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Singer returns with new album

Shelby Earl will perform in concert on Saturday, June 15 at Island Music Guild.  - Photo courtesy of Riot Act Media
Shelby Earl will perform in concert on Saturday, June 15 at Island Music Guild.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Riot Act Media

Seattle singer-songwriter Shelby Earl will be performing at the Island Music Guild at Rolling Bay at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15 in advance of the July 23 release of her sophomore album, “Swift Arrows.”

Earl is quite familiar with Bainbridge Island. She spent more than two years commuting to the island for her job as an assistant to a record industry executive. It was one of many music industry posts Earl held on her way to embracing a full-time commitment to her craft.

After leaving the corporate world, she released her debut solo album, “Burn the Boats,” produced by John Roderick of the Long Winters and released on Local638 Records.

The title was inspired by her stepfather telling someone that Earl had “pulled all the boats ashore and burned them” to live her dreams.

Since its release, Earl has garnered praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Paste, NPR, Pop Matters, Spinner, KEXP, City Arts, and more. She has shared the stage with artists such as Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Rhett Miller, David Bazan, Damien Jurado, Crooked Fingers, The White Buffalo, Loudon Wainwright III, and Lavender Diamond.

Having heard an advance of the album, Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service front man Ben Gibbard said: “Advance copy of the new Shelby Earl LP proves Shelby has the most heartbreakingly beautiful voice in Seattle.”

Earl views the Bainbridge show as a homecoming of sorts.

“I absolutely fell in love with the island in my time working there. I met really great people, had a blast exploring the shops and restaurants, and even grew to love the daily ferry commute,” she said. “I can’t wait to come and play a show for the fine folks of Bainbridge.”

Opening the show is former longtime Bainbridge Island resident and Bainbridge High grad Lana McMullen.

Admission is $12 at the door or $10 for advanced tickets through

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