I had the pleasure of listening to Shannon Wurst’s latest single “Memories I Hold,” and it’s a stunning example of Americana nostalgia. The acoustic core, sensually expressive vocals, and mournful pedal steel playing, played by Ryan Engleman of the Turnpike Troubadours, make for a beautiful mid-tempo country song.
Shannon’s inspiration for the song came from the challenging chore of cleaning out a loved one’s house after their passing, and she writes evocatively and emotionally about the experience.
The lyrics paint a picture of the memories she holds dear, with lines like “I miss the orange marmalade carpet/ in my grandparents living room/the smell of ground round frying/Dan Rather on the evening news/I miss dialing every number like prayer/the rumble of the rotary phone/Time takes all the good stuff/’cept these Memories I hold.”
Shannon’s music is steeped in the outlaw country tradition of courageously confessional songwriters, and her delicately powerful vocals make for an emotional and memorable listening experience.
Shannon Wurst’s music has earned her comparisons to Margo Price and Lucinda Williams, two strong female leads blazing their own paths in the Americana genre. “Memories I Hold” showcases Shannon’s ability to create relatable and heartfelt songs that stay with the listener long after the music has ended.