Texas born, Mississippi-bred singer-songwriter Krista Shows released her latest album, Here We Go, earlier this year. The nine-song set was recorded live in a grain bin in Mississippi over two days in October with only two microphones, a few guitars, and no overdubs, on analog tape. The album, all penned by Shaw except for two covers, is a no-frills collection of songs that are simple, raw and honest, cutting to the bone via weighty lyrics and Shaw's distinctively intense vocals.
Here We Go leads off with "Full of Sin" a candid story of identity, which is followed by "For Whom The Bell Tolls" a tale of true love, and "22" which reflects on the age when it's time to face reality.
The daughter of a preacher, Shaw's originals as well as her covers, reflect her upbringing. There's a sense of being lonely, but never alone with God by one's side on "Orphan In The Land" as well as "Prone To Wander" which reflects on the passage of time and religion and the spiritual "Glory Glory" (with some nice steel work from Scott Sharpe). Shaw rounds things out with the topical "Hell or Highwater" which encourages the need to love one another and a loving rendition of the traditional gospel song, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."
While there's a sense of internal complexity or struggle to Shaw's lyrics, there's also a serenity and simplicity present on Here We Go that reaches out to the listener as something intimate and incredibly sincere. Give it a listen.