Rooftop terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel! 

Well, it was a pretty eventful week as far as weeks go for me! I spent a long weekend in LA with this gentleman, Joss Whedon, checking out studios at which to record our EP in January. It was stupid fun. I made it to the hotel with just enough time to dress myself proper and head back out to a party honoring Drew Goddard, who wrote the screen play for The Martian, on the rooftop terrace of the Sunset Tower Hotel on the strip. Whaaaaaaaaaat.  

AND (more importantly) through recommendations of good friends we found Ocean Studios in Burbank, of which I said to Joss after we left, "If we got to record there I would feel like a princess..." The space is beyond beautiful, really top notch, and I'm excited to work hard and bring my A game, which I must. Part of the beauty of life is a good challenge here and there. I'm in!

And then Joss Whedon shot me (with a camera) 

It was super fun having Joss here for a few days to work on our project! We got to do a podcast with the amazingly badass Elizabeth McQueen at KUTX which will be airing soon, and we even made an impromptu music video! Because why not. It's what he does, and it's what I do. It's a newer song of mine called Little America. Take a look

                                                   Photo by Joss Whedon

                                                   I was a harsh task master!!!

A Long and Precious Road available for pre-order! 

I'm soooooooo happy to announce that after a very Long and Precious Road indeed the new album is now available for pre-order!!! Get immediate downloads of three of the tracks and help build the buzz for the official release date, August 18th! I'm learning how this works, and all the pre-sales get tallied up and counted all at once as sales for the release week, which gets reported to the people who are in charge of The Charts and all that. Show them you're excited! I certainly am!

“One of the year’s finest albums. With a compelling voice at once uplifting and heartbreaking, delicate and wounded, and with melodies dextrous and irresistible, Kilgore has, in one bold move, established herself as an important presence in folk music. This is a gorgeously crafted work.”  ~Tom Buckley, Texas Music Magazine


The Songbird Society ~ Week 2! 

We have passed the first milestone goal! With flying colors and wings! Thank you!!!

The second weekly video of the Songbird Society has been posted, called My Heart Will Be. Society members got a download of it last Thursday, and tomorrow morning I will be posting another brand new song for download, called Drunk on June, which I let slip early to a friend and has already earned itself an interest in being covered as well as a middle finger from a rather legendary Austin songwriter. I know the feeling - it was quite the compliment!!! It's a fun one that I'm excited for you to hear! ;)

To join the Songbird Society and get a download of a brand new Shawnee Kilgore tune every week visit me at


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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  1. 1 Unforgiven 03:42 Info Buy
  2. 2 Big Giant Me 03:29 Info Buy
  3. 3 Three Legged Dog 03:48 Info Buy
  4. 4 Back to Eden 05:04 Info Buy
  5. 5 Break the Skin 03:06 Info Buy
  6. 6 Love Song 04:31 Info Buy

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.