Shannon McNally
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Shannon McNally

Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States

Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Band Americana Classic Rock


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"Remarkable and unequaled"

“McNally's sound bears a timelessness that's truly uncommon.. [she] projects tenderness and toughness in ways that are remarkable and unequaled.”
— Jim Caligiuiri, The Austin Chronicle

- The Austin Chronicle

"Her angelic shiver-sending drawl"

“Her angelic shiver-sending drawl gives the music its hurt, its hate and, most importantly its heart... McNally gives the gift of believability to all she sings.”
— Mike Bell, The Calgary Sun

- The Calgary Sun

"New York Times Review"

“She has the voice: bruised, smoky and ornery, right at home where country and soul meet.. She has the melodies and the timing.. she's irresistible.”
— Jon Pareles, The New York Times
- NY Times

"Coldwater Review"

Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce

Shannon McNally’s songwriting prowess has garnered the attention of a who’s who of recording artists with whom she’s toured or performed, as well as national television appearances and extensive airplay crossing into the folk, country, and adult album alternative (AAA) genres. Her latest effort, Coldwater, comes following her post-Katrina exodus to Northern Mississippi, and the tunes have nomadic undertones reflective of that and other journeys (both emotional and physical) of the singer/songwriter. Take the greatest stylistic and vocal attributes of the softer side of Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, and Loretta Lynn, with the storytelling sensitivities of Tracy Chapman, and that will give you some sense of the musical gumbo that comprises Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce. The collection showcases three covers and five McNally penned tunes and “Lovely” is a highlight of the latter variety, an introspective, reflective rolling ballad of voyages of life and love, those of past experiences and future aspirations. This work is a clear and thoughtful demonstration of the complete artistry that inspires the admiration of McNally’s peers and the loyalty of her fans. –Craig M. Cortello - Where Y'at Magazine

"Shannon McNally Pours Some Coldwater Into Hot Sauce" -

"Coldwater Review Offbeat Magazine New Orleans"

Coldwater Review Offbeat Magazine New Orleans
By Alex Rawls

Coldwater documents where Shannon McNally has been since Katrina—namely, settling down in Mississippi, starting a family and finding a stable band. For the occasion, she recut "Bolder Than Paradise" not because the song needs it, but because the version presents it as an ensemble piece, not a showcase for her voice or Dave Easley's guitar (as it became on North American Ghost Music).On the album, the late Jim Dickinson gave his last performance as her piano player, but he settles into the group sensitive to what the songs require, often intentionally disappearing into the texture of the song.

Not surprisingly, the hill country blues figure prominently here as songs groove on minimal changes, which suits McNally well. The skeletal framework allows her songs to become trances, stories that could come from last week, last year, last decade or last century. They bring to mind early 1970s movies with Rudy Wurlitzer screenplays, where outsiders search for homes and communities they themselves have doubts that they'll find, and nothing underscores that more than Coldwater's first line: "Wrong side of the road / how did I get here this time?" The vagabond theme seems appropriate for McNally, whose muse has taken her around the country. It brought her to New Orleans and took her to Mississippi, and documenting this moment is valuable because it'll likely take her somewhere else before long.
- Offbeat Magazine


Bolder Than Paradise Capitol Records 2000
Jukebox Sparrows Capitol Records, 2002
Ran On Pure Lightening Morebarn Records/ CD Baby 2002
Run For Cover CD Baby 2004
Geronimo Back Porch/Narada Records 2005
North American Ghost Music Live Back Porch Records 2006
South Side Sessions Back Porch/ Narada Records 2006
Coldwater CD Baby 2009



"When I think of the best shows that I've ever seen they all have one thing in common. At some moment during the performance there is a collective gasp when everyone involved on both sides of the stage, has gotten what they wished for. It's those buttery endorphins that spill through our communal senses that drive me on as an artist."

Shannon McNally was born and raised on Long Island, New York but has spent most of her adult life traveling and living all over North America. After graduating college with a degree in Religious Anthropology she followed Los Lobos out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. She quickly signed with Perry Watts-Russell to Capitol Records/ EMI.

Rolling Stone Magazine gave her debut album released in January of 2002, Jukebox Sparrows (Capitol Records), 3 1/2 stars. Jukebox Sparrows also spawned the AAA radio hit “Now That I Know,” which appeared on the ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ soundtrack. She teamed up with Ryan Adams’ sideman Neal Casal around the same time for a collabrative project called ‘Ran On Pure Lightening’. Her song “Pale Moon” from was picked up by Putamayo Records as the first track on their American Folk Album.  

In 2000 she moved to New Orleans. ‘The city summoned me. It called me into it’s depths and it devoured me’. It was here that her writing’s innate earthy-end-of-the-world-defiance took on a weight and pathos which ultimately defined the mood and message of her 2005 release ‘Geronimo’ on Back Porch Records (EMI).  Produced by Charlie Sexton, the record got a lot of strong support at AAA radio and on Satelite Radio. McNally toured extensively behind it from 2005-2007, doing national tours with a band and as a solo performer. During this time she also recorded a live record called ‘North American Ghost Music’ as well as a second album with long time friend and producer Charlie Sexton called ‘South Side Sessions’.

Unable to return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina Shannon settled into North Mississippi with her husband and daughter. Her newest project is called ‘Coldwater’. It was recorded with Jim Dickinson at his Zebra Ranch Studio just before his passing. The record features Shannon’s regular touring band called Hot Sauce; they are Jake Fussell, Eric Deaton and Wallace Lester.

McNally has toured and done shows with Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp, Charlie Sexton, Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Derek Trucks, Rail Road Earth, Rufus Wainwright, Levon Helm and Lou Reed. She has appeared on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mountain Stage and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Her voice has appeared on recordings by Jim Dickinson, Mac Rebennack, John Hiatt, Rufus Wainwright, Hal Wilner, Wardell Quezergue and Son Volt among others.

by Z.Z. Bubbala