Love & Desperation 

An instant familiarity, four stars ****
Sylvie Simmons
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San Diego Troubadour
There's not a weak song on this collection ... Shea may be southern California's best kept secret.
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Morning Star
... a gifted practitioner of the finest Americana.. a very impressive body of work.
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Northern Sky
... takes us on a journey through the southern back roads and honky-tonks of America.
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Alan Cackett
This guy's a master songwriter ... his muse is an earth-bound one-full of scruffy moments and care-worn emotional truths
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Lonesome Highway
A welcome addition to Shea's canon of fine albums.. made with care attention and love
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Lonestar Time
One of the greats of 'made in California country music' a valuable and significant work
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... the essence of Americana music, delivered by one of it's severely underrecognized talents
Jim Hynes
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Desert Star
... a great batch of songs and a stylish approach ... wonderful
Robert Kinsler
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(Shea’s) most definitive musical statement to date, the lessons he leaves with hislisteners are well worth retaining
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The Town Where I Live

Ctrl. Alt. Country
5 Stars ***** One of the most interesting singer-songwriters of the current Americana lot 
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Deep Roots
A folk singer with a hearty voice, a sure feel for country-flavored blues and given to vivid, detailed portraits of people and places in the manner of Tom Russell, California- based veteran Rick Shea offers a folk-flavored gem. Like all outstanding folk writers, Shea knows the land and its human inhabitants 
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A fine collection of songs, honest country music fare. Shea is a fine writer and singer, well worth a listen. 
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Maximum Volume
Shea shows all his gifts for telling wonderful stories, ones rooted in the reality of existence. These stories are brimming with a very special kind of frustration indeed, rather like the best American music has always seemed to. rating 8 out of 10. 
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OC Patch
The landscape becomes a focal point in many of Shea's songs, heat, dust, wind, vacant lots, boarded-up buildings and torn-up highways create their sense of time and place. 
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Pasadena Weekly
Movingly sung and performed, the beauty of the tale is in how the veteran artist makes it feel like it’s taken from his own life - or yours. It’s one of the hallmarks of Shea’ssongwriting. 
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Penny Black Music
Shea can sing about leaving places we’ve never been to and make us yearn to be there, leaving the listener wanting more. 
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Not to be confused with some pop-flavored, faux-rooted "Americana" act Shea traffics in muscular folk music based in American tradition and experience. Devoid of fakery, Shea tells stories you will want to hear. 
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Real Roots Café
Shea comes up with an excellent Americana CD with an infectious mix of country, rock, folk, bluesy pop 
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The Rock Club
Straightforward country, with a hint of pub rock.
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Sweet Bernadine

Tres Pescadores 2013 

a hauntingly nostalgic vocalist, imperative guitarist and literate, detail-rich songwriter,
do yourself a favor
Gary von Tersch, Sing Out

a must, not only for anyone seeking a sublime set of songs, but for those whose notion of 
Americana has to ring of the real thing.
Lee Zimmerman, No Depression

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Shelter Valley Blues

Tres Pescadores 2009

Years from now writers will refer to this as “his career album.” In case I'm not around to do it, I'll just do it here. He's had a long and storied career and worked with music royalty in several genres, this feels like something The Band would have done early in their career.”   
– Blll Lavery/Village Records

"Shelter Valley Blues" Review Page 


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