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In the past few months alone, Shannon performed with Willie Nelson and The Avett Brothers at the Ray Benson Birthday Bash at SXSW, appeared on Good Day NY and WFUV, gigged regularly with her cohort Charlie Sexton, toured w/ Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and has been praised by American Songwriter, No Depression, Elmore and more. Black Irish recently debuted at #24 on the Americana chart and #41 on Triple A and climbing.
After going through what she calls “a miserable divorce,” McNally and her young daughter Maeve moved in with her parents in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where McNally nursed her terminally ill mother until her passing in 2015. What saved her was her email relationship with Rodney Crowell, who’d been talking about producing her since 2012. Together the two wrote songs and exchanged cover ideas until BLACK IRISH was born.
Album opener “You Made Me Feel For You” was written by Crowell, and serves as a metaphor for their collaboration – how his particular understanding of her unique gifts pulled out the career-defining album many have been waiting for since she came on the scene.
Watch the thermodynamic video for “You Made Me Feel For You” at HitsMeUp HERE.