Elvie Shane Set To Deliver Transformative Studio Album ‘Damascus’ (Out April 19th)


Thought Provoking “What Do I Know” Out Now

NASHVILLE, TN. – (8th January, 2024) – Full of unflinching honesty rooted in compassionate clarity, BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records singer/songwriter Elvie Shane delivers his most daring work yet with his forthcoming sophomore album DAMASCUS releasing April 19th, available for pre-order/pre-save/pre-add HERE. With each track stepping into the shoes of another, Shane takes pieces of each character he’s met on his path, melding them into one beautifully woven work. The road to Damascus isn’t a journey one takes lightly, yet the album tells the stories of those often untold, giving each testimony a chance to shine through. Shane co-wrote all but one of the songs on the project produced by his frequent collaborator, Oscar Charles.

“I feel like I’ve grown a lot since Backslider. I’ve attained just about everything I ever dreamed of…seen the world and made a living with music. I’ve been on top and back down in the mud,” said Shane.  “In that travel and experience, I’ve paid close attention to people more than anything. I’ve seen a lot of struggle, but in that struggle I found common ground and inspiration. Damascus is a record that aims to pick a fight with what holds people down. Normal every day Blue Collar America…my people. These are not all my stories, but they are all stories I believe to be true. But ‘What do I Know.’”

He’s given listeners a taste of the project with releases of “Baptized,” “Jonesin’” and “Forgotten Man,” with the latter dubbed “an ode to blue-collar workers that exposes the heart-aching realities of the working class” (Billboard), and with his latest track “Pill,” critics praised its gripping honesty as it “further cements Shane as a new voice of the damaged, addicted, and lost in country music” (Rolling Stone).

Building his reputation as an artist “that would do Merle Haggard proud” (Rolling Stone), Elvie Shane reminds us that we’re more alike than different with “What Do I Know,” written by Shane, Oscar Charles, Dan Couch and Jonathan Sherwood. Full of lived-in honesty and fundamental truths, Shane puts his gritty, powerful vocals on display with a mid-tempo version of his classic country-rock sound. Along with the track, Shane shared a moving video for “What Do I Know,” featuring a cameo by John Carter Cash, available to watch HERE.

DAMASCUS Track Listing:
1. Outside Dog – written by Elvie Shane, Oscar Charles, Jonathan Sherwood
2. What Do I Know – written by Elvie Shane, Oscar Charles, Dan Couch, Jonathan Sherwood
3. Jonesin’ (feat. Jenna McClelland) – written by Elvie Shane, Oscar Charles, Ryan Tyndell, Jeremy Spillman
4. Baptized – written by Elvie Shane, Luke Preston, Dan Couch, Oscar Charles
5. Forgotten Man – written by Elvie Shane, Luke Preston, Dan Couch, Oscar Charles
6. Pill – written by Elvie Shane, Lee Starr, Nick Columbia
7. 215634 – written by Elvie Shane, Adam Wood, Ben Chapman8. Appalachian Alchemy – written by Elvie Shane, Luke Preston
9. First Place (feat. Little Big Town) – written by Elvie Shane, Adam Wood, Dan Couch, Jakob Miller
10. Winning Horse – written by Elvie Shane, Dan Couch, Oscar Charles
11. Fan On High – written by Elvie Shane, Driver Williams, Hayes Carll
12. Chicken Shit – written by Elvie Shane, Jeremy Spillman, Ryan Tyndell, Oscar Charles
13. Does Heaven Have A Creek – written by Elvie Shane

(Credit: David McClister)


As a native of small-town Kentucky whose influences range from Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle to classic rock, Gospel, R&B and hip hop, Wheelhouse Records’ Elvie Shane has emerged as a country star with his heart on his sleeve – and as a champion of those with their name on a patch. Breaking out with the Platinum certified Number One single, “My Boy,” the singer/songwriter first took a stand for family values that go far beyond bloodlines, setting himself apart with a deeply felt 2020 tribute to step-parents and their unconditional love. Hailed by critics from Billboard and Rolling Stone to the Nashville Scene and beyond, the track helped launch Shane’s album BACKSLIDER onto multiple Best Of lists, winning over fans with its gritty yet gracious fusion of heartland rock, modern country and stand-for-something purpose. With over 372 million career streams and counting, that fusion often presents itself onstage as a mix of rebellious energy, indelible imagery and working-class pride, and it has made Shane a favourite all across the globe. Pairing his headlining MY KINDA TROUBLE TOUR in 2021 with high-profile opening slots for Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Brothers Osborne, Brooks & Dunn and Lady A, among others, plus country’s biggest festivals and a 2023 tour across the heart of Europe, he capped it all with a nomination for Best New Country Artist at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards, and is now laying the groundwork for a new chapter. Following inclusion on the star studded Stoned Cold Country tribute to The Rolling Stones 60th anniversary (submitting a special version of “Sympathy for the Devil”), Shane’s new tracks include “Pill,” “Jonesin’,” “Baptized” and “Forgotten Man” out now. Rolling Stone praises “Forgotten Man” as it “expertly sums up what it means to be blue-collar in the 21st century in this defiant, angry country single that would do Merle Haggard proud.” An anthem for those chasing the American dream with calloused hands and a weary, but still-believing heart, it’s another example of Shane’s deep-feeling take on country, as a new blue-collar generation arrives. Serving as a table of contents like sneak peek into his forthcoming album Damascus, fans can expect a transformative new sound and exploration of rural culture on his sophomore album.

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