What the Critics Say....
"There's an element of vintage in the showcase but not retro, not antiquated, but freshly conceived."
“A glorious American Songbook… A brilliant, deeply American writing…powerful and suggestive.”
“An accomplished and seasoned artist.”
“In the tradition of heartland storytellers like James McMurtry and John Mellencamp comes another authentic voice.”
"A consummate artist & entertainer, Shad's songs shine throughout."
“Each song tells a story, and the outcome is a very beautiful, haunting sound that reminds this reviewer of work from the Band and Charlie Sexton.”
“Unfair to describe this work in terms of another - it's that personal, that complete, and that well done. Shad has an expressive voice that bends around the emotions of a song while oral textures change from the grey foreboding of a sky about to snow to the ruddy light of a neighborhood bar.”
“As loamy as 10 yards of Midwestern topsoil and as complex as a nest of small-town relationships ... Unexpectedly literate & moving”
“A rare class inhabits the man's songwriting that's not often encountered today.”
“An eye for detail and gift for absorbing narrative.”