Press for American Odyssey
“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.”
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 this record.
“American Odyssey is an outsider’s love letter to the United States.”
The Daily Country
“Eleven songs – one for every thousand miles of road – take the listener on a remarkable journey that is one man’s American Odyssey.”
Pure M Magazine
“American Odyssey is a sonic postcard: 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. This is Anglo Americana travelogue that hits the spot.”
“It’s like listening to a musical roadmap and at each stop there’s a good song with something to say.”
Press for Songs From the Last Chance Saloon
“Songs From the Last Chance Saloon demonstrates some serious talent from a man who, despite some career highlights that include writing a song for R.E.M. and having another selected as Amnesty International as their International Anthem of Peace, is not particularly well known.
it’s very much a man of certain age looking back – sometimes with regret, sometimes not – over the arc of his life; an arc with which many will identify. Paradise South Ealing is wonderfully evocative and the self-explanatory Champagne Taste on a Lemonade Pay is a rueful rollicker that will surely strike a chord with many. On the more serious side, the likes of Crying for 15 Years and Heart and the High Moral Ground are deep and insightful, while Shevlin’s acoustic-cum-country-blues stripped back-style suits his material perfectly.”
Rock and Reel Magazine
“This is an uplifting album because it is based on an honest reflection of the twists and turns of life and therefore becomes relevant to us all.
The album mixes superb blues and country vibes, ranging from slow and mellow to fast and up-beat songs. The experience of Shevlin comes through on every song. Influences such as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Neil Young and Steve Earl, really come through, especially Dylan on I Wish You Well with its one vocal and one guitar making it the perfect acoustic track. With its stripped-down and back-to-basics production – this is a brilliant album from start to finish.”
“His music brings to mind some of the great storytellers like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Randy Newman.
This album is chock full of great work and worthy of being in your music catalog.
Middle Tennessee Music
While we still have our fake folk/acoustic acts masquerading around, there are still proper folk/acoustic acts to be discovered and admired, and Tony James Shevlin is one of these. Having written songs for R.E.M and The Troggs along, with having Elvis Costello’s Attractions as his backing band, Tony has come forward and created a stripped down album full of honest songs.
Songs from the last Chance Saloon takes the very basics of what makes good album and compiles them together. It may not be fancy and have flashing lights surrounding it, but it cannot be denied that at its core, this is a very good album.
The storytelling in each song is a key factor that makes this album appreciable. Strong vocals aligned with simplistic yet effective melodies provide a perfect bed for thought-provoking lyrics, delivered with just a slight hint of pain behind them. Songs like Nobody and Champagne Taste on Lemonade Pay could easily be linked to Dylan and possibly Lennon, as the songs rock from side to side and don’t drop the pace. These songs mix well with Shevlin’s slower adventures, as they show versatility and genuinely make a nice change.
The bluesy ‘Cut Me ( I’ll bleed like any man)’ is the album’s showcase song on, with impressive piano work which once again provides an ideal setting for his painful vocals to linger on.
The song seems to stem from an honest place with a lot of truth, which comes from the reliability of the song.
This is an honest album which opens up and lays these songs out in front of you, and with them being delivered so well, they’re hard not to like.
Words for Music