Everything about pop/rock band The Shoe Birds screams of a steadfast allegiance to the Deep South, specifically the band’s home state of Mississippi. Co-founders Scott Coopwood and Norman Adcox met at Ole Miss and eventually named the band after a children’s story written by acclaimed author Eudora Welty, a native Mississippian.
The music on The Shoe Birds’ debut album “Southern Gothic” is influenced by Southern culture and its rich literary heritage. The songs were written by Coopwood and Adcox between 1984-90 but languished on a shelf until recently. The Shoe Birds went into the studio and those dusty demos were brought to life.
“We stuck closely to the demos because we wanted to keep the spirit and sound of that era,” Coopwood says of the eight-track, 30-minute platter. “We didn’t want to beat the songs to death or ‘slick them up.’ We wanted to capture the raw emotions of each song. And we had a ‘two-take rule,’ meaning that we recorded all of the songs twice and chose the best take.”
The resulting album is solid, if not spectacular. “Southern Gothic” figures to be one of those records that are perfectly fun to listen to but not one you’ll remember once the record stops spinning. Highlights here include “Can’t Stop the Rain,” “Old Man,” personal favorite “Tell Me Mother” and “Rhythms of Love.” Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)