First/Last-Shannon Labrie

May 16, 2013

Shannon Labrie The Center of Harmony Opera Hall

Friday, May 17, 2013 Harmony

“On Shannon Labrie’s debut album Just Be Honest, she kicks off the proceedings by staring down her demons and admonishing her biggest fears with “Secret,” a retro-R&B influenced song laced with vibrant horns. The young songwriter comes by her fears honestly, battling a serious (and ongoing) illness at age 9 and losing her father at 14. She grew up fast, at first rebelling, then spending several years on a curious solo journey across the country studying philosophy, theology and writing songs before settling into Nashville’s thriving independent music scene. Adept on the piano and guitar, the singer/songwriter says she was “raised on James Taylor and Lauren Hill.” Music Connection named her as one of the “Best Unsigned Artists of 2012” and she was featured alongside Brooke Waggoner, Matthew Perryman Jones and others on the Nashville Indie Spotlight, a digital sampler available exclusively on iTunes.“

Check out Shannon at her official Website, Facebook and Twitter. She has released her debut, “Just Be Honest” on Zodlounge and performs tomorrow night in Harmony, PA. My thanks to her for taking a few to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • The Fugees, “The Score” on cassette tape.
  • Your last album bought?
  • John Mayer, “Born and Raised.”
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Hardest question ever. I have three. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, Bruce Hornsby’s “The Way It Is” and James Taylor’s “One Man Band”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • I guess Creed’s 3rd album, “Weathered,” was pretty disappointing.
  • First concert attended?
  • James Taylor with my Dad in Omaha, NE.
  • Last concert?
  • K.S. Rhoads at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, TN.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • MUSE in Washington D.C.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • I don’t think I’ve ever been to a disappointing show. I saw Sheryl Crow (who I love) live once. She was good but she was no MUSE!
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I’ve never been to “The Steel City,” before but I’m really, really looking forward to driving over all 446 bridges.

Thanks, Shannon. 446 bridges? Suck it, Venice! To be honest, as a lifelong resident, it really only seems like 445.