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Austin 360 – August 9, 2018, Peter Blackstock

Brittany Shane, self-titled EP. The Wisconsin native’s engaging vocals stand out on this six-song set of Americana-leaning pop and rock tunes that feature backing from prominent locals including guitarist Brad Rice, drummer Brian Ferguson and backing singer Noelle Hampton. Release show Aug. 12 at Central Market Westgate.

Maximum Ink – August 4, 2018

Supported by an able-bodied posse of seasoned players, steady, centered Baraboo native and Austin transplant Brittany Shane keeps a level-head, if just this side of a second wind, on her crackling new mini-album. A pleasant collection upon first listen and a rewarding restorative after many more, Brittany’s brave-face grace and double-down directness connects the half-dozen tracks into a rich song-cycle orbiting love’s push and pull. A singer-songwriter, dancer and Mom; all parts of Shane’s personality come together in this self-titled work with poise, discipline and affection apparent in every line. A beacon projecting calm resolve and soft-spoken strength, Shane’s patience reins in the crashing guitars, restless rhythms and runaway twang to make her sixth album a testament to taming wild hearts and reaping life’s rewards.

Baraboo native releases 6th album

Baraboo News Republic – August 1, 2018, Ben Bromley

As far as Brittany Shane is concerned, No. 6 is No. 1.

The musician who graduated from Baraboo High School in 1995 as Brittany Safranek has released her sixth album, self-titled using her stage name. She said it’s her best work yet. “It really captures me, my band and how I sound live,” Shane said.

“Brittany Shane” is available on iTunes, at amazon.com and at her own website, brittanyshane.com. She’s holding a release party Aug. 12 in her home of Austin, Texas. “The hard part is getting it into the hands of everyone,” Shane said.

The album has been in the works for five years, interrupted by the arrival of her son, Oliver. She wrote half the songs before his birth, the other half after. They address themes of love, loss and moving on with a rock ’n’ roll sound.

The Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail once said Shane “mixes the lilt of Stevie Nicks with the power of Sheryl Crow.” Shane got her start performing at the Memorial Union while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She released her first two albums in Madison before selling one of her guitars for a one-way ticket to California. She started performing there, alongside such acts as Chris Isaak and Liz Phair, in 2001. By 2009 she was opening for Heart, Foreigner and Peter Frampton and playing an 80-city U.S. tour.

She found Austin was her favorite stop, as it reminded her of Madison. Shane visited Texas and decided to stay. Today she performs live every couple weeks, which means bearing 110-degree heat.“You have to be tough if you want to play music in Austin,” she said.
Shane’s songs have been used in several television shows, including a tune she wrote about her father Clem’s morning visits to the Alpine Café in Baraboo, which was featured on “Rizzoli & Isles” in 2014. Several of her songs provided much of the score of the independent film “The Village Barbershop” in 2010.

Away from the microphone, she spends her time caring for her 2-year-old son, who inspired her new hobby, writing children’s books. She said the rhyming, rhythmic wording of children’s books reminded her of writing songs. So she’s giving it a try. “It’s kind of an easy transition,” she said.

She and her husband strive to make annual visits to Baraboo. Her family played a key role in creating the album’s artwork, with her brother Dustin Safranek snapping photographs and her uncle Mike Grunder handling graphic design.

“I feel like it’s my best album yet,” she said.

Move On

 

Breaking hearts is just what you do
A dime for every man who sings the blues
Well honey I’ve got wealthy news

You were raised on promises
Treat a girl just like she is
Well, somehow they got to you too

You have been on my mind too
But what I’m seeing is nothing new

Oh It’s you that I choose I want
But if you are confused
Just move on

Someone saw you leaning in
Dusty eyes under the brim
A handsome walk and talk with sin

Thought I’d dream of all we’d been
All two days still lingering
Well honey, whatcha gonna do?

You have been on my mind too
But what I’m seeing is nothing new

Oh It’s you that I choose I want
But if you are confused just move on

All these nights I’ve been wondering
What I could’ve done wrong
Well maybe it’s you
Maybe you’re not so strong

Cause it’s you that I choose I want
And if you are confused
Just move on

Cause it’s you that I choose I want
But if you are confused
Just move on

Don’t Wanna

 

Driving in the car listen on the radio
Something in my heart just cannot let you go
With all my love and all these thoughts of thee
Slippin’ into your land of poetry

If you’re leaving I’ll let you go
As this dark room turns to cold
My heart is open when you return
And when it’s broken it’s what you learn

I don’t wanna let you go
I don’t wanna let you know (you hurt me)

Watching as time pours into the rain
You’re comforting me with that voice again
If I could tell you everything I know
Would you follow me or let me wash ashore?

If you’re leaving I’ll let you go
As this dark room turns to cold
My heart is open when you return
And when it’s broken it’s what you learn

I don’t wanna let you go
I don’t wanna let you know (you hurt me)

I don’t wanna let you go
I don’t wanna let you know (you hurt me)
I don’t wanna let you go
I don’t wanna let you know (you hurt me)
Oh, I don’t wanna let you go
I don’t wanna let you know

Come Around

 

While the sun beats down
I find myself hanging around
Your beat up porch
Stretched out wanting more

Can you help me out?
Maybe come around for awhile?
Cause I feel no good
Being all alone

Come round, Come around
Being near you is better than being down
Come round, Come around
Seeing you makes it all good somehow

Heard you took off down the coast
A friend said you might be back for one more
Long cool night
One much like tonite

Well, can I help you out?
I’d bring it to you this time
Cause I’m sure running low
On you tonite

Come round, Come around
Being near you is better than being down
Come round, Come around
Seeing you makes it all good somehow

Will you be around?
Will you be around?
When you come around
Will I be around?

Come round, Come around
Being near you is better than being down
Come round, Come around
Seeing you makes it all good somehow

The Line

 

My toe is creeping across that line when you ask me if i’m in or not
Heard your words a thousand times they spin around fly up and drop

If it’s easy to pick up and go
Why do I drag my feet on the floor
I look to you for sympathy and time
But there’s not

The clock has struck the 11th hour and I’m just throwing out my fate
If it lands on it’s side I’ll be yours for the take

But no objects land on the floor
And my fortune says soon be told
I look to you for sympathy and time
But there’s not

Leaves falling down
Please one say call on me
Leaves falling down and down

If it’s easy to pick up and go
Why do I drag my feet on the floor
I look to you for sympathy and time
But there’s not

My toe is creeping across that line when you ask me if i’m in or not
I’ve heard your words a thousand times they spin around fly up and drop

If it’s easy to pick up and go
Why do I drag my feet on the floor
I look to you for sympathy and time
But there’s not

One For The Road

 

You’ve got it all figured out as I pull you in
Make your own misery
Don’t know where it begins

I’ve got my own set of ways
I’ll show myself out
Slowly fade out our days
You’ll always have some doubt

Another one for the road
Is what you’ve just been told
The spark you just can’t see
Is burning inside me

Watching you in the light
seeing all your pain
All I wanna do
Is take it all away

Make you into a new
Lovely man
Who can see what I see
And truly love again

Another one for the road
Is what you’ve just been told
The spark you just can’t see
Is burning inside me

Another one for the road
Is what you’ve just been told
The spark you just can’t see
Is burning inside me

It must first burn in thee…

All You Need

 

Let’s get on to the show here
He takes the lead, takes the lead
I’m not getting cold here, it fills a need, fills a need

I’m right you’re wrong
I’ve got a drink so strong
And I’m not a rose here
I’m not getting old here
Cause you’re with me
You’re with me

I’m all you need
I’m all you need
I’m all you need

Brushing past you close here
Like a breeze, like a breeze
Opening your mind dear
With what could be, What could be

A lie so strong
Why did we wait so long
I’m not letting go here
Whisper what you most fear
Take or leave, take or leave

I’m all you need
I’m all you need
I’m all you need

I’m all you need
I’m all you need
I’m all you need