Sunday, Sept 13 - 8pm
"Shawnee Kilgore is to music as velvet gloves are to diamond cutters,” wrote James Hardesty, owner of the Green Frog Acoustic Tavern in Bellingham, WA. “She holds all this beauty in her hand, raw and untouched, then she chips away until it gleams in the light, holding on with a soft gentleness that she has perfected."
2015 has been a busy year for Shawnee. Look up her name these days and you will likely find it linked closely to one of Hollywood's most prominent directors, Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers)—and for reasons that have nothing to do with his spring blockbuster movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The two are writing songs together.
In March 2014 Shawnee launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her upcoming fourth studio album, A Long and Precious Road, making her case via a tribute to Dylan's iconic Subterranean Homesick Blues (though feeling shy about doing it in an actual alley stuck to her office studio instead). Written among the cards was, “I'm learning how to ask for help.” It was this vulnerable and honest phrase that struck a chord for Whedon, who, loving her music and her voice, backed the project, taking the first step towards what would become the unlikeliest of creative partnerships. After a mere four months they released Big Giant Me, the first single from a six-song EP they plan to release in early 2016. “It was so clear that we were speaking the same language,” Joss said in an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed when the song was released in early August. “It's been a little bit magical.” A Long and Precious Road will be released August 18th, after the first single was released via music video last year. My Devil Says To Me (also known, perhaps more lovingly, as The Folk Star Song) encompasses what people love about her, and her music, the most: humility, honesty, truth and grace.