Monday, February 17, 2014

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray To Release New Album + Tour

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray are set to release their sophomore studio album Lean Into The Wind on March 25th via Seven Dead Arson Records.  Check out a sneak peak of one of the tracks, "Drifter's Compass", at the bottom of the post. You'll get caught up in Miss Shevaughn's voiceonce that happens, there's no turning back and why would you want to?

They’ll be hitting the road in support of the record in what is dubbed the “Honeymoon Tour” aptly named because Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray will be tying the knot on March 1st.  Congratulations!  There will be a stop in NY over in Brooklyn at The Grand Victory on April 11.  Doors are at 7PM and it will cost you $8.  See below for more details & dates.

Friday, April 11
Brooklyn, NY
245 Grand Street
Doors: 7PM
Tickets: $8

Lean Into the Wind, the second full-length album from hard touring rock band Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray is the product of a year plagued by the chaos of friends passing, illness, depression and self-doubt, but also one of adventure, travel, friendship and the kinds of life events that ultimately help us to cut through the noise. 

“We had a pretty emotional year, I don’t think you can assign one emotion to something as complex as a series of songs, emotion shouldn’t be a stylistic choice. Unless you’re sedated, no one exists like that. Sometimes you feel happy or angry or inadequate, this album captures every nuance of what we were feeling last year,” explains Yuma Wray. 
For the two songwriters settling, for the moment, in California seems to have had more than just a slight effect on their music. Many of the dreamy guitar and vocal textures harken back to the days of the Flying Burrito Brothers or the Byrds Sweetheart Of The Rodeo period. Lean Into The Wind is as twangy as it is fuzzy - striking a perfect balance between the jittery, noisy heyday of the late sixties and the more subdued, experimental sounds of the early seventies.  
The album opens with a nod to those sounds, and introduces the rich three-part vocal harmonies that are woven into the fabric of the album. “Drifter’s Compass” is a manifesto of sorts. “It’s a kind of defiant anthem for the underdogs and artists who create outside of the mainstream because they just simply must, “ says Miss Shevaughn.    
This record, that celebrates those who travel the outskirts and explores the push and pull between creativity and destruction, hope and despair, ends much as it started, with a statement of defiance, spirit and perseverance. Lean Into the Wind invites the adventurous to time travel with the band through the past, present and several imagined futures. Whispers and roars fill these songs - yet each tune, in it's own way, has a thin veneer of that California sunlight that streams golden just before the sun sets over the mountains.

Tour Dates

  • 3/6 - Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA
  • 3/7 - The Press Restaurant - Claremont, CA
  • 3/8 - TBA - Phoenix, AZ
  • 3/9 - The Lost Leaf - Phoenix, AZ
  • 3/11 - Cowgirl BBQ - Santa Fe, NM
  • 3/12 - Adobe Bar - Taos, NM
  • 3/14 - Bufalo Bob's Chalupa Wagon - Austin, TX
  • 3/15 - Cherrywood Coffee - Austin, TX
  • 3/21 - The Nick - Birmingham, AL
  • 3/23 - Hendershot's - Athens, GA
  • 3/24 - Eddie's Attic open mic - Decatur, GA
  • 3/25 - The Basement (new faces showcase) - Nashville, TN
  • 3/27 - Emerald Lounge - Asheville, NC
  • 3/28 - Slim's Downtown - Raleigh, NC
  • 3/29 - Common Market - Charlotte, NC
  • 4/2 - IOTA - Arlington, VA
  • 4/11 - Grand Victory - Brooklyn, NY
  • 4/12 - The Bus Stop Music Cafe - Pitman, NJ
  • 4/16 - Bossy Grrl's Pinup Joint - Columbus, OH
  • 4/17 - TBA - Dayton, OH
  • 4/18 - Southgate House - Newport, KY
  • 4/19 - TBA - Louisville, KY
  • 4/20 - Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
  • 4/22 - Acorn Theater - Three Oaks, MI
  • 4/24 - Woodruff's - Ypsilanti, MI
  • 4/26 - Kingman Island Folk & Bluegrass Festival - Washington DC
  • 4/30 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
  • 5/02 - Frank's Power Plant - Milwaukee, WI
  • 5/3 - Ritual Cafe - Des Moines, IA
  • 5/9 - The Pioneer Inn - Nederland, CO
  • 5/14 - Cowgirl BBQ - Santa Fe, NM
  • 5/19 - Pappy & Harriet's - Pioneertown, CA
  • 5/23 - Trillium Cafe - Hood River, OR