John Shipe Reunites With Renegade Saints On December 10th For Local Record Release Of Villain


“4 out of 5 stars.” –Maverick

John Shipe Local CD Release Show for Villain
The Dublin Pub
Friday, December 10th
6821 SW Beaverton Hillsdale HWY, Portland, OR
(503) 297-2889
Door time: 9:00 pm
Show time: 9:30 pm
Also on the bill: Mexican Gunfight

Portland, Ore. (November 8, 2010) — John Shipe, purveyor of character-centric folk with a poppy feel, will play The Dublin Bar on December 10th to celebrate the local release of his latest album, Villain. Joining him will be Mexican Gunfight, a band which features Shipe’s band mates from The Renegade Saints. Fans of the Renegade Saints can look forward to a reunion of sorts, as they all share the stage again.

This will be one of four shows in the area where Oregonian fans will be able to get their hands on Shipe’s latest album in advance of the national release on February 1, 2011. Eugene, Salem and Bend will also have dates.

Shipe’s live shows are intimate and engaging. He talks to the audience about the songs he’s playing, “Like a magician explaining the trick as he performs it,” he says. His songs are perfect for live performance, with their well-drawn characters and quirky humor. He has shared the bill with quite a few big names over the years, including Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, and Los Lobos just to name a few.

John Shipe’s latest album, Villain, should come with a dramatis personæ. Creating, inhabiting, and giving voice to characters is what Shipe does best. Villain is filled with them: an artist begging critics to go easy; a woman whose commitment to saving the world cripples her ability to love; and from the title track, a man who blames his bad luck on women who always go for the villain. Each of these people is rendered honestly, but with empathy, giving the album a fun, storytelling feel which fits the folk-pop feel of the music. It seems that Shipe’s philosophy on this, “If you fully embrace the character, it will flow out effortlessly; you won’t have to force or contrive it” is spot-on. Villain, Shipe’s 10th album, is due out February 1, 2011.

On Villain, audiences will find, along with vivid, cinematically-drawn characters, pop cadences in a folk package, with rural touches, but without country twang. His sophisticated composition draws comparisons to the Beatles, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, and other songcraft-oriented pop acts.

Praise for John Shipe

“Powerful songwriting…nothing short of mesmerizing…” — Salem Statesmen Journal, Salem, Oregon

“I gushed like a hot and bothered groupie…twists that go right when expect the song to go left, melodies that pop out of nowhere and suck you in, lyrics that suddenly grip you and make you rewind and turn upthe volume…” — Melissa Bearns, The Source Weekly, Bend, Oregon

“…he throws everything but the kitchen sink into the mix. In addition to no less than 6 instruments he plays himself, his friends provide vocals, drums, bass, trumpet, glockenspiel and various other noisemakers. While one may expect that to muddy the listen, it has the opposite effect: The tracks become more engaging, interesting and urgent…More than you get from most majors these days.” — Missoula Independent

“… a warm, engaging and at times childlike quality to his singing. Likewise his writing appears at times naïve with the innocence of the nursery. He surrounds his lyrics with a tapestry of music that sounds both complex and simple referencing the Beatles, California harmonies, Nilsson melodies and psychedelic pop.… a multitude of delights to be found here.” Americana UK

“John Shipe sings of kings and volcanoes, spaceships… describes a girl with tattoos and piercings all over her skin…Shipe has the perfect voice for the rock he delivers. Strong enough to compete with the driving drumbeats of the record, but perceptive enough to convincingly deliver lyrics…His refreshing topics seduce your ears, while trumpets and lap steels add variety to the traditional guitar, bass and drum arrangements.” —Performing Songwriter Magazine

“A beautiful mixture of country pop songs, ballads… soul-inspired songs… easy-on-the-ear melodies.” —Roots Time, Belgium

“His pipes have a thick intensity that never falters, whether he’s belting out loud or whispering quiet…” —Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon

“An explosion of creativity.” —Register Guard, Eugene, OR

Contact: Janelle Rogers, Green Light Go
Phone: 877.208.6194 x1

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