Back to Eden is a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition! 

It's so crazy that this guy was just up for Oscar noms (again) and here he is in a video with little old me! I'm incredibly excited that Joss Whedon's debut music video is a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, with Tom Waits as one of the judges. I dunno, but I think he's gonna dig it! 

You can vote once per day through April 3rd for the ISC's People's Voice award! So far we're in the lead and I think we can keep it with your help!

YES I want to vote for Back to Eden!

Thanks so much!!!


Shawnee & Joss 

Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon's Back to Eden ~ out now! 

The long awaited EP is finally here! We celebrated with a bang - and a sold out screening of the Back to Eden music video as well as a full band show that rocked many a faces off!!! 


Above photos by

Photo by Michael Hogan

Photo by Carol Kilgore (my mama!!!)

Get your digital download of Back to Eden from wherever you like to get your music, and physical copies from CD Baby. Leave a comment on my Facebook music page about your favorite song(s)! 

The new single is OUT!!! 

We did it! The response to this song has been tremendous and we're so very proud of it. This incredibly gorgeous artwork is from Jeanie Tomanek of Every Woman Art, and was perfect for us. I've been a fan of her work for some time and had a feeling we'd find what we needed with her. I'm excited to continue mixing the record, which is sounding so amazing, and cannot wait to share it with you.

Download Back to Eden on all your favorite music-loving-and-supoorting sites (or at least on all of mine):

iTUnes   CD Baby   Bandcamp

Well I'll be damned, I produced a record. 

Did that really happen? 

This was definitely one of those trips I knew would swirl around in a hazy daze as soon as it was over. The highest highs are the hardest to come down from and I've done my best upon my return from LA to be gentle and simply let myself take it easy and be really, really proud of what I've done. 

So here went the timeline: 

March 2014 - Joss Whedon backed my Kickstarter campaign for A Long and Precious Road 
April 2014 - Campaign ended and we began emailing about the personalized song I was to write for his reward 
A week later - song was in progress but a whole different set of spin off lyrics were inspired and sent my way 
A day later - Big Giant Me was born, and the decision to keep writing together was made 
August 2014 - Big Giant Me was released as a single from the now upcoming 6-song EP we planned to make 
Later that day - we had our first telephone conversation  
February 2015 - We met for the first time 
January 2016 - I flew to LA and we made a record

That's Sara Watkins in the top corner! Swooooooooooon!

You can see this was a long time coming! I was feeling so anxious for it to hurry up and happen already, but now I'm so incredibly grateful that it didn't. I'm much more ready than I would have been a year ago, and definitely feel that we're right on time.

In the studio Joss and I were an interesting mix. He clearly has a ton of experience directing people, but has never made a record. I have a lot of experience making records but had never been in such an active position of manning the ship. We did really well together. There were afternoons when he had to leave and it was all on me. The guys started calling me Boss, including him. I knew I was earning it, and it felt good. 

The true soul of the songs were all discovered, and uncovered, as we went and it was just magical. I started getting good at hearing my gut instinct and acting on it, reinforced by the fact that amazing things happened when I did. We still had one very unfinished song by the time our last day in the studio rolled around, and we managed to make it happen, making the final lyrical tweaks between takes in the sound booth.

I will soon be able to share video footage of this with you, which was such a tremendous blessing. My friend Chris Fuller did an amazing job capturing photographic moments, capturing us, and on that last day capturing our creative process as we went through it. All photos shown here are his.

Back to Eden

Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon

This is the long awaited collaboration EP of Shawnee Kilgore and Hollywood director Joss Whedon, who met via Kickstarter in 2014 when Whedon backed her campaign for A Long and Precious Road and earned himself a personalized song.

Big Giant Me was the first single they released that year, and Back to Eden the second in March 2016. The title track also inspired a gorgeous music video, directed by Whedon, including actress Ashley Johnson and Oscar nominated actor Richard Jenkins, released January 23rd.
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Previous events


Nanci Griffith Tribute

Cactus Cafe, 2247 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX

Shawnee Kilgore, Nichole Wagner, Graham Weber, Terry Klein, Brian Pounds, Libby Koch, Jana Pochop, Heather Miller, B Sterling Archer, Devin Jake, Scott Martin, Matt Harlan, Mark Abrahams, Chris Ritter

Songs for the Trees Fundraiser

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Lemon Lounge, 908 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

Join us for a night of Songs for the Trees, as 8 local singer-songwriters perform original songs and covers relating to trees. Hosted by the Lemon Lounge, a pop-up music venue in East Austin, proceeds will benefit TreeFolks and the Lemon Lounge. A $25 ticket includes the songs and two drink tickets.

Artists include Shawnee Kilgore, Eric Gerber, Paper Moon Shiners, Johann Wagner, Lisa Kettyle, Thais Perkins, and Raina Rose.

Thank you to our sponsor Cypress Real Estate Advisors, and in-kind sponsors Austonian Whiskey, and Moontower Cider Company!

Look at Miss Ohio: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Tribute

The Saxon Pub, 1320 S Lamar, Austin, TX 78704

Ordinary Elephant Beth//James Dawn & Hawkes Carson Mchone Sam Kossler I am Bearwood Warm Sugar Tate Mayeaux Beth Chrisman Brian Pounds Miranda Dodson Brian Douglas Phillips Daisy O'Connor Jeff Hortillosa Shawnee Kilgore Chris Beall Terry Klein Nichole Wagner Garner Sloan Ali Holder


Songwriting Workshop with Colin Gilmore and Shawnee Kilgore

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MODE Music Studios, 3805 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Shawnee Kilgore and Colin Gilmore travel from Austin, TX to MODE to share their combined years of songwriting experience. Learn how to overcome writer's block, open up to the muse and quiet your inner critic.


First Friday Art Walk

 —  — Austin, 201 E 5th, Suite 101, Austin, TX

Downtown Austin’s independent art spaces are teaming up to bring you First Friday Art Walk, a special night designed to celebrate the Austin arts community! Enjoy extended hours, special performances, live music, art giveaways, drinks and bites at some of Austin’s most up and coming downtown art venues.

Hosted by TWYLA, OLA Gallery, Den Property Group and Art.Work Austin, First Friday Art Walk is a night to foster friendships between locals, artists and the downtown businesses that support them.


Saxon Pub

Austin Bergstrom International Airport, 3600 Presidential Boulevard, Austin, TX


BuckJack Presents Anna Tivel & Shawnee Kilgore

Austin, TX

BuckJack presents will open the doors at 4:30 on Sunday, January 21st to welcome Anna Tivel and Shawnee Kilgore! Please join us for a pot luck and socializing from 4:30-6:00 with music beginning at 6:00. There is a $10-$15 suggested donation with all of the money going to the artists.

We only have room for 35 people max so if you would like to join us please RSVP at by January 20th to reserve your spot and be forwarded the address. Once we receive 35 RSVPs we will start a waiting list.