Athens, GA-based multi-instrumentalist Thayer Sarrano has had quite an interesting life: Sarrano grew up in a monastery and in the swamps of Georgia’s southern coast. As a child, Sarrano was classically trained, wrote poetry and compositions — but it was 90s grunge that captured her heart. Songwriting (in the pop/rock sense) came when she relocated to Athens, GA and began collaborating with friends and other musicians in the college town’s vibrant music scene to start her own band, and began to establish herself as one of the town’s go-to session and touring players, as she can claim stints with Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, T. Hardy Morris, of Montreal, Dave Marr, David Barbe and others.
With the release of Sarrano’s first two efforts, King (2009) and Lift Your Eyes to the Hills (2012), the Athens, GA-based singer/songwriter received national and international praise with media outlets such as Americana UK dubbing her, “the new Queen of Shoegaze.” Sarrano’s third and latest effort, Shaky was informed by and inspired by a period of profound loss while further cementing her burgeoning reputation for a sound that meshes dusty, twangy country, murky and moody blues and stoner rock.
Shaky‘s latest single, “Touch My Face is a murky, bluesy atmospheric song that evokes the sensation of lingering ghosts of failed relationships, bad, misguided decisions, lost opportunities, crippling indecision and insecurity, and yet simultaneously a sense of resolve and determination, faith and grace. In some way, the material feels as though its narrator has submitted themselves to their fate, and to an omnipotent power far more knowing that they could ever imagine. And despite such heavy sounds and material, at its very core it’s ethereal and arches heavenward in a way that’s hauntingly beautiful.
Check out the tour dates below, and if Sarrano stops at a music venue near you, go out and catch her.
09.18 Seney-Stovall Chapel (Athens, GA)
09.23 Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
09.25 The Five Spot (Nashville, TN)
09.29 Petra’s (Charlotte, NC)
10.09 Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY)