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A passion for the trade

Good things take time, and the Southern Oregon-based Americana band One Horse Shy was determined to go slow and get things right on its self-titled debut CD. After a year of recording, mixing and mastering, the band will release its new album at a series of shows over the upcoming weekend.

One Horse Shy will perform at Britt Festivals' season opening celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in downtown Jacksonville and again at 9 p.m. that day at Alex's Restaurant, 35 N. Main St., Ashland.

The group will be performing Friday, May 30, at the Silver Moon Brewing Company in Bend.

Recorded and produced by One Horse Shy's percussionist Bryan Helfrich, the album offers listeners a musical roots rock journey that includes soft, introspective ballads to driving alt-country rock tracks.

The album was co-produced by dobro and lap steel player Bob Evoniuk with the additional expertise of bassist Mysha Caruso and independent producer Erik Beyer. Guest performances on the tracks include harmonica solos by Lincoln Zeve, fiddle by Crystal Reeves and Shaina Evoniuk, five-string banjo by Rick Nelson and keyboards by Phil Plunkett.

The record features 13 original tracks penned by and featuring the vocals of Manda Bryn and Cris Kelly with Caruso and Evoniuk adding instrumentals and vocal harmonies to the mix.

The new CD will be available at both shows, as well as the Music Coop in Ashland and cdbaby.com and iTunes on the Web. Several of the songs can be heard at myspace.com/onehorseshy.

Cover for the show at Alex's is $3. Call 482-8818.

One Horse Shy’s album holds 13 original tracks penned by Manda Bryn and Cris Kelly.