The Spur by Joan Shelley on No Quarter Records

Joan Shelley - The Spur


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The Spur is Joan Shelley's fi­rst new album in three years. The twelve song set is a profound meditation on light and darkness, recorded in the spring of 2021 at Earthwave Farm in the Kentucky countryside. 
James Elkington serves as co-producer (alongside Shelley) and the album features collaborations with Bill Callahan, Meg Baird and the British novelist Max Porter along with Shelley’s musical partner and husband Nathan Salsburg
"The Spur is the result of a period of opposite extremes: of intellectual hyper-connection and physical isolation" Shelley Says, "This album will forever be fused with the memory of our marriage, the birth of our child, and the intense joy despite the darkness.” 


"The Kentucky singer-songwriter has come to fully master a sense of radiant calm" - NPR Music 
"Her poetic imagery is dazzling" - The Guardian 



  1. Forever Blues 
  2. The Spur 
  3. Home 
  4. Amberlit Morning 
  5. Like The Thunder 
  6. When The Light Is Dying 
  7. Breath For The Boy 
  8. Fawn 
  9. Why Not Liver Here 
  10. Bolt 
  11. Between Rock & Sky 
  12. Completely 


  • US import 
  • Limited-edition clear vinyl LP available exclusively from independent stores 



also available: 
Joan Shelley - Ginko   LP 
Joan Shelley - Electric Ursa   LP | CD 
Joan Shelley - Over And Even   LP | CD 
Joan Shelley - Cost Of The Cold / Here And Whole   7" 
Joan Shelley - Joan Shelley   LP | CD 

Joan Shelley - Rivers & Vessels   12" EP 
Joan Shelley - Like The River Loves The Sea   LP | CD 


see also: 
Nathan Salsburg - Psalms   LP | CD 


also on No Quarter: 
Ned Oldham - Further Gone   7" 
The Other Years - The Other Years    LP | CD 
Michael Hurley - The Time of the Foxgloves   LP | CD 
Jana Horn - Optimism   LP | CD 


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