Shane Piasecki fuses Nashville lifestyle with NW Ohio rootsWritten by Nick Bruno | | email@example.com
Twenty-four-year-old singer-songwriter Shane Piasecki is exploring his roots on “Monday Creek,” his third independent studio release.
The Northwest Ohio native has spent the last two years living in Nashville, playing music with accomplished musicians and walking the same streets as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. The 13-track album — fused with threads of country and rock — marks Piasecki’s first release since moving to Music City, USA.
“It can be overwhelming, and at first I think it was,” Piasecki said, discussing life in Nashville. “But you learn to stay focused, otherwise it’s too easy to become caught up with the city.”
Piasecki now splits his time between Tennessee and Ohio while developing his songwriting skills.
“Someone once told me, ‘There’s just more people here. If you’re good, you’re still good, but there’s just more people to compete with’,” he said.
The Liberty Center graduate has worked with a number of well-known musicians, such as Dave Roe, Mila Mason and songwriter Chris Gantry. Roe, who played bass for Cash during the 1990s and befriended Piasecki, offered his music skills on an earlier project.
“It had to be one of the best sets ever heard,” Piasecki said in reaction to the first time he played with Roe in Nashville. “I wanted to give him a hug when we finished up. The music sounded so real and good, I didn’t think I needed anything else.”
Following their first meeting, Roe agreed to work with Piasecki on “Monday Creek.” Roe then assembled a group of musicians in Nashville to record on the album, such as guitarist Doug Lancio (who has worked with John Hiatt and Nancy Griffith), Mike Schrimpf on keyboards and Raconteurs drummer Patrick Keeler.
“We hit it off as friends,” Roe said of Piasecki. “I love his music and I think he’ll do real well.”
Roe has lived in Nashville for the past 30 years. He said Piasecki has a different take on things when he writes. In the song “Camping,” Piasecki sings about the simplicity of a relationship during a camping adventure: “I like our chances if we just stay here/and live off crackers water and beer/nobody here to do us any harm/and I’ve fallen asleep in my baby’s arms.”
Though steering slightly away from his earlier pop style, Piasecki said he hopes to eventually incorporate folk/rock with pop music.
“I grew up with roots and blues music,” he said, pointing to Robert Johnson and Hank Williams as old favorites. “But I’d hope to be able to appeal to both genres eventually in my career, because they’re both relevant. Inspiration comes from different periods of time in someone’s life and that’s what keeps me moving. Writing has to adapt.”