Right out of the gate as a college student in Wisconsin, Brittany Shane was grabbing rave reviews left and right, including “Best Female Vocalist” honors from Maximum Ink Magazine and Wisconsin State Journal. After two well received albums released under her maiden name (Safranek), the Americana singer-songwriter pawned a guitar to make the move to San Francisco and quickly became a staple at the Fillmore while sharing the stage with the likes of Aimee Mann, Chris Isaak, Travis, Heart, Peter Frampton and Liz Phair. After another album which would land on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 20 List for the year, Shane found success beyond the stage, her songs receiving placements in film, television and commercials, including Hyundai, Oxygen, PBS, A&E and more.
Having fallen in love with Austin while on tour, Shane’s next move brought her to the Lone Star state where she discovered legendary guitar virtuoso Scrappy Jud Newcomb (Ian McLagan, Stephen Bruton, John Dee Graham) at the Continental Club. The two joined forces on Shane’s 5th studio album, Loud Nights on a Short String. Since then, Shane has become a mother and launched My Music Day, a program that teaches preschool age children music skills. And yet she still found time to release 2018’s self titled album, which was recorded at Resonate (Nada Surf, The New Pornographers) in Austin and mastered by Alex Lyon at The Bubble (Gary Clark Jr, The Dandy Warhols, Jet). The album was co-produced by longtime friend Jeff Byrd (Spoon, Explosions in the Sky, Iron and Wine) and Shane herself and featured an impressive studio ensemble, including Brad Rice on lead guitar (Son Volt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Keith Urban) and Michael Tarabay on bass (Pat Green, Chris Cage, Bodeans).
While her past albums have mainly dealt with the themes of love, loss and strength, Shane’s sixth full length features a new major inspiration- her young son Oliver. “Where’s The Moon?” simmers with honeyed visions of childhood innocence and “Texas Boy” is a smile-inducing lullaby, brimming with love for a child and an adopted home state. Shane’s sweet and clear melodies shine throughout a collection of songs that begs to be heard through headphones. The common thread is love, something that she wants to share not just through her songs, but by donating proceeds from her latest release to The Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance, an Austin-based grassroots non-profit which gives grants directly to low income women who need treatment. Having suffered from anxiety and depression during and after her pregnancy, Shane wants other mothers to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s a light she and her music flourish in today.