Shannon Shaw, of the quartet Shannon and the Clams, is releasing her first solo project: a music video for her first single "Broke My Own" off her debut album Shannon in Nashville due on June 8. The California singer is opening up her world for everyone to see in this solidified record. This album may be a solo LP, but Shaw emphasizes the teamwork put into making such a personal work of art. Working with some of her biggest inspirations like The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach along with a team of old-school musicians associated with Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin was challenging and crucial at the same time. "Songwriting with them was such a good exercise in self-esteem -- I had to remind myself I’m an artist, I’m a great songwriter, and I should be there," Shaw told Billboard.
Shannon in Nashville is cinematic, like something from a James Bond film, summertime-like, and '60s inspired, but Shaw offers a fresh new take. It's less punk than her work with Shannon and the Clams, or as she described it, more sophisticated. The album consists of 13 tracks -- six songs written by her while the remaining seven she co-wrote, all dealing with love and loss in some way.
The collection of songs showcases her vulnerability and self awareness as both an artist and person. For instance, "Broke My Own" is about wanting to break things off in a rebound relationship. "I was breaking my own heart by being a part of something that was destroying somebody. I feel like this is a metaphor for something that happens in so many books, cartoons, and movies growing up where there’s a little boy and a dog and for the greater good, the little boy has to make the dog go away," said Shaw. "The dog won’t go because he loves the little boy, so the little boy has to get mean in order to get the dog to actually leave." However, "Broke My Own" is still hopeful. Her favorite part of the song is the outro; she believes it's "like you're blasting off. You're going somewhere better."