Shannon Wurst’s latest single “Memories I Hold” is a captivating slice of Americana nostalgia that effortlessly tugs at the heartstrings. The track is a deeply personal reflection on the painful task of cleaning out a loved one’s house after their passing, and Shannon’s evocative and emotional songwriting captures the sense of longing and loss perfectly.
“That one was hard to write. I spent a lot of time at that house growing up and I have so many memories from there,” she details.
The acoustic core of the track is beautifully complemented by sensually expressive vocals and mournful pedal steel playing, which is expertly handled by Ryan Engleman of the Turnpike Troubadours and his bandmate, Gabe Pearson on drums. With lines like “Time takes all the good stuff, ‘cept these Memories I hold,” Shannon paints vivid pictures and snapshotting feelings of longing that resonate deeply with the listener.
Shannon’s music is best described as Ozark Americana and steeped in the outlaw country tradition of courageously confessional songwriting. Her delicately powerful vocals and emotive first-person narratives make for a brave and sage messaging that draws favorable comparisons to the likes of Margo Price and Lucinda Williams.
“Memories I Hold” is a beautiful and poignant tribute to the power of memories and the emotions they evoke. Fans of Americana and country music will undoubtedly find a lot to love in Shannon Wurst’s latest offering.
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