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Shannon Wurst 1/15/11 + Video

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  • Date Recorded: January 15, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Shannon Wurst
  • Hosting Show: Backroads
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Steeped in the folk tradition, Arkansas native Shannon Wurst delivers music that is instantly familiar and yet adds a refreshingly modern take on the genre.

Even more than her clear voice and passionate performances, Wurst's songwriting has won her praise from various festivals around the Midwest including an award as the NAMA 2010 Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year. Her original songs comprise most of her sophomore album, What's More Honest Than A Song?, released by Fancy Mayhem Records in March of last year.

Wurst intends to continue the folk tradition by sharing her talent for songwriting with others. Prior to her recent performance at the Folk School of St. Louis, Wurst taught workshops for both adults and children at the school as evidence of her conviction. On her song "Ivory Bill," Wurst writes in a folk tradition that reminds the listener of the songs included on Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music. Sung from the perspective of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, a native bird to the Arkansas Delta Region long thought to be extinct, Wurst wrote the song as she worked on a grant writing children's songs about the state for the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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