Monday, May 7, 2007

Not Just Another Bubble Gum Pop Princess

Written by John from Altjiranga Mitjina

She’s just 16. She’s cute. She sings. She’s from Louisiana. You probably think you know who I’m talking about, but you’re wrong. It’s Amanda Shaw. This young girl is a far cry from the processed music of Brittney. Amanda plays cajun music with a fiddle. She covers everything from a traditional cajun song to a cover of Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” to the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”.

She’s been playing for years and she’s only 16 now. This year will mark her third appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She’s a popular favorite. So far she has two cds out, I’m Not A Bubble Gum Pop Princess and a live recording of last year’s Jazz Fest show. Her excitement on this live album is infectious, you can tell she is having the best time of her life up there on the stage singing and talking to the audience. One her studio album she sings songs in French and then turns around and sings the punk classic by the Clash.

She’s recently been signed to Rounder Records and is busy working on a new studio album to come out later this year. Rounder has paired her with some veteran singer/songwriters from Louisiana like Shannon McNally and Anders Osborne to work on material for this album.

Keep an eye and ear out for her new release. Amanda won’t be the song you here on the radio that is so formulaic that any singer could have recorded it, hers will be the song that speaks true and is sung in her voice and when you hear that fiddle you’ll know it’s her.

One note, I couldn’t link to any site of hers that had music on it. She has a web page at, but to tell the truth it leaves more than a little to be desired. It doesn’t even contain a decent bio of her, much less any music. And there’s no myspace page. Hopefully with Rounder in the act now, that will change soon and you’ll be able to go to her page and sample some of her music.

Instead of working on his blog altjirangamitjina John Holland is wandering the wilds of Washington D.C. this week, hoping to catch sight of that fabled creature, an honest politican


Suburban Oblivion said...

I'll have to check her out, thanks!!!

Surviving Motherhood said...

it is a shame she doesn't have a myspace or website so we could listen to a sample. Will keep her name in mind though incase I see anything in the future.

melody said...

I have always been amazed at young musical talent, real talent. Watching and listening to anyone play a fiddle or violin is amazing to me. The sounds they can produce from it are amazing. Thanks for the recommendation.

JohnH985 said...

I've put a clip from a show that featured Amanda Shaw up on my blog, so if anyone wants to at least hear a little something from her, check it out..

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