Elvie Shane is Gospel born and Southern Rock bred, real country with a whole lot of soul. Growing up in tiny Caneyville, Kentucky (pop. 608), music has always played a huge role in his life. And, as it does with a lot of people born below the Mason-Dixon line, that role ran parallel with Church, as Elvie recalls the role his mother played in his musical development.
“She had songs on her own and songs with the trio she was in,” he says. “She could make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. I sat beside her in that front pew most my childhood singing. Learning old hymnals and harmonies and a deep appreciation for Music.” His first solo in church was “Victory in Jesus.”
While his mother preferred the music she heard inside the walls of a Church, his father was another story. “Country, Rock, R&B, even Gospel when the time called for it,” he recalled of his father’s preferred musical leanings. “Once I was big enough to see over the steering wheel from daddy’s lap, my Sunday afternoons usually consisted of driving Daddy around backroads so he could drink his beer and get lost in music and stories. It was those evenings when I began to reach for lyrics and write myself.” He says those early compositions weren’t among his best. “I couldn’t have been much older than seven when I wrote my first song. It was terrible, but it was a start.”
Which direction would he go in for himself musically? As it turned out,
both styles influenced his path. One night at Church, he was approached by
a friend concerning an opening in a band at the local VFW. After begging his mother for a week for the opportunity, he was given the task of learning eleven original songs at the age of fourteen – in a week’s time! He did just that, and got the gig. That set him on a collision course with the music business.
When it comes to his own musical leanings, Elvie says he is all over the place – counting such iconic names as Garth Brooks, Lynard Skynard, Johnny Cash, and The Temptations as artists who have made an impact on him – with one name standing above the rest – John Fogerty.
“He was an artist that my dad liked to listen to a lot, and my dad was a truck driver, so I would go out on the road with him. He would listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as John’s solo stuff. I loved the way that he sang, and the way that he wrote. One song in particular was ‘As Long As I Can See The Light.’ Hearing him sing that song really made me want to be a singer, and strive to be the best singer that I could be. I wanted to put such raw emotion into a song like he did, so you could feel it when you heard the words.”
With word spreading of his musical talent, he decided to strike while the mettle was hot – with the blessing of his wife, Mandi. “Working on my music has been the hardest and most exhilarating thing I have ever done in my life. I took a break when I got married, so in October of 2015, I asked my wife if she would give me four months to try and get something going with music. She obliged and covered us for a while I booked several shows, covering states from Texas to Wisconsin.” It was then that he decided to hit Music City.
“I recorded my first three songs with a producer and some studio musicians in Nashville. That was an amazing experience,” he said, and one by one – the dominos began to fall into place. “I signed with United Talent Agency for booking in spring of 2017 and began touring the country playing with such artist as Toby Keith, Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, and Lady Antebellum. Shane then signed his first publishing deal, and began working with legendary producer Paul Worley, who lives up to his legendary reputation. “He is a purist when it comes to music. It isn’t about anything other than the song with him,” he said of his producer, but allows that Worley brings his own unique stamp to the session. “It is the production that creates the emotion that captivates the listener which makes them come back to listen again.”
It’s very important to Elvie Shane that his music remains honest and relatable. “I want my songs to be honest, humble, and wholesome, and maybe a little hell-raising at times too!”
Whatever the musical – or lyrical style, Elvie Shane just wants to make an emotional impact with his music – and help his growing audience to forget life’s little ups and downs for a while. “Being on stage is an amazing thing. All eyes are on you, and you are there to do a job. Make sure those people get the best you have every time and make damn sure they want to come back next time they see your name. I don’t take that lightly. I feel like I’m there to get them away from the rat race that is life and bring them back to Humanity for ninety minutes. I want to intoxicate them with every emotion possible so that they remember music is here to make you feel. I love to make people really feel something. It’s therapy for them – and me,” he states. “That’s why I do what I do.”