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“When a friend heard the album low in the background while we were driving, he asked, “Patti Smith?” The mis-hearing was appropriate. Both are mannered vocalists whose songs are at once carriers of ideas and gestures themselves—prayers, chants and/or trances that are influenced but not limited by the words. And both are reaching toward something larger than themselves and spiritual, finding the key in the commonplace.”

-Alex Rawls, OffBeat Magazine Feb. 2011


“Even better, hear McNally’s “Lovely” or “Bohemian Wedding Song,” and you will discover what it means to believe in something so much you’ll bet everything you have on it. Maybe that’s because what you’re really betting on is yourself, and for people like this artist that is all there really is anyway. Coldwater is soaked in a beauty that should not be missed. World boogie is here.”

- Bill Bentley, My Daily Find


“Unable to return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina Shannon settled into North Mississippi with her husband and daughter. Her newest project is called ‘Coldwater’. It was recorded with Jim Dickinson at his Zebra Ranch Studio just before his passing. The record features Shannon’s regular touring band called Hot Sauce which features Jake Fussell, Eric Deaton and Wallace Lester…McNally’s sound bears a timelessness that’s truly uncommon.. [she] projects tenderness and toughness in ways that are remarkable and unequaled.”

- Jim Caligiuiri, The Austin Chronicle


“Her angelic shiver-sending drawl gives the music its hurt, its hate and, most importantly its heart… McNally gives the gift of believability to all she sings.”

- Mike Bell, The Calgary Sun


“She has the voice: bruised, smoky and ornery, right at home where country and soul meet.. She has the melodies and the timing.. she’s irresistible.”

- Jon Pareles, The New York Times


“…Shannon McNally packs a wallop of a vocal a tough, tenacious delivery that’s equally adept at conveying both pain and poignancy…”

- Lee Zimmerman, Miami New Times


“Far from seeming premature, though, North American Ghost Music Live provides the clearest insight into her musical vision.”

- Alex Rawls, offBeat Magazine (NOLA)


“Shannon McNally has a whiff of the Wild West in her voice. Full and rustic, McNally’s vocals conjure the kind of rough and open spaces that make her an alt-country natural.”

- Jim Farber, New York Daily News


“…Shannon McNally is among the top singer-songwriters under 35 making music today. North American Ghost Music is McNally’s new live effort…captures the best of McNally’s two full-lengths, 2002′s Jukebox Sparrows and last year’s Geronimo.”

- Jarret Keen, Las Vegas City Life


“It’s raw and immediate, and captures her at her best.”

- All Music Guide


“The singer/songwriter’s second full album, following 2002′s Jukebox Sparrows, is an alt-country treasure broadened by pop, roots-rock, soul and folk.”

- Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY


“McNally’s sound bears a timelessness that’s truly uncommon.. [she] projects tenderness and toughness in ways that are remarkable and unequaled.”

- Jim Caligiuiri, The Austin Chronicle


“Her angelic shiver-sending drawl gives the music its hurt, its hate and, most importantly its heart… McNally gives the gift of believability to all she sings.”

- Mike Bell, The Calgary Sun


“She has the voice: bruised, smoky and ornery, right at home where country and soul meet.. She has the melodies and the timing.. she’s irresistible.”

- Jon Pareles, The New York Times


“rich country swagger.. deep, resonant croon that sounds deliciously bourbon-soaked and world-weary.. McNallys a confident singer whose sophisticated style maintains Geronimos power with each successive listen.”

- Brian Orloff, Harp Magazine – July/Aug 2005


“Start with the words immensely talented, toss in a few others like, tough, cool, seductive, gritty and rockin and you’re starting to piece together a description of Shannon McNally.”

- Kevin O’Hare, Springfield (MA) Republican


“…some of the most pleasing pop refrains you’ll hear today.”

- Nate Dow, The Boston Herald


“A native New Yorker now living in New Orleans, Shannon McNally fittingly makes music that has a rich, rootsy flavor and, at times, an attitude of steely toughness.”

- Nick Cristiano, Philadelphia Inquirer


“It’s an audio journal of stories told in gritty blues, country, roots, and rock. McNally proves equally potent with a number that’s tender and reflective, as in the slow country waltz of “Tennessee Blues”, as she is with something brash and confident, like the rockin’ New Orleans-flavored “The Hard Way” or the bluesy “Miracle Mile”. She’s poised for recognition as one of the great new voices in Americana.”

- Miles of Music


“McNally is so irresistibly winsome, sexy, seductive, and vulnerable that, chances are, you’ll be ready to move in by the end of the opening track.”

- Alanna Nash, amazon.com


“More than three years after the release of her debut, Shannon McNally is back with her second offering, Geronimo. A rebel yell of soulful pop-rock songs marinated in the Louisiana bayou.”

- Carolyn E. Davis, mtv.com


“And like Kathleen Edwards and Mary Gauthier it seems that Shannon has surpassed the iconic figure in this musical landscape: the aforementioned Lucinda Williams.”

- Criag Bonnell, Songs: Illinois (Music Blog)


“From the first intoxicating moments of its opening track “The Worst Part of a Broken Heart,” to the sassy, blues/rock sweep of “Sweet Forgiveness,” to the quiet beauty of “Leave Your Bags by the Door,” Shannon McNally demonstrates her versatility as a captivating songwriter with a rich, seductive voice that warmly embraces listeners on her second album GERONIMO, out June 28 on Back Porch/EMI.”

- Courtesy of Shore Fire Media


“Every so often but not too often, so that you stop noticing when it happens someone comes along who makes music so easy and natural and affecting that, for a few blissful moments of escape, you stop thinking about music as a business where careers are bought and sold. Theres just that moment of recognition where artist and audience meet each other head on and the world feels perfect. Shannon McNallys set a week ago Thursday at T.T. the Bears Place where her lived-in, groove-laden songs bridged pop, country soul, and rootsy FM rock had that effect on me.”

- Jonathan Perry, The Boston Phoenix

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