Water Bound counts as Shannon Whitworth's second release. Whitworth served as a member of The Biscut Burners. She released her first album--No Expectations--in 2008 and hit the road. Born in Virginia, Whitworth grew up in South Carolina and now lives in North Carolina.
Whitworth wrote or co-wrote each song on Water Bound except one. Neilson Hubbard, the other co-writer, also plays bass, keyboards and produced Water Bound. Recorded in Nashville, Water Bound retains a laid back mood. Whitworth's sultry voice commands attention while the band's quiet instrumentation of fiddles, lap steel, banjo, drums, bass, piano and guitars fit her phrasing well.
Water Bound commences with "Run To Roll On Home", a moody tune that flows like a river to a sea of memories. Water streams like a current through these songs as the title suggests. Her musical style balances a singer/songwriter folk, blues, bluegrass and country ethos. "Spring Is Here" indicates how her vivid images in songwriting will always remain her undeniable power. Whitworth elaborated on the nature of the song: "It's really more about an emotional state than anything. I knew someone that has Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it is a postcard to them."
"Can't Look In Your Eyes" tells the story of an abused woman in the lines: "Let go/Let go of my neck/With your resentment and hands around my neck/For I can't take a breath/And I've fallen to my death." "Mermaid Song" navigates through a shallow creek of lonely lovers trying to re-connect: "I'm in the water/Out at sea, And you're on a mountain/Looking for me...baby come back".
"All The Same" sounds like a sad lullaby hummed by a lonely soul. "Fly Away" feels like back porch country-blues whiskey-session and counts as one of this album's best compositions. "Feeling so lost/I gave you my soul at cost/I held you up/You held me down/I held you when I was down" resonates on a level we all identify with concerning certain folks in our lives.
"Don't Lie" shuffles along as the singer reveals "I got snakes in my head", hoping her lover will remain truthful. On "I Got The Blues" Whitworth's vocals transcend time. Her smoky voice sounds like it could've been performed in a jazz club in the 1930s. "Put Me Back" picks up the tempo, and Whitworth allows the band to shine, but her story still captures the ear.
"Taking It Hard", a soulful and sad tune, emits a lonely reality that all things must pass. The final track on Water Bound, "Am I Stranger", lingers with a sweet, but sad story that verifies Shannon Whitworth is a fine musical poet.