The journey that brought Shawn from Connecticut to Nashville led him through Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music where The self taught musician learned that formal instruction wasn’t in the cards. Several garage bands, a near death experience and a stretch living and working with special needs kids at the Perkins School for the Blind brought Shawn to the conclusion that if he was to make music his life then he would need to take the plunge and go where music and creativity can permeate an aspiring artists life. A place where living masters of their trade share songs and licks in famed clubs such as the Douglas Corner and the Bluebird Cafe. In fact it was 2003 that the Bluebird Cafe found their new dishwasher. Shawn scrubbed lightly as to not drown out the songs being shared just beyond the kitchen wall by some of Nashville’s most successful songwriters. During this time Shawn honed his writing and playing skills and not only became one the town’s most sought out guitar slingers (touring with Rodney Atkins, Mark Collie, Ashton Shepherd and Kelleigh Bannen to name just a few) but also became an in demand demo singer working on sessions for Mark Knopfler, Mary Gauthier, Gary Louris and Kristen Hall under the guidance of Grammy winning producer Nathan Chapman. In time it was Shawn’s talents as a writer that got the attention from publishers and major artists alike garnering Shawn a SESAC writers award and around 20 cuts to his name Shawn’s second self produced record “Pine Trees, Cheap Wine and the Moon” released this Sept, 2012 contains 15 masterfully crafted songs that showcases Shawn’s talents not only as a singer/songwriter but also as a guitarist, producer and mixing engineer. An eclectic mix of country infused styles like rockers “The Hardest Fall” and “Boots” to the bluegrass romp “the High Notes” recorded with Grammy nominated and multi IBMA award winners The Grascals. Then there’s the yearning “A Woman Will” and the heartbreaking “Simply Slip Away”. Take a listen a learn why the Nashville Scene calls Shawn Byrne “Nashville’s Best Kept Secret.”
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