Song Spotlight 9: Deep Dive

Deep Dive is the 9th track on “Better Off This Way”.

My parents rented a cottage each summer near Havelock, Ontario. A short canoe ride away is a rock that you can jump off of into the lake. I’ve never really been the brave or risk taking sort, and so I climbed up to the top and took a long time before jumping in.

Years later, I drew the correlation between getting into a new relationship, and taking that jump into the cold water. There’s a risk associated.

“Better Off This Way” by Andrew Shedden

Digital Release on December 16th 2016

Song Spotlight 7- Freight Train Blues

Track 7 of “Better Off This Way” is called Freight Train Blues.

Several years ago, I got a call from my good friend Brock Stonefish. He asked if I wanted to play in his band. I told him I wasn’t good enough, and he told me that I soon would be. He was right about that.

I began soaking up a lot of blues and rockabilly influences around this time, and it wore off in my songwriting. Freight Train Blues is unapologetically a straight forward rockabilly/blues number. I’m so excited with how it turned out (especially the extra flavour Alan Black brought to it).


“Better Off This Way” by Andrew Shedden

Digital Release on December 16th 2016

Song Spotlight 4- Old Tattoo

Old Tattoo is the fourth track on Better Off This Way.

Old tattoos sometimes need to be covered up. However, sometimes it’s good to keep them around as a reminder. We are a sum of our scars, we grow from our mistakes, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

“Better Off This Way” by Andrew Shedden

Digital Release on December 16th 2016

Song Spotlight 3- Better Off

Better Off is the third song off of Better Off This Way.

This song is the most recent tune I have finished. I was in my living room in Kashechewan, and found the main riff. I couldn’t put my guitar down until I hammered this one out. Sometimes the songs come easy.

This tune is a little more mature look at failed relationships. Sometimes things just aren’t meant to be.

“Better Off This Way” by Andrew Shedden

Digital release on December 16th 2016

Song Spotlight 2- Party Dress

Party Dress will be the second track on Better Off This Way.

A few years ago on Facebook, a girl I used to have a bit of a crush on posted a selfie in a beautiful dress. The caption read “I wish someone would give me a reason to wear this dress…” The hopeless romantic in me saw this as a perfect opportunity to write a little love song. She’s never heard it…

“Better Off This Way” by Andrew Shedden

Digital Release- December 16th 2016

Song Spotlight 1-Where I Am From

Where I Am From is the first track on “Better Off This Way”

This song is a little different than most of the tunes I write. I got home from university and took a nap. When I woke up, I wrote the lyrics for this song in it’s entirety. I guess I had been watching too many gangster movies at the time.

I guess the idea of being some kind of an outlaw appealed to me at the time (even though I’m a big nerd who likes video games, and not being on the run from the law). I got the bad guy stuff out of my system in a song instead!

“Better Off This Way” by Andrew Shedden

Digital Release on December 16th 2016

“Better Off This Way” digital release on December 16th


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“Better Off This Way”

By Andrew Shedden

Available wherever music is streamed or downloaded on December 16th 2016.


James McKenty- Guitar, Piano, Pedal Steel, Percussion and Harmonies

Sam Quinn- Bass Guitar

Alan Black- Harmonica and Drums

Recorded, Mixed and Produced by James McKenty

Mastered by Harris Newman

Cover Photo by Jessica Lee Latone

Old Tattoo By Andrew Shedden

Here’s Old Tattoo by Andrew Shedden! My new video.

Not sure what’s been the primary motivating factor over the past few days, but I’ve been plowing away at these original songs for video.

I am a perfectionist by nature, and have left a bunch of decent recordings on the cutting room floor because I haven’t been totally happy viagra d. Well actually, that isn’t true. I have been happy with them, I just haven’t been confident enough to release them to the world.

I am sure I will slow down soon enough, but for now have a listen and let me know what you think!