REVIEW - Austin Shaw Felt “The Album” Self-released

November 21, 2017


Austin Shaw left music behind after he finished college and started his climb up the corporate ladder, after a few years he ‘felt’ like something was missing so he left his job in corporate America and moved to Santa Cruz to reclaim the artist and songwriter that always lived inside of him.


After a year of writing, recording and touring Shaw released his full-length debut album “FELT” and its filled with an authentic sentiment and feel good vibe. The songs are personal, and Shaw willingly exposes himself with his words and music. FELT is it a solid mix of classic and melodic rock.

Starting off with the love-long note to a lost love in Doing Fine, followed by the singalong and very intimate opener Citrine. A story about a daughter losing her father at a far too early age. Something Shaw dealt with and watched my family struggle through.  The song I’ve Been Leaning is a Thank you to the people or person that is always there for you, and the title track Felt chimes with charming guitar riffs and Shaw’s soulful vocals. Elsewhere in this collection you will fall for the sweet and swaying chorus  in Without You, Will You Wait and Bask in your Smile.


Shaw navigates the complexities of day-to-day life through song. Inviting, approachable and thoughtfully efficient, the album walks in the quaint space between a stripped-down solo and full band approach. Some of these tunes are solemn, while others smile along with you as Shaw is a versatile arranger, and he flexes his musical instincts to great effect on his debut record.

He aims not to be a salesman, but a craftsman. In the trades of classic songwriting, arrangement, delivery and album flow.


The album was produced by Robert Smith (Defy Records), the album also features the talents of guitarist Larry Saltzman (Paul Simon), drummer Joe Bonaci (Sting), bassist Malcolm Gold and vocalist Clara Lofaro.




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