Brittany Shane’s fifth album, “Loud Nights On A Short String” on Painted Lady Records was recently released in Austin, TX. The album was recorded in 11 days during the extra-hot Summer of 2011 at The Finishing School in Austin, Texas. George Reiff (Court Yard Hounds) played bass, Scrappy Jud Newcomb (Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan & The Bump Band) played guitar, Dony Wynn (Robert Palmer) played drums, and Johnny Goudie (Skyrocket) played keyboards. George and Scrappy also co-produced the album.
Brittany grew up in the small town of Baraboo, Wisconsin, discovered her love for performing dance at the tender age of two and a half, and started making music while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brittany’s first two albums were released in Madison under her maiden name, Safranek. Once Brittany felt that she had reached as far as she could go with her music in Madison (released two CDs, “Out of the Everywhere” and “Moravian Star”, voted Best Live Female Singer/Songwriter in 2000 by Maximum Ink), she decided to move to California, “where rock ‘n roll dreams come true”. Brittany sold one of her guitars for a one-way ticket and an opportunity that landed her in San Francisco. She got her start performing in the Fillmore Lounge in 2001 in San Francisco, playing along acts such as Aimee Mann, Chris Isaak, Travis, Liz Phair and many more. In 2003, after a few years in San Francisco, Brittany (now Shane) released her third album, “Decked Out”, which was voted Top 20 Local CDs by Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle Music Critic.
For the next few years, Brittany found success in music placements in both film, TV:
The Village Barbershop (2008) the villagebarbershop.com
After Happily Ever After (2011) www.afterhappilyeverafter.net
Bad Girls Club – Oxygen Channel (2007)
Bad Girls Club 2 – Oxygen Channel (2008)
Living Lohan – E! Channel (2008)
National Hyundai TV Commercial (2008)
Parking Wars – A&E Channel (2009)
After Happily Ever After – PBS (2013)
Daytripper – PBS (2013)
Rizolli & Isles (2014)
Main Public Broadcasting-Bangor, ME
WRRW-Viginia Beach, VA
After releasing “Have Heart Live Young” in 2009, Brittany opened for Heart, Foreigner and Peter Frampton at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. “Have Heart Live Young” was produced by Zack Smith (founder of the 80’s band Scandal) and also features grammy-nominated mix engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Shins, White Stripes). Brittany went on her first big tour playing 80 dates across the U.S. from December 2009 through the end of the Summer of 2010. During the Summer tour, her single “Only Sunday” From “Have Heart Live Young” charted on AAA radio. While Brittany was on her U.S. tour (Read SF Chronicle lead music story HERE), she saw so many cities, but thought Austin, Texas was the best. It reminded her of Madison, Wisconsin; It felt like home. She moved to Austin in the Summer of 2010.
Brittany took a short break after the long tour and decided to go out and see as much music as she could in Austin. She soon met Dony Wynn playing a show. He was nice enough to ask her to play a few songs for him. They went to a show at the Continental Club and saw Scrappy Jud Newcomb on stage. Brittany was looking for a guitar player. Her friend turned to her and said said, “That’s your guy”. A wise move. The rest turned into Scrappy playing a few gigs with her and then making an album in the Summer with help from his good friend, George Reiff.
KOOP Radio and KEYE-TV in Austin have both been promoting Brittany’s new album since the release. Please see the “Shows” page to find out where she’s playing live next!
And you can watch Brittany’s recent appearance on KEYE-TV Austin on the “Live Appearance” page.