RF SHANNON IS THE PROJECT OF SHANE RENFRO WHO LIVES somewhere in between austin and los angeles. INTEGRAL TO THE SOUND OFTEN DESCRIBED, IN SHORT, AS DESERT BLUES//COSMIC AMERICANA, IS THE WORK OF MUSICIANS AND ALLIES JEFF RENFRO, AUSTIN BURGE, LUKE DAWSON (CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS), NATHAN DIXEY (THE DAN RYAN), and increasing collaborations with jesse woods.
'HUNTING SONGS', THE GROUP'S FIRST RECORDING, WAS INTENDED AS A DEMO BUT WAS BROUGHT INTO CIRCULATION BY PUNCTUM RECORDS IN MARCH 2014. MET WITH FAVORABLE REVIEWS, RF SHANNON HAS CONTINUED TO PERFORM, WRITE, AND RECORD, CULMINATING IN THE release OF the 'other trails' ep in october 2016 (available on cassette via keeled scales) and Full length 'Jaguar palace' in april 2017 (available online and on vinyl via cosmic dreamer music).
ON HOTEVILLA VIDEO
Hotevilla was the most important song to me going into this new record (JAGUAR PALACE). It was the epitome of our exploration into sparseness and expansiveness musically, and it was lyrically informed by a book about Hopi prophecy that I read on RF Shannon's first tour to the west coast. The book gripped me, so the lyrics reference this deterioration of the sacred from the eye's of Hopi elder Dan Evehema, it just blew me away, all of the imagery up to interpretation, like, "spider web skies" was one in particular. It could be power lines, the "web", chem-trails, memes in the noosphere, so many things! It just got under my skin. I won't go into all of it, its all there, in the song. But I always wanted to make a video for it, although it seemed absurd, being 11 or so minutes long. I watched the inspiring uprising of water protectors at Standing Rock, and soon came to learn about the same situation unfolding in the Trans Pecos region of West Texas. They're doing the same damn thing again and again, these idiots possessed by oil! And far less people are aware of this battle, how its expanded to a southern front, amongst many other places. It just feels hopeless. So this video is.... I don't know. I don't want to say its hopeless, but I knew going into filming it that the pipeline was already near completion, we just wanted to get down there and document the people fighting against it, to weave in the lyrics of dire warnings about what we're doing to this beautiful place and the consequences. My hope is that people will watch the video and see the True West Texas and connect with its wildness, with its strength, and glean some notion of endurance, as this grotesque pipeline gouges right through its heart. I want people to be struck by its beauty, to remember this resistance, no matter how futile it all seems, and keep on the path.To know that we will eventually overcome this destructive urge within our collective beliefs that comes to shape unfortunate realities, and that its up to us to do so, and now is the time we've been given to do it.