Americana Highways Rick Shea, Love & Desperation. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Rick Shea, whose varied resume embraces work with Dave Alvin, Katy Moffatt, and Wanda Jackson, has a winner on his hands with his 12th album. Love & Desperation kicks off on a high note with Al Ferrier’s “Blues Stop Knockin’ at My Door,” an irresistible toe-tapper and the only number here that Shea didn’t write (or in a few cases, cowrite). Other standouts include the accordion-spiced “Big Rain Is Comin’ Mama,” the autobiographical title cut, and “The World’s Gone Crazy,” a bluesy number that the Southern California-based singer says came to him “after watching a particularly harrowing episode of The Rachel Maddow Show.”
Roots rocker Rick Shea has a brand new record out and it's another beauty. A mainstay of the Californian country, folk and honky tonk scene he's up there with the likes of Tom Russell and Dave Alvin a literate, melodic songsmith and a great guitarist. Chris Lee - UK Festival Promoter
Years from now writers will refer to this as “his career album.” In case I'm not around to do it, I'll just do it here. He's had a long and storied career and worked with music royalty in several genres, this feels like something The Band would have done early in their career.”
– Blll Lavery/Village Records
"Sawbones" - AIM 1999/ Rereleased as "Bound for Trouble" Tres Pescadores 2006 Shea is to interior California what Joe Ely is to West Texas, two pinches of old Mexico, a blast of exhaust from the boss man's Suburban and a baseline of working stiff desperation…and the best goddamn country voice since Merle hisself. **** Four stars! Jackson Griffith/Pulse Magazine
Released in 1994. "The Buffalo Show" - 1995 ML …expert playing and songwriting…first rate…exquisite… Mike Boehm/LA Times …a powerful musical personality…Shea's best songs rank with anybody's best… Jim Washburn/OCWeekly …of all the people combining classic honky-tonk with conjunto, Shea has the best voice, top ten pick… Joel Bernstein/Country Standard Time
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