Live! from ADP Presents: Shannon Carman Music
Vocalist Shannon Carman, 23, and guitarist Kevin Garland, 29, make up the duo Shannon Carman Music, and performed at YES! Weekly‘s office on Aug. 3.
Garland is from Randolph County and Carman is from Winston-Salem and the duo has been playing together for one year. They said they are mainly a cover band, but would like to start writing their own stuff soon.
“We have a couple of ideas floating around,” Garland said. “We haven’t been able to transform them fully yet. But hopefully, they are coming soon.”
The duo describes its genre as country/pop with rhythm and blues influences. Shannon Carman Music is primarily a cover band who focuses on covering artists who are strong female vocalists and have included songs by Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Underwood and Shania Twain. However, as Garland pointed out, they cover some songs by men as well, such as Niall Horan’s pop smash “Slow Hands.”
“We like to keep it around hit songs that other people know, that is entertaining,” Carman said.
For YES! Weekly‘s Live! From ADP set, Shannon Carman Music played “Dibs” by Kelsea Ballerini, “If I Ain’t For You” by Alicia Keys and “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin.
Shannon Carman Music has played at various venues in, or around the Triad including Blind Tiger in Greensboro, Johnny & June’s (before it closed down) in Winston-Salem, Mac & Nelli’s in Winston-Salem, JOLO Winery & Vineyard in Pilot Mountain and Cone Denim in Greensboro. They said they are trying to break into the Greensboro scene and play more shows in that area.
Shannon Carman Music is set to play Rody’s Tavern in Greensboro on Aug. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. Shannon Carman Music will also return to JOLO Winery & Vineyard on Aug. 12.