By Amanda Eckard
got a lot of sass, and I think you can hear that on some of my
songs," said newcomer, Shelly Fairchild. "I wanted
this album to be sexy and swampy."
caught the attention of iconic motorcycle company Harley
Davidson, who invited her to perform at their national
convention, numerous bike rallies and have generously provided
Fairchild with Harley stage clothes.
with the rock and soul of her native Mississippi Delta,
Fairchild shares her history every time she sings. She grew up
in a musical family and her "Paw Paw" bought Fairchild
her first guitar on her sixth birthday.
by Country Music superstars Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Hank
Williams Jr. and Travis Tritt, Fairchild landed major roles in
musicals and national theatrical tours, including the lead in
"Always, Patsy Cline" before signing with Columbia
capture the contrasts that make Fairchild unique, she worked
with an atypical team on Ride, veteran Country Music
producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire) and Kenny
Greenberg, a respected hot-shot guitarist and CMA Musician of
the Year nominee who has produced rocker Edwin McCain and
cutting edge artists Allison Moorer and the Mavericks.
wrote four tracks on her album, including first single "You
Don't Lie Here Anymore." Ride is set for release
on May 3.
HER OWN WORDS:
moment in your life would you relive if you could?
built a little ladder with my grandfather when I was about 6 or
7. We were outside and it was a really hot Mississippi day and I
remember him leaning down to me and saying, 'Baby, you're a
really hard worker. Don't ever let anybody tell you that you're
lazy.' I don't know why, but for some reason I've carried that
with me. He's gone now, and I would love to be able to visit
that day again."
you have a lucky charm?
friend of mine gave me a necklace that has a four leaf clover
and a cross on it and I carry that with me everywhere I
kind of album, other than Country, would you like to make?
a Christmas record, or a Gospel record - that would make my
instrument do you wish that you could play?
keep a Blues Harp in my purse at all times. I'm trying to master
does Country Music mean to you?
Music represents a lot to me. It means family, it means
gathering together to have a great time, it means laughter and
some tears, and it's what I grew up on. It means my childhood
and a huge part of why I am who I am."
the Web: www.shellyfairchild.com
2005 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association,