Love & Desperation: CD
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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.”

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The Town Where I Live: CD
  • The Town Where I Live: CD

The Town Where I Live: CD

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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

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Sweet Bernardine
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a must, not only for anyone seeking a sublime set of songs, but for those whose notion of Americana has to ring of the real thing. – Lee Zimmerman, No Depression

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Shelter Valley Blues
  • Shelter Valley Blues

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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

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Sawbones
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"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

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The Buffalo Show
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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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Trouble and Me
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Rick Shea and Brantley Kearns team up in a mostly acoustic setting.

One of them small gems of an album…Shea and Kearns have plenty of elbow room to show their musical chops, which they do in spades. Dan Ferguson/3rd Coast

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