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Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray with Shoot Out the Lights and Quiet Hollers

Friday • Southgate House Revival

By Brian Baker · April 16th, 2014 · Sound Advice
soundadvice_miss shevaughn & yuma wray_photo_ joe dominguez_prMiss Shevaughn & Yuma Ray (Photo: Joe Dominguez PR)

The fan base that Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray have accumulated over the past three years must look like a random demographic sampling from the U.S. census. 

The psychedelically rootsy Americana duo-turned-quartet’s broadly diverse sonic profile is every bit as wide as their appeal, as tendrils of contemporary Blues, electric Folk, atmospheric Pop and jarringly noisy Indie Rock are woven into a compelling musical tapestry. 

The Paso Robles, Calif.-based group’s recently released album Lean Into the Wind — touched by an emotional year that included Shevaughn’s cancer diagnosis, self-doubt, the deaths of several friends and a relentless touring schedule — finds them moving in several disparate yet oddly compatible directions. It includes the dustily baroque twang of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra (“Drifter’s Compass”), the shredding fervor of Neil Young and Crazy Horse (“Sure as Hell”), the majestic Folk expanse of Judy Collins (“Coyote”) or Linda Ronstadt (“Oh, Tornado”), the bracing energy of Wilco (“Election Year Blues”) and the slinky ambient Americana of Chris Isaak (“Lone Star Souvenir”).

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray coalesced back in 2011, when Shevaughn and Yuma, partners in life and music, chucked the stable safety of Chicago for a tentative but exciting existence on the road as a Folk duo. 

The attention they garnered around the country led to their 2012 debut, We’re From Here, and a ton of positive press.

Since then, the pair has added a rhythm section — bassist Derek Evry and drummer Ben Tufts — and played a wild variety of opening slots, club dates and festival gigs, making more fans with each appearance. Lean Into the Wind has matched its predecessor as far as its impressive reception, and the band’s current tour celebrates not only their well-received sophomore recording but also Shevaughn and Yuma’s marriage earlier this year (it’s called the Honeymoon Tour, after all). 

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray’s most effective tool is their amazing ability to channel and reflect so many different musical inspirations while maintaining a singular and unique identity of their own. You may be reminded of a dozen different artists, but you’ll never forget that you’re enraptured by Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray.

MISS SHEVAUGHN & YUMA WRAY perform Friday, April 18 at Southgate House Revival. Tickets/more info here.



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