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Southern Gothic
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Modern Rock Review names Southern Gothic to its Choice 5 CD’s for March

Modern Rock Review just named Southern Gothic in its Choice 5 CD’s for March. Check it out! If you haven’t listened to Southern Gothic, it’s available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon. Read more & watch the video at The […]

The Memphis Flyer Debuts World Premiere of “Life on the River”

We’re excited to announce The Memphis Flyer has just debuted the world premiere of our music video “Life on the River”, directed by Patsy Detroit. Click to watch the video and read more… If you haven’t listened to Southern Gothic, […]

MusoScribe says The Shoe Birds Conjure the Ghosts of Big Star

Bill Kopps of MusoScribe gives Kudzu Rock kudos to The Shoe Birds debut CD, saying the album: “…features heartfelt lyrics coupled with memorable, hooky song craft. At its best, Southern Gothic conjures the ghosts of Big Star without copying their […]

The Shoe Birds Reviewed at Jersey Beat

The Shoe Birds rock another great review from the Jersey Beat music blog: “Delivering eight songs worth of marvelously moody and melodic Southern-flavored pop-rock, this band really scores a bull’s eye with their debut album.” Thanks to Joe Wawrzyniak for […]

TSB’s “Rhythms of Love” Makes Top 10 DJ Mix

The Shoe Birds “Rhythms of Love” made the Top 10 DJ Mix list at MixCloud by Chuck Foster at The Big Takeover. Pop over to hear his mix and follow Chuck. Southern Gothic is available on iTunes, CD Baby and […]

The Shoe Birds Make Broadway World News

If you ever wanted to know more about The Shoe Birds debut album Southern Gothic, head over to Broadway World to get the scoop. Here are a few of the things you’ll learn: How The Shoe Birds got their name; […]

Another Solid Review for “Southern Gothic”

Pittsburgh In Tune rates “Southern Gothic” a solid 3 out of 5 stars, saying: “The resulting album is solid, if not spectacular.” Read the entire review here. Southern Gothic is available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.  

PopMatters Debuts “You Leave Me Blind”

The music blog PopMatters debuted The Shoe Birds’ “You Leave Me Blind” from our debut CD Southern Gothic, describing it as an “anthemic, driving pop/rock number that culminates in its sing-along ready chorus”; while at the same time comparing Scott […]

The Big Takeover Reviews The Shoe Birds Southern Gothic

The Shoe Birds are off to a flying start with our debut album Southern Gothic. It’s truly humbling, heartwarming and inspiring to have our music compared to Tom Petty, Don Henley, Blue Oyster Cult, Led Zeppelin and REM — all […]

The Shoe Birds Spotted in California

Spotted in California…a guy in a Shoe Birds tee-shirt. Wonder what he’s listening to?        


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Check out The Shoe Birds photos playing music, hanging out with friends and experiencing life on the river in the Mississippi Delta.

The Shoe Birds

Hailing from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, steeped in the literary traditions of Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Walker Percy and Flannery O’Connor, The Shoe Birds take their music beyond the southern lexicon, and onto the world stage.

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Named after the only children’s book acclaimed Southern author Eudora Welty ever wrote, Mississippi based indie pop/rock band, The Shoe Birds bring their debut album “Southern Gothic” to a world-wide audience.

Eudora Welty’s book has been compared to a modern day Aesop’s fable, with the moral of the story being “think for yourself” — which is the goal for the band’s founders, Scott Coopwood (guitars, background vocals) and Norman Adcox (lead vocals, guitars). Coopwood and Adcox worked hard to create music with its own sound and message that stays true to themes from the heart, telling stories influenced by growing up and living in the Mississippi Delta, Mississippi and Memphis. With Barry Bays (bass) and Brian Schilling (drums), The Shoe Birds have been developing a reputation for their hook filled tunes, influenced by the South’s rich culture and music, as well as its literary heritage.

Southern Gothic was produced by Coopwood and recorded by Mike Iacopelli (Aretha Franklin, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Keith Richards) at Court Street Records in Cleveland, Mississippi and by Mike Stankiewicz at the historic Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville. The record features an allstar cast of studio musicians – guitarist Pat Buchanan (Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates); drummer Greg Morrow (Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire)); keyboardist Tony Harrell (Amy Grant, Don Henley), and Nashville studio pro, Alison Prestwood (bass). Longtime Nashville steel guitar player, Russ Pahl (Elton John, Kings of Leon, John Hiatt, Luke Bryan, and others) also played on the record.

The first single from the record, “You Leave Me Blind”, is lush-pop/rock perfection, with steadily driving verses. The song “talks about the bitterness and heartache that follows a breakup with someone you cared deeply about, only to find out that person was in love with someone else“, says Adcox. “When that happens, it often cuts off the tunnel that carries light from the outside world to your heart, making you blind to new relationships and feelings. This song was a way to move forward from that experience.”

Talking about the track “Gravity”, he says, “It’s the realization that all things are affected by life’s experiences and how the one constant in life is the pull of gravity on everything that we do. No one escapes it and in the end we learn from it if we’re lucky.”

“Life on the River” explores the dislocation of starting a new life in a new place. Adcox says, “I remember when I first moved to Memphis the river and its downtown seemed a million miles away from the small rural Mississippi town where I grew up. For me, the one common thread running throughout this transition was the Mississippi River and how it connects everything. I always find comfort in watching the river flow past the bluffs. Sometimes I imagine it washes away my troubles just like it erodes its own banks, eventually washing the silt down to the Mississippi delta, then out to sea.”

The Shoe Birds’ Southern Gothic promises to draw you in with their sound and leave you wanting more.

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