Shane Cooley News
AUSTIN MUSIC MINUTE 2017
It makes you listen.
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.
-KUTX 98.9 FM website
January 10, 2017
AUSTIN MUSIC MINUTE 2015
Shane and The Lucky Kings were featured again on KUTX the "Austin Music Minute".
November 23, 2015
LONE STAR MAGAZINE REVIEW
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.
LONE STAR MUSIC MAGAZINE & KOKE FM “Dillo Mixer” at Threadgill’s
3/17/17: Shane Cooley & the Midnight Girls (5:10 – 5:40 p.m.)
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
March 15, 2017
Shane has enjoyed success at Utopiafest since 2015, when he first attended. His presence has grown as well as his fondness for this unique music festival.
Shane was back on the lineup on the main stage with his band, The Midnight Girls.
September 30 - Shane performed on the main stage at Utopiafest VIII, a unique and awesome three-day camping festival in the Texas hill country. Recently, Arron Brown recorded a live video with John Aielli at KUTX 98.9 and during the conversation about UtopiaFest, John brought up Shane's name. John Aielli is a legend in Austin and this was an honor! Shane's song, Texas Sunrise was also played lived off his CD!
Check out the video, learn more about UtopiaFest and hear them talk about Shane. It's a long video and UtopiaFest starts at the 10 minute point and Shane's mention starts at about the 14:10 mark and Texas Sunrise is played at about the 19 minute mark. Click on the Live with John Aielle on KUTX link and click on the video from September 21st.
On September 12th, Shane participated in the benefit HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) held at the Austin Airport. HAAM Benefit Day brings all of Austin together each year to sing praise for keeping our musicians alive and well. Austin businesses and music venues host over 200 performances from local musicians all over the city and donate a portion of their daily sales to support HAAM.
September 12, 2017
BRENHAM BANNER PRESS SPOTLIGHT
New Music Spotlight on Brenham Banner Press! This month we're featuring Shane Cooley and the Midnight Girls. Click the image to view the video on Facebook.
Texas Troubadours: Shane Cooley and the Midnight Girls
By Chris Wimmer , Oct 30, 2017
Many thanks to Chris Wimmer of Brenham Banner-Press for this article and video!
Shane was selected by Shout Radio as one of the 12 Unsigned Artists of the Month hosted by Will Millen.
February 24, 2016
Shane and band member, Christian drove to Kerrville, TX to talk about songwriting to students at Schreiner University.
Pictured with singer/author Susie Nelson (Heart-Worn Memories: A Daughter's Personal Biography of Willie Nelson) and Dr. Kathleen Hudson (Telling Stories, Writing Songs).
Many thanks to the Texas Heritage Music
December 2, 2015
USA TODAY ARTICLE
Article in USA Today on Lori Foster's book, "Tough Love." Lori mentions that Shane composed the music for the trailer.
COMPOSED MUSIC FOR TOUGH LOVE TRAILER
Shane was recently asked to compose the music for the book trailer for bestselling author, Lori Foster's new novel, "Tough Love". Shane sings the song on the trailer. The trailer is filmed by Onion Creek Productions.
THE ICEMAN PLAYS 'DON'T CARE'
"5 Questions with Shane Cooley" by Alli Marshall
Mountain Xpress: When you're a musician, is it weird to turn 27? Does the number seem meaningful at all?
Shane Cooley: Well, by the time I get back from this tour I will be 28, so fingers crossed! My 27th year has definitely been a milestone.
ROB HEDELT ARTICLE SERIES
AUSTIN-BASED SINGER SAYS ‘I’M A SURVIVOR’
Seventeen years in, musician from Northern Neck seeking success through songwriting
BY ROB HEDELT THE FREE LANCE-STAR Jan 13, 2018
IN DECADES of column writing, I’ve done a handful of pieces about people brave enough to take chances and follow their dreams, despite the difficulties that presents. None of them have been more dedicated than Shane Cooley, a Northern Neck singer, musician and songwriter who started performing years before he could drive.
I’m glad to report that Cooley is still at it, these days thriving in what he calls the amazingly music-friendly city of Austin, Texas. He hasn’t hit the big time yet, though he’s done tours of the East Coast, West Coast, Europe and many places in between. He’s had tough times, eaten his share of instant noodles and slept on many a couch.
Like many musicians, the artist whose genre is best described as Americana has performed and toured in bands, been a solo act and just about everything in between. He favors shoulder-length locks, a well-worn acoustic guitar, funky hats and the chance to perform his own music, and he’s been known to play concerts that stretch out to as long as four hours.
Along the way, this musician who hit the road in 2008 has gotten his share of solid reviews, with the Austin Chronicle calling him “a substantial songsmith.”
A piece in Billboard Magazine put it this way: “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.”
When I caught up with him recently before a show at a restaurant and night spot in White Stone—in the rural Lancaster County he was born in—Cooley said turning 30 has caused him to take stock of where he’s been and wants to go. “For a while, I sort of got lost in the touring and self-promoting, days when you spend more time working out shows and schedules than anything else,” said the William & Mary graduate who majored in English. “When you do that, it’s easy to get too far from the music.”
His self-evaluation in the past year has steered the musician who performs often in Austin and at the South By Southwest festival back to the basics.
And for this artist, that means getting back to songwriting. “I like to perform and play with a band, as I’m doing right now with a group called Shane Cooley and the Midnight Girls,” he said, “but what I love most, and what I’m best at, is writing songs.”
Not that it’s always or even often an easy or simple thing to do.
“Some days, what you need to do is try and just fail for hours, to get you to the point when you find the words or the idea that’s worth pursuing,” he said. Cooley notes that deep down, he’s a storyteller who likes to find the right words to set to music to convey a thought, an emotion or simply a scene that has meaning.
He jokes that one of his resolutions for this year of 2018—when he’s trying to put together a catalogue of songs—is simple: “Quit writing songs about girls who’ve broken my heart. The guys in the band say it won’t last.”
The musician with seven albums to his credit and a series of bands in his résumé has a few different things in the works right now. One is an album called “Quiet Storm” that’s an introspective and largely acoustic group of songs that feature Cooley on vocals and guitar.
He’s got a few other projects that include more electric and manipulated sounds, one of which was recorded at an island off the coast of Belize.
Cooley said he’s had to work his share of odd jobs and acting gigs to help put food on the table, but that this year he’s hoping that focusing on songwriting might be the investment that pays best.
As for what the future holds, Cooley said he’s just glad to be in Austin, a city where musicians support each other, and to be writing songs. “I’ve learned one thing so far: I’m a survivor,” he said. “All I can do is work hard and hope to write that one song that can lead to more.”
THE MYSTERIES OR LAURA TELEVISION SHOW
It was great news to learn that Shane's song, "Last Love" was played in the show 'The Mysteries of Laura'! It was Episode 112 which aired in January. Look for reruns!
ROB HEDELT ARTICLE SERIES
AUSTIN MUSIC MINUTE
BRENHAM BANNER PRESS
TOUGH LOVE TRAILER
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA