Tony James Shevlin

Tony James Shevlin

The Story so Far…

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I thought I’d do a round-up of what press and radio have been saying about American Odyssey.

Up in Lancashire UK, BBC DJ Joe Wilson has played  Travelling Man twice on The Country Show saying: “You will be singing this for the rest of the week… It’s a great song.”

Closer to home in Norfolk, the BBC’s Keith Greentree said: “He makes good music doesn’t he?”

Carl Spaul at Folk Union in Chelmsford said: “There’s something about that type of country that I love… it takes me back to 1979 and Dave Edmunds, Elvis Costello et al.”

Russell Hill at Portsmouth Express FM has played Rambling Days and Tucumcari Sunset playing the latter song back to back with The Eagles’s Tequila Sunrise.

VENTS Magazine wrote: “The trials and tribulations of life on the road, are captured in a set of songs that draw on classic Country, gritty Rock n’ roll, swampy blues rock and 60’s powerpop in equal measure.”

Songwriting Magazine said: He’s been recommended for fans of Celtic-infused Americana, but we also think that those of you who enjoy Don Gibson and Marty Robbins (one of Shevlin’s influences) will enjoy Travelling Man

The Daily Country called American Odyssey “an outsider’s love letter to the United States.”

Pure M Magazine said “Eleven songs – one for every thousand miles of road – take the listener on a remarkable journey that is one man’s American Odyssey.”

Songwriter News‘s highlights were: “Eleven tracks of inspired creativity…a masterpiece that salutes Americana…. illuminates the talents of an awesome singer-songwriter… a touch of understated genius”

Americana UK called American Odyssey “a sonic postcard” adding:

“Santa Fe Sadness [is] a wonderful Tennessee type waltz while Ride The Mississippi is a very fine example of gusha gusha gumbo as cooked up years ago by Danny Adler. The album’s single, Travelling Man, is a breezy ride of a song lifted by its pedal steel and soaring refrain and there’s some Rockpile-like rambunctiousness on When Ginny Gets Her Wings while Mockingbird benefits from the female harmonies surrounding Shevlin’s voice over some fine guitars and mandolin.” They finished their review with ““Anglo Americana travelogue that hits the spot…”

The BBC‘s Stephen Foster wrote: “American Odyssey is as good a record as you’ll hear all year.”

RnR Magazine concluded “It’s like listening to a musical roadmap and at each stop there’s a good song with something to say.” And “Shevlin deserves to be much better known and this is definitely a trip worth taking.”

American Odyssey is available at:
https://itun.es/gb/u2_Clb or on CD at http://www.tonyjamesshevlin.com/shop/

You can read my interview with VENTS at:

I was also interviewed by East Anglian Daily Times editor Andrew Clarke. You can read the feature here: http://www.eadt.co.uk/what-s-on/tony-s-epic-road-trip-to-discover-america-s-musical-soul-1-5153781

And finally, the review in Songwriter News:

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