Shane Cooley isn't concerned about the voices in his head. For half of his 29 years, they have given him answers in the form of song. He has officially released seven albums and EPs, and currently has over fifty songs that have not been recorded..and counting. His sound, a majestic blend of mainly folk, rock and blues, has a seasoned uniqueness. His tell-tale voice and emotionally driven live performances can give you goosebumps, both solo and with his band. The poetry in his lyrics, however, are what give him his high caliber.
His seventh and latest release, Kings Highway, was produced by Bob Rupe (Sparklehorse,Cracker), and received critical acclaim from Austin Chronicle writer Jim Caligiuri, hailing him as a "substantial songsmith." The album also received airplay from radio stations in the U.S. and Europe, including NPR station KUTX in Austin. His work has been recognized by songwriting contests such as the International Acoustic Music Awards and Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. His songs have also been placed on television shows including NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura," and IBC's "The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman." He also composed the music for the Amazon/Onion Creek Productions' book preview for "Tough Love," by New York Times Bestseller Lori Foster.
Shane wrote his first song when he was ten years old, in a rural part of Virginia known as the Northern Neck. He played his first show at age thirteen. After graduating with an English degree from the The College of William and Mary in 2010, he took to the road, booking his own tours throughout the U.S. and a European tour in 2012. He has spent the past few years in Austin, TX, where he has been honing his skills and marinating his sound in one of the world's most active music scenes. Over the years, Shane's prolific songwriting has become an impressive catalog, and he has been known played four-hour shows of his own original music.
"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."
~ JM, Billboard Magazine, March 2017
"I love his voice. It makes you listen."
~ John Aielle, KUTX 98.9 FM and Austin legend, 'Live with John Aielle on KUTX' with Arron Brown
"The songs that guy is writing and playing now will cut you to the heart"
~ Arron Brown, UtopiaFest, 'Live with John Aielle on KUTX' with Arron Brown
"Through the wee hours, wooks and bullfrogs, drunks, drinks, and intoxicants. This Guy played like a trooper under the stars by the pond until the sun came up. The hero of the night, Shane Cooley."
~Sesret Steve, Team Goodtimes, from Shane's 4am solo set at Utopiafest
"The 28-year-old local's seventh album proves he's a substantial songsmith."
~Jim Caligiur, Austin Chronicle
"his best work yet"
~Rob Hedelt, The Free Lance-Star
"..rich in roots, Americana, a bit of rock and touches of pop..recommended."
~Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Austin
"..an absolute triumph."
~Mike Hotzclaw, The Daily Press, on Shane's new album, 'Kings Highway'
"I've worked in radio since 1963, and over the years I've learned to recognize talent. I heard Shane Cooley at a coffeehouse, outside in the Austin summer. There was something in his sound that made me want to listen. The more I did, the better I liked him. He's also got the drive that I think, combined with his singing, playing, and songwriting talents, makes him someone to pay attention to."
~John Aielli, Host of "Eklektikos
KUTX NPR Radio, Austin, TX
"Shane Cooley, the man with a smooth name and a sound to match, brought something special to the stage at Ebenezers Coffeehouse in Washington D.C. Singer, songwriter, and veritable one-man band, Cooley wears many hats."
~Michael Cohen, Magazine 33
"Shane Cooley is a man who has visions. This EP is a crystal ball: "San Diego, you've still got something to say." "California, can't you be just a little bit kinder." And check out these lines 21st Century: My heart isn't broken, it's frozen/In a century where I don't belong/Where spirited men are broken in/To a world that looks safe, but it's not." Damn. Prepare to gaze deeply into the crystal ball known as West Land. Nothing moves Shane Cooley like writing a song."
~Sammy, New Music Ten Blog
"With his harmonica blowing, feet stomping and guitar shredding, Shane Cooley lit the night up and gave the audience all that we could ask for - short of setting his guitar on fire. I was blown away by his epic performance. His standing on a chair with the crowd rocking and his fist held high embodied, for me, the spirit of folk music."
~Michael Cohen, Magazine 33
"As Cooley explains most of your favorite artists are not born of natural talent. It takes drive, dedication and precision to develop the clarity in the voice pitch and sharpness in the tone. Clearly his heartfelt drive and his passionate love for music have nourished Cooley into the accomplished and talented young musician he is today."
~Jay Espy, Yahoo Associated Content
"In a world full of dog eat dog ladder climbing, Shane Cooley is a bright and positive influence. He's been writing songs since he was 13 years old and has applied much study as to what works and what is real in his life and ultimately, his music."
~John Pfeiffer, Aquarian Magazine, Shoreworld
"The busy student-musician also found time to perform at the 2010 South By Southwest Music and Film Interactive (SXSW), a well-known music festival held annually in Austin, Texas. He earned his spot there through the USA Songwriting Contest. Cooley explained that performing at SXSW was "a blast," and that he met a lot of musicians and got to spend time with some of his favorite bands."
~Hayley Soohoo, W&M Alumni Magazine
"West Land showcases Shane Cooley's dedication to the art of the song as much as it reflects his life on the road in America."
~Danny McCloskey, Alternate Root Magazine
"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." - JM, Billboard Magazine
"I love his voice. It makes you listen." - John Aielle, KUTX legend
"The songs that guy is writing and playing now will cut you to the heart" - Arron Brown, UtopiaFest
Quotes taken from 'Live with John Aielle on KUTX' with AAron Brown. Talking about the 2016 UtopiaFest.
"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
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