By on September 11, 2012

We’re From Here, a Simple Answer to a Complicated Question

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray spent all of last year on the road, and without fail at every show, someone would ask, “So, where are you from?,” which would always lead to a bit of stammering, “Well, Miss Shevaughn was born in Arkansas and grew up in Louisiana, Yuma grew up internationally. We met in D.C. then again in Chicago…” To further complicate matters, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray had to leave behind their lives and apartment in Chicago in order to be able to afford to be on the road full-time. That left the duo living in their Honda Element for most of 2011.

  We’re From Here is a simple answer to that complicated question. Written and recorded over a year on the road, this debut album is a classic American road trip story, unfolding both the personal and family histories as well as the musical influences informing both songwriters.

“We discovered so many wonderful people and places in our travels. We also discovered that there was a rock band inside of us waiting to come out.” – Miss Shevaughn

The addition of a drummer brings this discovery to life, expanding the band’s dynamic palette as they move from sparse folk ballad to psychedelic swamp stomp. It’s an album reminiscent of young Rock & Roll, curious and exuberant, not afraid to borrow from its forefathers and bucking the idea of being pigeonholed into a subgenre.

From the opening strains of “Go Hang,” the lamentation of a life wasted in a dead end town to the final soft note of “Anniversary Song,” the realization that one may have actually been home the entire time, We’re From Here serves as a map of sorts, a suggested travel route exploring American music, identity and the concept of home.

“We challenged ourselves in putting this record together, but we also had a lot of fun. We hope that you can find a similar experience in these songs.” – Yuma Wray

Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray are currently traversing this fine country as part of their tour in support of We’re From Here.

9/10 Black Cat – Washington DC (CD release show)
9/13 The Acoustic Coffeehouse – Johnson City, TN
9/14 Deep South (The Bar) – Raleigh, NC
9/15 Common Market – Charlotte, NC
9/16 Fullsteam Tavern – Durham, NC
9/17 The Radio Room – Greenville, SC
9/18 Home Team BBQ – Charleston, SC
9/19 The Wormhole – Savannah, GA
9/20 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
9/21 Peachtree Tavern – Atlanta, GA w/ Levi Lowrey
9/22 Moonlight On The Mountain – Birmingham, AL
9/24 The P&H – Memphis, TN
9/25 WDVX Blue Plate Special, Louisville, KY
9/26 Third Street Dive – Louisville, KY
9/27 Gene’s Beergarden – Morgantown, WV
9/28 Ray Kelly’s Pub – Bridgeport, CT
9/29 Sam’s Pizzeria, Northampton, PA
9/30 Radio Bean – Burlington, VT
10/1 PA’s Lounge – Somerville, MA
10/2 AS22o – Providence, RI
10/3 The Beat Rust – Lewiston, ME
10/4 Port City Blue – Portland, ME
10/5 Red Hook Bait & Tackle – Brooklyn, NY
10/12 Quenchers Saloon – Chicago, IL
10/13 Jackson Ave. Coffee – Charleston, IL

10/17 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Thrift – Baton Rouge, LA
10/18 Cherrywood Coffeehouse – Austin, TX
10/19 Cafe J’s – Lubbock, TX
10/21 Cowgirl BBQ – Santa Fe, NM
10/23 Yucca Tap Room, Tempe, AZ
10/24 Lestat’s West Music Venue – San Diego, CA
10/25 Frog & Peach – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/26 The Cozmic Cafe – Placeville, CA
10/27 The Pinecone Tavern – Brookings, OR
10/29 The New Frontier Lounge – Tacoma, WA
11/1 The Langano Lounge, Portland, OR
[more dates to be announced soon]

We’re From Here is a stunning and audacious debut – this record sounds like they’ve made an Oscar winning movie based on the Great American Novel. Miss Shevaughn joins Emmylou Harris and KD Lang in the realm of the great female American storytellers. She is a force of nature, and Yuma Wray provides the perfect home in which to raise her stories. Forget about genres and categories, this is great music.” – Tony Conley / ROCK GUITAR DAILY
“Their blend of country, folk, rock, and blues is a thing of beauty, and I think they should be applauded for making the music they love.” – MUSIC. DEFINED.
“Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray’s 2011 was spent on the road living out of their Honda Element, searching out their sound and cataloging their experiences and thoughts. Their time on the road was not wasted as the result is Americana personified – an amalgamation of elemental roots music into songs of real substance a soundtrack for a journey on the rural routes and black tops.” – BEAT SURRENDER



Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.