In 2014, Shawnee launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her fourth solo album, A Long and Precious Road. In her video message to potential backers, a tribute to Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues, she held up a card that said "I'm learning to ask for help." This vulnerable and honest phrase struck a chord for one particular music fan perusing Kickstarter projects on his rare off time -- Joss Whedon. Whedon, one of Hollywood's most prominent directors (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers) loved Shawnee's music and her voice, and backed the project, taking the first step towards what would become the unlikeliest of creative partnerships.
They began writing together and in October 2016 released their long awaited collaboration EP, Back to Eden. “It was so clear that we were speaking the same language,” Joss said, “It's been a little bit magical.”
Shawnee had another more recent Kickstarter success, funding a new full length album recorded with Zachariah Hickman and Sam Kassirer of Josh Ritter’s Royal City Band at the Great North Sound Society in Maine where some of her favorite Josh albums were made. The new release will include her song Abraham, recorded by Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster on 2017’s Joy Comes Back.
Shawnee would be the first to tell you that the boots you just complimented her on cost $3 at a thrift store. She'll give the real answer when you ask how she's doing and she's just had her heart broken. That's the honesty with which she speaks, writes, and lives. She sings to you about all the things you know—love, life, laughter and loss—but does so with such fiercely personal and poetic truth that you can't help finding, and understanding, your own world through hers.
A Long and Precious Road earned her a place among Texas Music Magazine’s albums of the year, as well as the top spot on their list of Songwriters of Distinction, an accolade shared by Kacey Musgraves and Leon Bridges.
“With a compelling voice at once uplifting and heartbreaking, delicate and wounded, and with melodies dexterous and irresistible, Kilgore has, in one bold move, established herself as an important presence in folk music.” ~Tom Buckley, Texas Music Magazine.
“Shawnee’s in my very highest category of songwriter,” wrote Danny Schmidt. “Those whose next song I can’t wait for them to write.”