Jody Shelton Band
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Jody Shelton Band


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"Trigger Magazine"

Their performance on this night was nothing short of breathtaking….
Shelton’s strong voice is more rock than pop and his band should be required listening for any young band playing out today.

"Taxi The World's Leading Independent A&R Company"

Breathtaking songs, singing and production. This stuff is ready for the radio right now. Jody is a special artist and Eric knows just how to optimize his music. Utterly convincing. -

"New York Cool"

Jody Shelton’s music is guttural but melodic, spirited yet melancholy, poetically rich with a cinematic feel, housing a distinct roaming quality that has introspective overtones. -

"Delusions Of Adequacy"

I have no clue what drew me to the Jody Shelton Band’s EP Child since I’m normally not interested in anything that I could expect to hear on any local radio station. Although I have admitted many times over that I’m a sucker for a great singing voice and tons of melody that doesn’t mean I necessarily enjoy most standard rock and pop. But, there’s always an exception to the rule and the Jody Shelton Band nicely fit that bill.

The band, named for its lead singer/keyboardist/sometimes guitarist is based in Brooklyn, New York. Shelton, a Tennessee native apparently studied music and intended to write film score when he first arrived in New York City a few years ago. Fate seems to have intervened - in the form of three other musicians and the formation of a band. The Jody Shelton Band now includes Eric Wilhelm (guitar), Michael Pearce (bass), and Christopher Heinz (drums). Child is the group’s second EP release.

With just four songs, it’s hard to get a full picture of what the Jody Shelton Band is all about. The songwriting is incredibly genuine with plenty of catchy hooks and memorable lyrics, but it’s the cinematic quality of the tracks on Child that step things up a notch. Shelton’s vocals soar right along with his band mates’ solid skills. The group smolders on low-key rockers “Change” and the title track, while exposing a more upbeat side on “Driveway.” The final song, “Amy, Smiling” is a beautiful rock ballad that I wish were longer just so I could enjoy more of it.

The Jody Shelton Band should be poised right on the edge of mass popularity with a record deal, full length debut, and headlining tour. The Child EP is just a tiny glimpse, but I have a feeling this group would not disappoint regardless of the number of songs presented on any given recording. So much music comes out of New York, but the Jody Shelton Band is one that you should be paying attention to.

-Jennifer Patton 11/22/06



Well, well, I must be getting soft in my old age. Once upon a time, a jangly guitar band would have had me heading for the skip button faster than a jaguar on speed, and yet here's yet another one that I find myself liking more than I'd care to admit.

With only four tracks and each being a little bit different, this is a neat sample of the band. Once again, quality song writing is to the fore and the tracks rarely seem to exceed the 3 minute mark, the band seemingly knowing that you actually can have too much of a good thing.

In many ways this would be perfect for a 7" single. The first two tracks "Child" and "Driveway" are generally light and breezy whilst "Amy, Smiling" and "Change" are more downbeat.

Stand out for me is "Driveway" - it's memorable and I can imagine the video now - driving through the countryside in an open top car in the summer. The hook is catchy and there's some fine guitar chops to underpin that driving feel. That's not to say that the others aren't up to scratch, in fact "Change" sounds like a Lucinda Williams song with male vocals and I can't give much higher praise than that.

If you are after quality songs sung by someone who can actually sing - give this a listen.

-Phil T. 2/6/07 -


Rise (EP), November 2005
Child (EP), September 2006



The story of Jody Shelton Band begins in late 2003 when singer/songwriter and Tennessee native Jody Shelton moved to New York City. Here, he resumed songwriting after a three-year hiatus. After several months of playing his new material with various New York musicians, Jody began to rehearse and record with producer/guitarist Eric Wilhelm in Eric's Brooklyn-based Kitchen Sink Studios. In August 2004 Jody saw drummer Christopher Heinz playing buckets in a friend's show. Impressed, Jody and Eric asked Chris to join the band the following week. While continuing the search for a permanent bass player, the trio began recording their first EP, Rise, in early 2005. Bassist Michael Pearce joined the band in Summer 2005 and the completed group began work on their follow up EP, Child, released on September 28th, 2006. The guys are currently recording their first full-length LP to be released in 2007.