Joan Shelley

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Joan Shelley
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Joan Shelley performing with Nathan Salsburg in Whelan's, Dublin in 2017
Background information
Born1985 (age 33–34)
Kentucky, United States
OriginLouisville, Kentucky, United States
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2010-present
Associated actsNathan Salsburg, Maiden Radio, Will Oldham, Bonnie Prince Billy, Jeff Tweedy, Tyler Ramsey

Joan Shelley (born in 1985) is an American folk musician from Louisville, Kentucky, United States.

Shelley has a released a number of studio recordings. Her second album, Ginko, and third album Farthest Field (with Daniel Martin Moore) were released in 2012 on Ol Kentuck.[1] In 2014, Shelley released her fourth album, Electric Ursa, on No Quarter Records.[2][3][4] In 2015, Shelley released her fifth album, Over and Even, on No Quarter.[5][6] In 2017, Shelley released her eponymous sixth album.[7][8][9] Her seventh album, Like the River Loves the Sea, was released in 2019.[10]


Studio albums[9]

  • By Dawnlight (2010, self-released)
  • Ginko (2012, Ol Kentuck/ok recordings)
  • Farthest Field – Daniel Martin Moore & Joan Shelley (2012, Ol Kentuck)
  • Electric Ursa (2014, No Quarter)
  • Over and Even (2015, No Quarter)
  • Joan Shelley (2017, No Quarter)
  • Rivers & Vessels (2018, self-released on Bandcamp)
  • Like the River Loves the Sea (2019, No Quarter)

with Maiden Radio (Maiden Radio are: Joan Shelley, Julia Purcell and Cheyenne Marie Mize)

  • Maiden Radio (2010, self-released)
  • Lullabies (2011, Ol Kentuck)
  • Wolvering (2015, ok recordings)


  • "Cost of the Cold" (2016, No Quarter)


  1. ^ Fogel, Tiffanie. "2016 Gladden House Sessions: Joan Shelley". WOUB-FM. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. ^ Currin, Grayson. "Joan Shelley: Electric Ursa". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  3. ^ "15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2014". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  4. ^ Bowe, Miles. "Stream Joan Shelley Electric Ursa". Stereogum. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  5. ^ Currin, Grayson. "Joan Shelley: Over and Even". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  6. ^ Breihan, Tom. "Album Of The Week: Joan Shelley Over And Even". Stereogum. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  7. ^ Browne, David. "Review: Joan Shelley's Self-Titled Fourth LP Is Exquisitely Hushed Folk". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  8. ^ Lees, Alasdair. "Joan Shelley on her new album, Leonard Cohen and working with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy". The Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Joan Shelly: Listen". Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  10. ^ Freeman, Jon; Freeman, Jon (2019-09-03). "Joan Shelley's 'Like the River Loves the Sea' is an Intimate Study in Beauty and Sorrow". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-09-05.

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