John Shipe is a singer/songwriter and an Oregonian based in Eugene. He has played the Calapooia Brewpub many times and never fails to inspire shaking booties or shed tears. He is a man who thinks and feels deeply and has a talent for translating these into clever turns of musical and verbal phrase. There is a tearful joy, a melancholy delight in his telling of stories not only from his own perspective, but from others. Here are some nice things other people have said about John…

Villain [John’s most recent album] displays a story-teller’s flair and pleasing voice that calls to mind Paul Simon and Elvis Costello. …a sense of wit that will appeal to fans of Lyle Lovett and Randy Newman”

Shipe mixes cynicism and hope in unlikely measures while invoking thoughts of Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett and Elvis Costello. The album is more than the sum of its parts. (Shipe) possesses a quiet cult of personality that raises his performances to sublime… This is one Villain that will grow on you. –Wildy’s World

Shipe’s voice is as stark and straightforward as his lyrics… taking strength from their avoidance of punch-pulling. These are compositions that can initially sound light, even playful, but also reserve the ability to chill to the bone…. you’ll want to settle in for multiple listens to make sure you take it all in. –Brad (CD Baby)

“If you are hankering for mid-period Elvis Costello with a fresh lick of paint then ‘Villain’ is the album for you… his brittle voice delivers cutting asides as astutely as Costello in his prime. Yet, like Costello, he can sound vulnerable and desperate the next moment…
…catchy songs with the kind of lyrics in which the battered yet never outwitted underdog gets his revenge in the end…
…a vibrant range of musical influences… from Burt Bacharach strings… to shamelessly Country style lap steel guitar… Shipe resides over an entertaining variety show of styles held together by his distinctive voice
…consummate entertainer, Shipe knows how to glue your ears to the speakers. ‘Villain’ is easy to listen to and contains some great lines.” –Tuneraker

I agree. Watch him live and you will be sucked in. That’s this Saturday, August 11th at 8pm. Here’s a fun taste of one of John’s most recent endeavors…

Cheers!

Paulrus