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Album Review: Amy Sheppard – Nothing But Wild

Artist: Amy Sheppard
Title: Nothing But Wild
Release Date: September 16th 2022
Label: Empire Of Song
Reviewer: Rod Strachan

Amy Sheppard steps out of her famous surnamed band for the first time with the new release EP titled “Nothing But Wild”. This 6 Track EP is the first solo instalment since she burst onto the scene a little over a decade with her siblings.  

“Nothing But Wild” leads the way with an anthemic start to the release. A high energy – up tempo track that has radio friendly vibes written over its blueprint lyrics and arrangement. 

The sands shift with the second track titled “Blue Guitar”. A piano driven ballad that tips the hat to a country sound that fit’s Amy’s vocal range perfectly. A song that will work extremely well not only in a radio rotation but as with the first track, very well live! 

“Sometimes You Learn” continues the country path with yet another well penned track that pushes Amy’s solo material into a totally different stratosphere!  

“Couple Goals” continue the press for the country sound and it’s another case of hitting the jackpot. A song with a great bassline and catchy hooks that gives you that feel good warmth you expect in your favourite songs.  

“Flavour” takes half a step back with its acoustic overtones and brings another side to an over blossoming array of sounds and stunning vocal capabilities that is simply Amy Sheppard! 

“Home To Me” brings this six track EP full circle. An acoustic induced track that compliments the five preceding tracks perfectly and is the foolproof closer to the release.  

Amy has delivered a high-quality release that is in stark contrast sound wise to her previous releases, yet somehow familiar to Sheppard’s bands efforts in the past. This release is an extremely worthy addition to anyone’s collection who simply enjoys great music.  

About Amy Sheppard

Over the past ten years, fans have gotten to know Amy Sheppard as the blue-haired pop powerhouse sharing international stages with her bandmates and siblings George and Emma as the Brisbane trio behind the worldwide hit “Geronimo”, Sheppard.

This year, Amy embarks on an exciting new adventure as a solo country singer, embracing change with the same vivaciousness and authenticity that has endeared her to so many as part of Sheppard.

Raised on country music when growing up in Papua New Guinea, Amy was finally inspired to start writing country songs after her first trip to the CMC Rocks Festival in Ipswich in 2019. After recording in Nashville with award-winning songwriter and producer, Lindsay Rimes (Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts, Kelsea Ballerini) and two years spent finessing the tracks during the pandemic, the project is finally ready to launch.

Combining Amy’s pop sensibility with subtle country arrangements and instrumentation such as pedal steel and slide guitar, the new music also sees her experiment with storytelling more than ever before.

Eager to connect with fans new and old, Amy is primed for a solo turn in the spotlight. The Sheppard story is far from over, but Amy’s new chapter is just beginning

Hear2Zen Magazine
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