A native of small-town Kentucky, early touchstones like Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle and John Fogerty joined Wheelhouse Records’ Elvie Shane’s Gospel roots to form the bedrock of his taste – along with R&B classics like The Temptations and modern superstars like Eminem. And after a fateful Baptist revival came through town, he joined a band as a front man full of wild-eyed charisma. Shane initially captured attention with a viral social media moment with “My Boy,” which has since become his signature smash and debut US No. 1 single. The BMG/BBR Music Group recording artist’s debut EP, County Roads, was released in 2021, followed by his debut full length album, Backslider, later that same year.
Shane co-wrote the set of songs on Backslider that critics were quick to praise, with the album landing on 2021 “Best Of” lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Nashville Scene. “If you listen to just one major-label debut by a dude this year, consider Elvie Shane’s” declared Rolling Stone, while Stereogum noted the record “forces you to rethink anything you think you know, or assume, about the genre’s Music Row bros.” Billboard also determined Shane is “making the case for a new mainstay in country music.”
Shane’s picture-based lyrics and knack for storytelling led to his signing with UTA and he has since opened for Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Brothers Osborne Brett Young, Brooks & Dunn and Lady A, to name a few. He also launched his first-ever headlining run, with his US My Kinda Trouble Tour, earlier this year.