Shantell Ogden releases 4-star follow-up to award-winning album


By Dave Carew 

The beauty of Shantell Ogden’s new album Ghosts in the Field is that it takes the already deep, rich notion of “roots music” (Americana) and poignantly doubles-down on it. This is a roots record about the deep, mystic roots of family, friends, and faith; the “ghosts in the field” are your loved ones living and dead, your memories, the homespun wisdom and decency that others offered as gifts to you, which helped build you. The fact that the album’s seven tracks are also supremely melodic and catchy—sometimes joyfully, sometimes hauntingly—adds another level of richness to an already potent creation.

It’s not easy following up on a record hailed “Best Americana Album of the Year” from the International Music and Entertainment Association (as was Shantell Ogden’s 2013 release Better at Goodbye). But with Ghosts in the Field, Ms. Ogden has risen to the challenge, and then some.

From the title track, which celebrates the specter that is one’s home and past . . . to the perfectly chiseled, poppy anthem “Just a Little” . . . to the reflective, compassionate “Blossom in the Dust”. . . to the R & B/gospel-flavored “As Long as You’re Mine” (which could go toe-to-toe with Eva Cassidy’s version of “People Get Ready”), this album is a gem of musical remembrance, searching, and longing. Shantell Ogden understands how one’s “ghosts in the field” can bring you to places of old shadows and new light. And that musical vision is what makes Ghosts in the Field such an unforgettable new album.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************ Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit: *********** Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you. *********** Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew


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