Joan Shelley on Recording in Iceland, Saving the Environment, and Leaving Kentucky

Louisville folk singer-songwriter chats up her new album, Like the River Loves the Sea

Kyle Meredith With... Joan Shelley

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Joan Shelley has been getting huge praise both here and overseas for her latest record, Like the River Loves the Sea. Recently, the Louisville folk musician sat down with Kyle Meredith to talk about leaving Kentucky to record in Iceland and what that environment meant to the songs. She also discussed the power of a whisper, working with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, how the environment plays a prominent role in songs like “The Fading”, and why she rewrote a Hank Williams song after hearing news about the Amazon rain forests.

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Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.

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