Band: Amanda Shaw
Date: Friday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., www.thelisteningroommobile.com
Tickets: $25 artist donation
Pop music can become stale, its cookie-cutter nature sometimes leaving little room for innovation. But Amanda Shaw uses her fiddle and the sounds of Louisiana to create a refreshing pop sound that is truly unique.
Shaw began studying music with violin lessons at age 4. Four years later, she was embracing the Cajun sounds that filled her hometown of Mandeville, Louisiana. Before she left high school, Shaw was on the road and performing. Her mix of Cajun, new-school country, rock and pop has gathered numerous fans and allowed her to perform regularly at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Shaw’s genre-mingling has given her pop sound an edge. Sugary anthems like “Busy Body” is riddled with Cajun fiddles and pop rhythms. Shaw’s sweet voice make this song fun and thoughtful. Her latest single, “Soulful Dress,” uses upbeat, blistering rock to prove Shaw’s artistic versatility.