Summer in the Park presents Shelley King
This week’s Summer in the Park will feature the first female Texas State Musician, Shelley King. Selected for the honor (of Texas State Musician) in 2008, King is among renowned musical names like Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver.
King’s music is a blend of roots and soul and she tours the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan.
Her latest release is her fifth album, “Welcome Home,” collaborating with members of The Subdudes John Magnie, Tim Cook and Steve Amedee. “Welcome Home” echos traditional swamp jazz blues and adds moody soul and country rock blues with various instrumental stylings peppered throughout. The Austin Chronicle has described her songs as a “proverbial trunk full of instant hits and yet-unheard classics.”
King first started singing at the age of four in a little church in her home state of Arkansas. She has been songwriting since her teens and found herself trying her musical strengths in Austin. After falling in love with the music of the Subdudes in 1993, she eventually befriended the group while running into them on tour and playing shows together. King went to Magnie’s home in Fort Collins, Colo. with the intention of demoing a few songs.
“We were in the studio for three days and came out with five songs, and had just an amazing time together,” King said, according to her website. “I wasn’t trying to do a record. But when I started listening to it all afterwards, I thought, wow, this is really special, and I’d really love to do it again.”
King and her soulful music will be at San Marcos Plaza Park tonight at 7:30 p.m. for a bluesy foot-tapping good time.
More information about King and her music can be found at shelleyking.com or reverbnation.com/shelleyking.
• Compiled by Candice Brusuelas