A teacher from Shelbyville, Ind., Amber Nash — who sings and plays ukulele and guitar with Cincinnati-based Folk Pop duo Shiny and the Spoon — wears a porcupine claw and a white, tooth-shaped piece around her neck. On her left arm, a tattoo peeks out. Her hair, reddish brown curls. Nash, who got her start in musical theater and Jazz bands, speaks easily.
From the Ontario, Ohio, Nash’s SATS partner Jordan Neff (guitar, vocals) came to Cincinnati for college. He wears a button-down shirt and simple jeans, his hair, blonde and straight.
No visible tattoos. Neff — who got his start as the lead singer of a sixth grade band — thinks carefully before he speaks.
Neff likes The Hiders’ Valentine, while Nash prefers the local Indie Roots band’s Penny Harvest Field. But there’s a certain respect present — while explaining how they differ, each listens closely, happily disagreeing, as if along for the ride.
A sense of Yin/Yang between the two is what makes Shiny and the Spoon’s music so clever. Like Johnny and June Carter Cash, they have a natural chemistry that makes their Folk/Pop sound an easily blended creation, with smooth harmonies, catchy melodies and a subtle style that’s their own unique merry-go-round.
Shiny and the Spoon celebrates the release of Ferris Wheel at the Southgate House Saturday with guests Lisa Walker, Rubber Knife Gang and The Hiders. Go here to read C.A. MacConnell's full interview.