Shane Gamble

Shane Gamble

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Powerful and engaging; this artist has a live show worth checking out several times over. - On Tap Magazine says; "Gamble has a voice that is refreshing and understated while simultaneously intense and emotional".

Biography

“I like music that takes you somewhere,” says singer/songwriter/producer Shane Gamble. “As a child, I remember sitting in front of the stereo listening to these old records and being swept away by the emotions of the songs. That’s how I want people to feel with my music.”

It’s that sensation of suspension—whether tucked within the elusive emotions of love, longing, or fear—that’s the underlying theme throughout all of Gamble’s work, including his latest release, Behind The Blue. Blending the influences of Wilco, Tom Petty, and the late Chris Whitley, Gamble has created a signature sound that’s centered on colorful guitar work, intriguing pedal-steel counter lines, and thought-provoking lyrics. On Behind The Blue, which was crafted during an extensive two-year tour throughout the northeast, Gamble strikes a fine balance between classic songwriting sensibilities (“The Story Of Mary,” “All Or Nothing”), rootsy Americana rock (“Highway 16,” “Cold Elixir”), laid-back grooves (“Already,” “Free Ride”), and stark introspection (“War”).

But there’s more to this burgeoning artist than his formidable singing and songwriting skills. A good portion of Behind The Blue was recorded and produced by Gamble in his Frederick, Maryland home. Says Shane, “Producing this record was as much about the process as it was about the end result.” He brought in famed engineer and Maryland neighbor Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Lifehouse, O.A.R.) for a majority of the mixing, while also enlisting the help of several renowned sessions musicians. “Working with musicians like drummer Matt Johnson and bassist Gary Grainger was amazing,” Gamble recalls. “They helped the songs grow in new directions and forced me to develop as a musician.” Plus, the addition of brilliant pedal-steel guitarist Dave Hadley has made a huge impact on Shane’s sound, adding sonic warmth in the studio and an electrifying presence on the bandstand.

Now that Behind The Blue is complete, Gamble is back on the road, bringing his captivating solo, duo, and full-band show to audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic. He’s also gearing up for a national tour, which will extend to the mid-west and southern regions. Baltimore and Washington, DC radio stations such as DC101, Hot 99.5, and WTMD have also joined the effort, frequently spinning Behind The Blue’s first single, “The Story Of Mary.”

So where does he go from here? “At this point, I’m trying to let things grow organically,” says Shane. “Good music is all about the truth. If you let go of all the rock star dreams and be honest with yourself and your music, everyone listening will start to understand.”

Lyrics

the Story of Mary

Written By: Shane Gamble

She lives down on fancy street, where the trees fall without a sound.
Cause the wind is always blowing so much louder.
She says she wants to be lonely and free.
She said it could take a while to pick the right draw.
And my how all these days go by oh so fast, so fast yeah.

I’m guessing everything is good, I’m guessing everything’s all right.
I’m guessing everything is moving along right in time, for you.
I’m guessing everything is grand, guessing everything’s allright.
I’m guessing everything is moving along right in time.

Mary’s got a brand new star, in her hand she’s gonna hold it up into, the big big skys, oh lord now, the big big skys.
Then them angels gonna rise above, then them angels gonna fall into the hearts of all of the people in that town under that sky that night.

I’m guessing everything is good, I’m guessing everything’s all right.
I’m guessing everything is moving along right in time, for you.
I’m guessing everything is grand, I’m guessing everything’s allright.
I’m guessing everything is moving along right in time, for you.

The story of Mary, it’s just the story of Mary, for you
Solo: (Lap Steel)

Bridge:

Walking out in the fields today I say the sunrise in the light of the moon.
It was then that I knew, that Mary was gone for good.
Moved out of the dark of the night, walked into the light of the day.
Still not a day went by, to many days went by.

I’m guessing everything is good, I’m guessing everything’s all right.
And I’m guessing everything is moving along right in time.
I’m guessing everything is grand, I’m guessing everything’s allright.
And I’m guessing everything is moving along right in time. The story of Mary, it’s just, the story of Mary, it’s all be , the story of Mary, it’s all because, it’s all because of you. The story of Mary….

All or Nothing

Written By: Shane Gamble


Verse: 1
Sitting in this motel, I ain’t got no words I ain’t got no concerns.
Smoking a Mexican cigar, all the way down all the way, down.
Following me are some real big shoes, I ain’t got no friends I ain’t got no excuses.
I know this place and I know this town like the back of my hand like the back of my cloud.

Chorus:
Just like a waterfall, you let your love come down; you’ll surly win my love, but you’ve got to know it’s all or nothing.

Verse:2
I follow you and you follow suit, I can’t believe it’s coming down to this, if I find relief and if I find it soon, I’ll find a way to break on through here.
Cause I found a blessing in a telegram on the back of a crow, he blind in one eye doctors say he’s gonna die. Cause I found a blessing in a telegram on the back of a crow, that’s how I know my love will get to you

Chorus:
Just like a waterfall, you let your love come down; you’ll surly win my love, but you’ve got to know it’s all or nothing.

Break:
Moving figures out on the water, indecision when there’s no time to falter, let your spirit go but don’t fade away, don’t fade away. All this anger with, much frustration just give it up to the one from up above. Because we’re already were we’re coming from, it’s already were we need to be. It’s all the same just got to rise above, rise above.
Chorus:
Just like a waterfall, you let your love come down; you’ll surly win my love, but you’ve got to know it’s all or nothing.

Just like a … you let your love come down… (vocal improv)

Highway 16

Written By: Shane Gamble

Verse 1:
You’re the kind of girl I like. You wear lots of makeup and talk out of turn.
The people live to love you because the people live to love.
I’m surprised you got this far along, here.

Break:
Now you’re skipping town just for fun, you meet yourself a trucker named one eyed Sam.
Out on the lamb driving his big sixteen, through the night you drove all night.

Chorus:
On Highway 16 with the roses in between, there ain’t nothing gonna stop us now. There ain’t nothing gonna slow us down,… down, down, down, down

Verse2:
Well I’ve picked the fields and filled the cans I’ve climbed up the top of the hill and back down again. Well I’ve filled them cans you know I did , well you know I did, you know I did.

Break:
On Highway 16 with the roses in between , there ain’t nothing gonna stop us now. There ain’t nothing gonna slow us down,… down, down, down, down.

Break:
I know we will be on top soon. There aint no doubt about it , there aint no doubt about.
I pray we will be on top soon there ain’t no doubt about no no no no.

Chorus:
On Highway 16 with the roses in between , there ain’t nothing gonna stop us now There ain’t nothing gonna slow us down,… down, down, down, down

Discography

Shane Gamble, Talk About. Released 2002 (Rt50Music Inc)
Shane Gamble, Behind the Blue. 2005 (Rt50Music Inc)

Set List

Underground
Highway 16
Cold Elixer
Village Train
Behind the Blue
Moments Time
YBU?
Fall too Hard
What you need
All or Nothing
Blue Sky
All I Want
Donna
Back 2 the Start
End of the World
Talk About
Binomial
Dust& Ale
Mason Dixon
the Story of Mary
Free Ride
Simple Life
Creepin'
Another Day Coming Around
I Dont Know
Fingerprint
Smoking
White Fence
More Time to Burn