Culberson County

Culberson County

by Red Shahan


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Red Shahan made an impressive debut in 2015 with the dusty, spare Men & Coyotes, but that record seems like a mere dry run for his 2018 sequel, Culberson County. As wide and expansive as a Texas horizon, Culberson County is simultaneously tougher and spacier than its predecessor, finding Shahan cranking up amplifiers so the guitars grind and echo. Whether he's laying down a bit of old-fashioned boogie -- as he does on the album's opener, "Waterbill" -- or picking out a ballad so the notes careen around in the sky, the flinty yet sumptuous production provides an ideal soundscape for Shahan's songs. He's got a way with turns of phrases that are plainspoken but clever, a skill that enlivens his tales of West Texas. Close listening reveals his sharp song construction, but Culberson County is a pure pleasure as sheer music. Shahan and his band -- led by guitarist Elijah Ford, who doubles as a producer -- not only can rock and chill out, they have a knack for soul ("Idle Hands"), barrooom shuffles ("Roses"), and blues ("6 Feet"), and sound convincing when they're stirring up the ghosts of '90s alt-rock to give their music an extra dose of spookiness. All of this combined turns Culberson County into an impressive -- and addictive -- statement of purpose from Red Shahan.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2018
Label: 7013 Records
UPC: 0752830512825
catalogNumber: 502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Shahan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Kim Smith   Background Vocals
Bonnie Bishop   Background Vocals
Daniel Sproul   Guitar
Charlie Shafter   Background Vocals
Parker Morrow   Bass,Background Vocals
Elijah Ford   Keyboards
Matthew Smith   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brent Cobb   Composer
Aaron Raitiere   Composer
Elijah Ford   Producer
Scott Slusher   Cover Photo
Grant Jackson Wilborn   Engineer
Red Shahan   Composer
Morgan Avary   Artwork

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