"Shannon McNally is one of the more interesting singer songwriters to emerge in first decade of the 21st century." Stereophile
Shannon McNally in the crux of a prolific phase. In 2010 she released the highly acclaimed Coldwater, grounded in her love for J.J. Cale, classic rock and the juncture where blues, soul and country music meet, made all the more powerful by the keys of the late, great Jim Dickinson. Then McNally came forth in March 2011with Western Ballad, anchored by the title track written by Allen Ginsberg -- produced by avant-garde artist Mark Bingham at his famed New Orleans Piety Street studios. The record that McNally characterizes as “psychedelic Americana,” is as lauded as Coldwater, with All Music Guide proclaiming it “her masterpiece.” And, McNally has another album waiting in the wings that is produced by none other than the legend -- Dr. John.
She’s also stayed on the road consistently since she released her debut Jukebox Sparrows in 02, followed up by the Charlie Sexton-produced Geronimo 2005. The past couple of years she’s been touring with her newly-named band Smoke Signals, now featuring Will Sexton on bass and Wallace Lester on drums, with McNally leading on her own guitar. Recent show highlights include Jazz Fest, SXSW, Voodoo Festival to name a few – as well as tours with Derek Trucks, JJ Grey of MOFRO, James McMurty and the Cayamo Cruise.
She cut her teeth in Los Angeles in her early career where she immediately gravitated to session greats like Greg Leisz, Jim Keltner and James Gadsen. After leaving California for the better fit of New Orleans and being unceremoniously uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, she now lives in North Mississippi and has become an ingrained member of the musical community there. She was nominated for the Best Traditional Folk Grammy in 2010 for her participation on Luther Dickinson and the son’s of Mudboy, Jim Dickinson tribute record entitled ‘Onward And Upward’. Currently she is also a member of the band ‘The Wandering’ along with Amy Lavere, Valerie June, Sharde Thomas and Luther Dickinson.
Her masterpiece." All Music Guide
“She’s mysterious one minute, sweet the next – and utterly convincing either way.”
M – Music and Musician
“Such is the glorious complexity of native New Yorker McNally…. her dreamy and soulful meditation on roots music…perfection.”
“…Sensual, humid singing.”
“…Western Ballad shows McNally is capable of a range that knows no limits.”