Shelley Hastings

Shelley Hastings

BandBluesAcoustic

Soul stirring vocals. Passionate, positive life force songs.One of a kind slide dobro performances. Early influences: Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf. Now: Any artist with soul and something to say.

Biography


The slide dobro is my passion and that’s what I’ve practiced all this time. It’s taken a while, writing songs with substance and meaning, finding my voice, capturing it all on tape - but I’m really excited and proud of the new CD.

"WALL OF LOVE FOCUSES ON A BARE BONES PRESENTATION OF HASTINGS VOICE AND GUITAR WORK – AND BOTH ARE AS GRITTY AND COLOURFUL AS THE ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED HER." View Magazine Hamilton Canada

The first time I heard Billie Holiday sing I started to cry you could hear so much passion in her voice.
The soul and the groove of the music, that’s what attracts me. I’ve always loved gospel music, there is a purity in roots and blues, the people singing it haven’t given up hope. That comes through in my music - the Dobro has a lot of expressive character as well , it’s like a voice itself.
I give it all I’ve got, I have a good time, I stretch myself more each time I play. I tap into the moment and just sail away.
"SHELLEY HASTINGS PLAYED A SET ON BOTTLENCK GUITAR. SINGING IN A CORN WHISKEY VOICE SHE EVOKED THE HUMID HEAT AND THE DRY DUST OF A DELTA CROSSROADS IN HIGH SUMMER." Robert Reid therecord.com

Discography

WALL OF LOVE 2009 King Kong Recordings

Set List

Original material with some classic Blues covers.