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NEW for 2014: "The Green Porch Sessions"

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"I've worked in radio since 1963, and over the years I've learned to recognize talent. I heard Shane Cooley at a coffeehouse, outside in the Austin summer. There was something in his sound that made me want to listen. The more I did, the better I liked him. He's also got the drive that I think, combined with his singing, playing, and songwriting talents, makes him someone to pay attention to."
~John Aielli, Host of "Eklektikos, KUTX NPR Radio, Austin, TX

"Shane Cooley, the man with a smooth name and a sound to match, brought something special to the stage at Ebenezers Coffeehouse in Washington D.C. Singer, songwriter, and veritable one-man band, Cooley wears many hats."
~Michael Cohen, Magazine 33

"Shane Cooley is a man who has visions. This EP is a crystal ball: "San Diego, you've still got something to say." "California, can't you be just a little bit kinder." And check out these lines 21st Century: My heart isn't broken, it's frozen/In a century where I don't belong/Where spirited men are broken in/To a world that looks safe, but it's not." Damn. Prepare to gaze deeply into the crystal ball known as West Land.
Nothing moves Shane Cooley like writing a song."
~Sammy, New Music Ten Blog

"With his harmonica blowing, feet stomping and guitar shredding, Shane Cooley lit the night up and gave the audience all that we could ask for - short of setting his guitar on fire. I was blown away by his epic performance. His standing on a chair with the crowd rocking and his fist held high embodied, for me, the spirit of folk music."
~Michael Cohen, Magazine 33

"As Cooley explains most of your favorite artists are not born of natural talent. It takes drive, dedication and precision to develop the clarity in the voice pitch and sharpness in the tone. Clearly his heartfelt drive and his passionate love for music have nourished Cooley into the accomplished and talented young musician he is today."
~Jay Espy, Yahoo Associated Content

"In a world full of dog eat dog ladder climbing, Shane Cooley is a bright and positive influence.He's been writing songs since he was 13 years old and has applied much study as to what works and what is real in his life and ultimately, his music."
~John Pfeiffer, Aquarian Magazine, Shoreworld

"The busy student-musician also found time to perform at the 2010 South By Southwest Music and Film Interactive (SXSW), a well-known music festival held annually in Austin, Texas. He earned his spot there through the USA Songwriting Contest. Cooley explained that performing at SXSW was "a blast," and that he met a lot of musicians and got to spend time with some of his favorite bands."
~Hayley Soohoo, W&M Alumni Magazine

"West Land showcases Shane Cooley's dedication to the art of the song as much as it reflects his life on the road in America."
~Danny McCloskey, Alternate Root Magazine

There is a heart-stopping conviction to the words written and sung by Shane Cooley. His poetry serves up a slice of life that is equally beautiful and truthful. He also inherits his distinctive voice from his 3rd cousin, the late Hollywood actor and entertainer Sterling Holloway (known particularly for being the cartoon voice of Disney's Winnie the Pooh and many others). Whether he's performing his folky, intimate solo sets, or pumping out intricately cathartic indie-folk-rock with his band, The Lucky Kings, Cooley's shows are consistently moving. The 27-year-old has earned his battle scars from years of touring the United States and Europe, independent and self-managed. Originally from rural Virginia, he is currently working out of the music Mecca of Austin, TX, where he is quickly gaining momentum.



July 18, 2014

Did you know Shane is a distant cousin of character actor great - Sterling Holloway.   You may know Sterling from his distinctive voice - he was the original Winnie the Pooh and also created many other Disney character voices.   He starred in early television shows including The Twilight Zone, Life of Riley and the Adventures of Superman. Sterling has an extensive filmography to include television and movies - he was even in "Live a Little, Love a Little" with Elvis Presley.

Sterling on YouTube
Sterling on Facebook



May 4, 2014

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May 1, 2014

I've been back in Virginia for a couple days now, and I have to say it feels good to be back home. I flew into Richmond from Austin to put finishing touches on an upcoming solo album I'm working on (more TBA), and I'm also playing a free show at Capital Ale House Music Hall (619 E Main St) on Saturday from 5pm-8pm with Paulo Franco and a full band. It'll be my only Virginia performance this go-around, so be there with bells on, if you can..if you may.

Paulo, myself and bassist Turtle Zwadlo performed a couple tunes on CBS 6 "Virginia This Morning" earlier today..always a pleasure. You can see it yourself in the archived video at this link: Virginia This Morning Videos


-Saturday, May 3 @ 5pm: Capital Ale House Music Hall - 619 E Main St, Richmond, VA
-Thursday, May 15 @ 6:30pm: Bottecellis - 1321 S Congress - Austin, TX
-Friday, May 16 @ 6pm: Homespun, 131 E Mercer - Dripping Springs, TX
-Thursday, May 22 @ 8pm: Freddie's Place - 1703 S. 1st St - Austin, TX (Shane Cooley & The Lucky Kings)
-Friday, May 30 @ 6pm: Homespun - 131 E Mercer - Dripping Springs, TX
-Friday, June 13 @ 6pm: Homespun - 131 E Mercer - Dripping Springs, TX
-Friday, June 20 @ 8pm: The Buzz Mill - 1505 Town Creek Rd - Austin, TX (Shane Cooley & The Lucky Kings)
-Wednesday, June 25 @ 8pm: Baker St Pub - 3003 S. Lamar - Austin, TX (Shane Cooley & The Lucky Kings)
-Friday, June 27 @ 6pm: Homespun -131 E Mercer - Dripping Springs, TX

As always, thank you for your sweet time.


April 27, 2014
Next up, Virginia bound for a hometown visit in early May. The two week working break will include a show in Richmond at the Capital Ale House on May 3 from 5-8 pm.


March 26, 2014
Howdy. I hope this finds you all well! I had a great SXSW with some outstanding unofficial showcases, and now it's time to hit the road for a bit. I thought I'd give everyone a head's up on my upcoming tour with Joanna Barbera! We kick off the tour with a going-away bash in Austin at Holy Mountain on Thursday, and then we're off on a sweet little circle around the South (Dallas, Nashville, Birmingham, Ocean Springs, New Orleans, Lafayette). - Shane

Here are the dates:

  • Thursday, March 27: Holy Mountain (with Aisha Burns and Jason Anderson) - 617 E 7th St, Austin, TX
  • Saturday, March 29: house show in Dallas, TX (10pm)
  • Sunday, March 30: Barley House - 5612 SMU Blvd, Dallas, TX (8:30pm)
  • Wednesday, April 2: The East Room (with Lauren Strange and Carla Cappa) -2412 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN (7pm)
  • Thursday, April 3: The Nick (with Post War and Patrick Sweany) - 2514 10th Ave S. Birmingham, Al (10pm)
  • Friday, April 4: Big O's -1219 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS (time TBA)
  • Monday, April 7: Circle Bar - 1032 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA (10pm)
  • Wednesday, April 9: Artmosphere (with The Misery Jackals) - 902 Johnston St (10:30pm)


March 25, 2014
Austin Music Minute:


Article on do512blog.com


SXSW Film & Music Festival
Shane will be performing in and around Austin during the SXSW Fest (March 7-14) - a major event for music artists.   Venues include Homespun, RedGorilla Showcase @ Bourbon Girl, Bottecelli's and Baker Steet Pub and Grill.


March 2014< br/> Shane can be seen in the bar scene of this Cirrus Logic commerical that was shot in Austin, TX.   He has a beard and is in the background talking to a girl and looking at his phone.   Ah...sure this wasn't real life?

"Shane is in this commercial" Cirrus Logic. Look for Shane in bar scene.


Happy February!
Life here in Austin has been keeping me pretty busy, which suits me just fine.   The shows have been great, and I'm meeting and learning from great singer/songwriters every day.  I was even filmed as an extra in a Cirrus logic commercial, as if music wasn't enough!

There are a lot of things coming up, so I'll try to list them all:

  • This coming Friday, for Valentine's Day, I am going to release my new song "King of Love" as a free download.   I recorded it in Austin at PJ Herrington's studio (Asleep at the Wheel), for Austin publication RAW PAW's upcoming "Dream" mixtape.   I'll send out a link on February 14 that will make the free download available to the public.
  • I'll be appearing solo on KUTX 98.9fm in Austin as a guest on John Aelli's "Eklektikos" show on February 27 at 11am. I'll be performing two songs live in the studio.

  • MONDAY, February 10 @ 9pm: The Blackheart (86 Rainey St., Austin, TX) opening for Horti of Whiskey Shivers and Benjamin Ballinger
  • Saturday, February 15 @ 2pm: Bell Springs Winery (3700 Bell Springs Rd, Dripping Springs, TX)
  • Thursday, February 27 @ 6pm: Bottecelli's (1321 S. Congress, Austin, TX) *SPECIAL PERFORMANCE with Paulo Franco and Virginia musicians Dan Sessler and Turtle Zwaldo to promote The Green Porch Sessions)
  • Thursday, March 6 @ 6pm: Freddie's Place (1703 S. 1st St. , Austin, TX) SXSW Eve
  • Thursday, March 13 @ 5pm: unofficial SXSW showcase at Bottecelli's (1321 S. Congress, Austin, TX) with Chris Denny, Danny Malone, Graham Wilkinson and Shawn Nelson
  • Friday, March 14 @ 5pm: unofficial SXSW show at Baker St. Pub (3003 S. Lamar, Austin, TX)
  • **March 26- early April: tour with Joanna Barbera (more TBA)..shows confirmed in Dallas, Nashville and Birmingham **ANYONE WANT TO HOST A HOUSE CONCERT in Little Rock, Nashville, Birmingham, New Orleans or Houston?

Paulo Franco and I are also proud to have our co-write, "Married in a Black Dress" selected as part of the 30/30/30 campaign to end violence against women. You can find out more about this cause at 30/30/30, the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project.

I also want to thank Waterloo Records in Austin for selling copies of The Green Porch Sessions!

Here is a list of all of the radio stations that have been playing tracks from the EP (available at Bandcamp):

**You can request songs from the new EP at the facebook links above!

..until next time!!


NEW 2014 EP! "THE GREEN PORCH SESSIONS" - with Paulo Franco

Available at: Bandcamp

The Green Porch Sessions is a collection of co-writes that Shane and Paulo wrote sitting on Paulo's green-painted porch in Richmond, as well as a couple of their solo tunes. Veering a little more in the country rock direction, these six songs all tell tales, from the love story of Paulo's parents in "Married in a Black Dress," to a man haunted by the lover he wrongfully murdered in "She Comes Calling," to a Tennessee troubadour who moved to Texas out of love for his idol, Townes Van Zandt, in "It Just Ain't Texas Without You." It also includes Shane's tune "Elizabeth City," which has become a crowd favorite. The EP was engineered, mixed and mastered in Richmond by Bob Rupe (Cracker, The Silos, Sparklehorse).

You can get a taste of it if you listen to the recorded podcast from 102.1 the X Studio B. The podcast features Paulo and I doing acoustic versions of three of the tunes from the EP, as well as two cuts from the disc itself! Special thanks to Jay Smack for hosting, Dan-O Deckleman for recording the session at Snake Oil Recording, and Chandler Moulton for posting photos from the session at Area Code Greetings

On You Tube: "She Comes Calling" - at Capital Ale House, Richmond, VA


September 22, 2013 - Arrived in Austin!

Shane will be trying out the music scene in Austin for a while. He loves the city and it's a music lovers paradise.

Want the 411 on Austin, TX? Check out the info and links below.

AustinTexas.org Music Page - Live Music Capital of the World
Austin360.com - what Austin Does
Forbes.com - Austin Info & Facts
The Austin Chronicle - Music Calendar


September 16-20, 2013

Shane hit the road for a stay in Austin, TX.   Along the way, he played in Savannah, GA and Lafayette, LA. He even made an appearance at Gator Lou's in FL.   Austin is where Shane has felt a real connection to and it is an awesome music town, to say the least.   Shane will be performing often at various venue's in and around Austin.


September 16, 2013

Shane joined friend and fellow singer/songwriter Paulo Franco and his Band on WTVR Channel 6, "Virginia This Morning. They performed 2 new songs that they wrote together and that will be on their upcoming EP. After the show, Shane hit the road, bound for Austin.

Paulo Franco & The Rateros

Virginia This Morning Videos with Shane and Paulo


September 12, 2013

Shane has been in the studio recording some of his new songs with friend and fellow singer-songwriter Paulo Franco.


August 24, 2013 at 11:30am

Shane gave a free workshop presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music. He also be performed as part of the Writers in the Round at 1:30pm on the main stage.

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA


August 1, 2013

BAck on the East Coast, Shane traveled north for a mini-tour. 3 days at The Jetties in Nantucket and then on to Musikfest outside of Philly in Bethlehem, PA. This will be his 3rd summer at both awesome venues.


June 28, 2013

Waterloo Records

Shane's newest CD's, "West Land" and "When It Rains, It Pours", are available at Waterloo Records!

SHANE ON KUTX! - Austin - TX

June 26, 2013

Shane - Stage to Studio! - Radio KUTX in Austin

"Last month we introduced you to our new series, Stage to Studio, where a few select artists who have played the monthly Open Mic at the Cactus Cafe are chosen to come by the KUTX studio and record some of their original songs.

This month we were thrilled to record five more exceptional artists:
Shane Cooley serves up his songs as slices of life, inspired by his own experiences but immediately relevant for his listeners. Shane pioneers the road as much as he does the modern folk scene, booking his own tours throughout the United States and Europe, and that wanderlust is neatly reflected in his songs. More on the other artists at KUTX " - From KUTX Radio Website


May 19, 2013 at 10:30am
Hunter at Sunrise

"Yes, you've seen him on the cover of VEER Magazine or maybe playing someplace in town...now you'll hear Shane Cooley's return to Hunter At Sunrise this Sunday morning. After his first time on Sunrise when he was just 17, Shane has been on a tear, recording several EPs and albums. His latest disc is When It Rains, It Pours, released last November. Yes, Shane has been on our show several times over the years and it will be nice to catch up with what he is doing. Join us this Sunday morning for a live acoustic session with Shane Cooley." Hunter Hughes, Hunter at Sunrise


A note from Shane:
Next week I will be returning to Virginia to perform at the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival, put on by Tidewater Arts Outreach. This will be a fantastic event, and I am honored to be a part of it. I was also chosen for the cover shot of VEER Magazine (available in print at restaurants and stores in Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg) to promote the festival, which you can view here:
VEER Magazine.

READ "Shane Cooley plays Urban Outfitters" (pdf file)
SEE ad promo in VEER Magazine (pdf file)

Also, tune into 89.5fm WHRV on Thursday, April 4 to hear my interview with Paul Shugrue, and keep an eye out in the Daily Press as well online and print by Sam McDonald.

"Shane Cooley Rambling Tunesmith" by Sam McDonald

There will be many great events throughout the festival. It will be an excellent homecoming, so I hope to see you there!

Friday, April 5 at 6pm
Urban Outfitters on Granby Street

Norfolk, VA
*presented by VEER Magazine and RiverNotes House Concerts


Shane was chosen feature for VEER Magazine, Hampton Roads' alternative source for news, art, culture, entertainment and dining.
Shane on VEER Magazine


Special performance in Richmond as "An Evening With Shane Cooley," at Capital Ale House Music Hall. This will be a free show.

Friday, April 12 at 9pm
Capital Ale House Music Hall

619 E Main St, Richmond, VA



Shane was chosen as a finalist for Best Male Artist for the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song "Kill You With Kindness".

IAMA is a worldwide competition and the winners are chosen by a panel of judges. It promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. View the winners at IAMA by clicking on the logo, scroll down to Best Male Artist to view Shane's name.

Go to IAMA


Shane and fellow singer-songwriter and great friend, Adam Smith, will be performing at the Sedona International Film Festival starting February 25th. This will be Shane's 3rd time out at the festival and it is always an awesome an inspiring week of gigs!


Here is a listing of Shane's tours and notable performances in 2012:

  • January: 30A Songwriters Festival - South Walton, FL
  • February - March: West Tour with Adam Smith - Arizona, California, Texas
  • April 2: 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC
  • April 5-8: Tidewater Tour with Adam Smith & Adam Web - Virginia
  • April 17-23: Nashville with Andrew Dack - Tennessee
  • May 3-20: The Night Is Young European Tour with Curtis Prince - Germany, Netherlands, UK
  • June: North Carolina Tour
  • July 1: 100th Anniversary Lilian Lumber - Virginia
  • July 5: CBGB Music Festival - New York City
  • August: Heart on a Suitcase Tour - Virginia to Maine
  • September: Cross-Atlantic Songs with Adrian H.Z. Kunzmann
  • October 25: With Adam Smith (Adam's CD Release) - Hard Rock Cafe, Phoenix, AZ
  • November 2 Urbanna Oyster Festival - Virginia
  • November 17: Arts on the Main (CD Release/"When It Rains, It Pours") - Virginia
  • December 6: The Camel, Richmond, VA
  • December 29: Good Luck Cellars 2012 Celebration, Kilmarnock, VA


"When It Rains, It Pours" By Shane Cooley
Release date: November 17, 2012
12 songs!

Available exclusively on BandCamp
Streaming in full at SoundCloud


"Some musicians just can't stand still. On Nov. 17, Shane Cooley will release a new album, 'When It Rains, It Pours'. The disc was recorded in Phoenix, Arizona, and was produced by Adam Smith." ~

Shane Cooley is releasing a new disc Nov. 17. Read the new article by Sam McDonald, The Daily Press


(November 1st, 2012) A big thank you from Shane to all his fans for continually voting for him on Wills Room Live! Shane won the Overall Best Unsigned Male Artist and the November Best Unsigned Artist. Shane is currently being showcase on Wills Room Live.


(November 2nd, 2012) Shane played 2 sets of Friday & Saturday to a full house of fun lovin', song singin', dancin' fans at at Cafe Mojo on Virginia Street for their own Mojo's Music Festival. The event was part of the fabulously famous Urbanna Oyster Festival.


(October 2012) On October 25th, Shane performed in Phoenix to celebrate with his friend Adam Smith as he kicked off his the advanced release of his new CD, "Around the Bend". Shane started it off with a solo set, followed by Phoenix's own Tina Angotti. Shane later playing acoustic & electric guitars, as well as a little bass in Adam Smith's band, Radio Hill.


(September 18th, 2012) Shane was featured on the television morning show, "Virginia This Morning" with CBS Meterologist and fan, Carrie Rose.

Shane Cooley Interview


(September 2012) Virginia-based singer/songwriters, Shane Cooley and Curtis Prince, embarked upon a European tour in May 2012. The idea for the tour was sparked when Shane met German songsmith Adrian H.Z. Kunzmann on a plane. Adrian invited Shane to perform with him in Frankfurt, marking the three artists' first "Cross-Atlantic Songs" performance. Adrian, in turn, is currently on tour in the United States, kicking things off in Virginia perfroming with Shane and Curtis Prince at the Capital Ale House.


(September 2012) Shane's latest release, West Land, was selected as the September 2012 Blog for NewMusicTen.


(May 2012) Shane and fellow songwriter, Curtis Prince, set out for a musicians adventure of playing gigs in Europe. This, their first tour abroad, took them to Germany, Amsterdam and England. Both Shane and Curtis loved every minute of it, from performing for enthusiastic crowds to being a tourist and taking in all the incredible scenery and sights. The people were warm and receptive and they can't wait to go again.
It started with chance seats on a plane trip back from Prague, where Shane was on a vacation. German songsmith Adrian H.Z. Kunzmann was sitting nearby and on the long trip, they discovered they were both singer/songwriters. Over the next few months, the tour was born with a stop to play with Adrian and his band. Next, Adrian will be coming to the U.S. and playing in VA with Shane.
Curtis Prince


(February 2012) Shane toured with Adam Smith Adam Smith to perform in Phoenix, Sedona, Los Angeles, San Diego and Austin. This will be their fourth tour together. Highlights of the tour include the Sedona International Film Festival, WitzEnd Live in Venice, CA and a few shows during SXSW in Austin.

Some of the artists we will be performing with along the way are:
Homesick Elephant
Rosa Wallace (show in Phoenix)
Adam Web (several Virginia shows in April)


(January 2012) I had such a great time performing at the 30A Songwriter Festival in South Walton, Florida last month. I rubbed elbows with so many hit songwriters and incredible artists. It was a great way to start the year. Here's a video from the show, courtesy of Neofilm Productions: Neofilm Video. - Shane


(October 2011) One of Shane's older tunes, "Come Back" was used in an independent film entitled "Rough Draft" by Caitlin Clements. The film also included music from Carbon Leaf and Graham Colton and it was screened at the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg, VA, as well as at festivals in Ohio and Brooklyn, NY. To find out more about the film, go to Rough Draft Movie.


(September 2011) 'Renowned Americana publication The Alternate Root Magazine recently did a two-page spread on my new album, West Land. The cool thing is that this review was pressed in The Alternate Root's first ever print release. The magazine has gained acclaim as an online source for folk and Americana music, and now is making history by going print. The Magazine also comes with a sampler CD, which includes my song "California Nights." - Shane

The Alternate Root


(September 2011) Shane was featured in the Northern Neck News which focused on his benefit on September 10th for the American Red Cross/Hurricane Irene at "Inspiration Elevation", a program created by teacher, Cleveland Winfield.
Northern Neck News Article


(June 2011) When Shane last played at Ebenzer's in Washington, DC he was interviewed by reporter Michael Cohen. Check out the awesome article and great pics!
Magazine 33 Article 'Shane Cooley", By Correspondent Michael Cohen, June 1, 2011.


(May 2011) Shane was able to help raise $6200 for the Zoar Baptist Church with his benefit concert. Thanks to all that came and to all that donated towards this worthy cause! As you can see, the April 2011 tornado took a "bite"out of the middle of the church leaving both ends intact including the big beautiful oak tree.   Below is a closeup of where the tornado cut the brick and cinderblock into shreds.   The pastor and his wife were inside but luckily (& miraculously) emerged unharmed.


(2011) Shane received Runner-up for "Best Male Artist" in the 7th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. As the name suggests, it is a worldwide competition, and a very big deal. View the winners at IAMA by clicking on the logo, scroll down to 7th Annual to view Shane's name.

Go to IAMA

Updated August 27th, 2014