “When It Rains, It Pours” will be streamed in full-length on http://www.soundcloud.com/shanecooley , and will be for sale at http://www.shanecooley.bandcamp.com.
The album release will be in conjunction with Cooley’s performance for the Beyond Bena Store Songwriter Series, which will be held at Gloucester Arts on Main, located at 6580-B Main St in Gloucester, VA on Saturday, November 17 at 7pm. Along with the album release, the performance is scheduled to be his last official show as a solo artist. Tickets are $15 for adults ($7.50 for college students w/IDs, free for children under 12, half price for children 13-18). More on the Bena series can be found at http://almostsquare.net/benamusic/. Limited edition physical CDs of “When It Rains, It Pours,” will also be available at the show.
The Cooley/Wallace duo is expected to record their debut album in early 2013 with Cooley’s long-time producer Stewart Myers (Jason Mraz/Lifehouse). “This project will definitely be very energetic and up-beat,” said Cooley. More information on Shane Cooley can be found at http://www.facebook.com/shanecooleymusic.****************