Shane Cooley Music
"The story goes like this – KUTX Eklektikos host John Aielli himself admitted he fell in love with the music of Shane Cooley one summer when he heard his music at a local coffee shop. Aielli was captivated. “I’ve worked in radio since 1963, and over the years I’ve learned to recognize talent,” he said recently. “There was something in his sound that made me want to listen…” There’s proof positive to this testimonial with Cooley’s release of Kings Highway, an album rich in roots, Americana, a bit of rock and eclectic touches of pop."
~Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Austin Music Minute
Shane's band, The Midnight Girls
ROAD TRIP PHOTOS
WILD WEST TOUR
Shane with his band, The Midnight Girls.
SHANE'S REVIEW IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
2017 is a milestone year for SXSW in a different sense: After a decade of competitive corporate-sponsored expansion, the Austin festival is finally scaling back a touch this year. And that's hardly a bad thing: SXSW was originally about spotlighting up-and-coming talent, so cutting back on secret concerts from A-listers and showcases sponsored by brand-name products could help SXSW regain some of its cool cache.
7:33 p.m. -- Singer-songwriter Shane Cooley's
Americana-influenced songs are right out of the
Head and the Heart's playbook, which means --
like that Pacific Northwest band -- he's one hit
away from radio stardom. On the back porch of
the Rainey Street venue Icenhauers, he proved
he may in fact have that song in him, playing
through tunes from his most recent release, King's Highway, with a hungry confidence that may prove his hip-shaking ways will soon be making their way to bigger stages. -- JM
Shane Cooley & the Midnight Girls on the lineup for UTOPiAfest in September 2017!
LONE STAR MUSIC MAGAZINE
The Lone Star Music and KOKE FM “Dillo Mixer” at Threadgill’s (301 West Riverside Drive).
3/17/17: Shane Cooley & the Midnight Girls (5:10 – 5:40 p.m.)
Originally from rural Virginia, singer-songwriter Shane Cooley has made quite an impression on the Live Music Capital of the World since moving to Austin a few short years ago. No less an authority on the local scene than John Aielle, host of KUTX’s “Eklektikos,” has been one of his biggest fans ever since he first heard Cooley in a coffee shop, enthusing “I love his voice. It makes you listen.” There’s been no shortage of additional rave reviews since then, especially since the release of Cooley’s seventh album, 2015’s exquisite Kings Highway. The Austin Chronicle deemed him “a substantial songsmith,” which is if anything an understatement, and he’s no slouch of an invigorating live performer, to boot — especially armed with a full band.
AUSTIN MUSIC MINUTE
It’s one of those defining moments in radio – more specifically, Austin radio, when a broadcasting legend declares love for your voice and follows that with, “It makes you listen.” KUTX’s very own John Aielli said this about Austin-based songwriter Shane Cooley. You’ll hear that unique cadence working its magic on the folk/rock/pop story-weaving of Kings Highway.Cooley has recently been putting the final touches on a new acoustic album, Quiet Storms, set for release this year. Some of it was recorded on a three mile island just off the coast of Belize, and includes tracks accumulated from more than ten years’ worth of songwriting.
Check out Shane Cooley & The Midnight Girls at their show tonight at Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. It’s a big bill that features Acoustic Kids, the debut performance of StarMind Ceremony, Steel Betty, Billy Broome and The Caldwells.
-From KUTX 98.9 FM website
Listen to Shane's Austin Music Minute
Ongoing - Shane has a residency at Dozen Street from 6-8 pm.
UPCOMING ALBUM - Quiet Storm coming soon!
Not wanting to get pidgeon-holed into a genre, Shane's music is best described as folk rock with a lot of heart.
His current album, the 2015 "Kings Highway", is a complete soundscape produced and engineered by Bob Rupe (Sparklehorse/Cracker/The Silos) Silos) at his studio in Richmond, VA. Cooley and Rupe played most of the instruments themselves, with help from Johnny Hott (drums), Bob Wlos (pedal steel), Hayley Rupe (background vocals), and Trevor Nealon (keys). Finishing touches were added by Austin's PJ Herrington (Asleep at the Wheel), who also produced the second to last song on the album.
Shane Cooley's new album, 'Kings Highway,' hits all the right notes.
By Mike Holtzclaw, The Daily Press
"..an absolute triumph.'