Ari Shine strips roots rock to the bare bones: a man and his guitar. The songs on his new album “Ghost Town Directory” transition to the stage with ease as Shine performs solo. “I always tend to write on an acoustic but this time I knew that I would be doing more shows in that format,” Shine says. “It was in my head that I would be performing them stripped down.” Shine has been relentless bringing his one-man show anywhere he can. “Truthfully, touring and recording are my favorite parts of being a musician.” There are advantages, he says, that come from touring without a backing band. “I love the without-a-net experience of playing solo. It is really cool to have that type of intimacy with an audience. I like getting things down to a really quiet point and then bringing it back up. ”
Before leaving home, Shine adds a level of productivity to his touring process. “When I tour solo I am able to hit smaller markets and do more radio, live taping and internet-streaming shows.” Shine’s label Beverly Martel gives him the support he needs to promote his album, leaving him time to tend to his music. Even so, Shine cannot stay idle. ”I do book my own shows and run my own pages. I really enjoy that stuff, especially updating the site and learning how to integrate new platforms that are emerging.”
Regarding his music, Shine says, “I am more about songs than genre and I always let them dictate where I am going.” His music benefits from this approach leaving it have a feel of its own. “I like that there are many different styles on the record. I’m always trying to write the best songs I can.”
Shine comes back to grace Schubas in high spirits. “Making friends and fans in cities and then returning to see familiar faces is the best feeling. Chicago is a great rock ‘n’ roll town.” (John Wawrzaszek)
May 31 at Schubas, 3159 North Southport, 8pm. $10.