New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Nashville-based singer-songwriter George
Shingleton released a new single, "Handful of Hell," today via Rock Ridge Music. Produced by Dave Pahanish (who co-wrote #1 songs recorded by Jimmy Wayne, Toby Keith, and Keith Urban), "Handful of Hell," which premiered at American Songwriter yesterday (May 21st), is an aural drive down a Southern country road and explores how the love of a good woman can help redeem even the most misguided man. The lyric video for the song premieres on his YouTube channel on May 29th.
Says Shingleton about the song: "This is definitely a song inspired by my wife. It goes back to when she and I first met, and I was probably in the wildest stage of my life. She saved me from heading down a darker path. I guess the story was always there, but it just took some time to put it into words. I think once the hook made itself known, it was much easier to get the rest of it together."
Co-written by Shingleton and Chris Paterno, the song features Shane Sanders on lead and rhythm guitar, "Cowboy
" Eddie Long on pedal steel guitar (Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson), Rachel Loy on bass (Hank Williams Jr., Taylor Swift), Jefferson Crow on keyboards (Gary Allan, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson), and Shawn Fichter on drums (Tim McGraw, Peter
Frampton). "Handful of Hell" is the second single from Shingleton's forthcoming album, which is due out later in 2020. It follows on the heels of the first single, "Fire or Flame," which was released in February. Shingleton's planned tour dates have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans eager to see Shingleton perform can catch him livestreaming weekly on his Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. central time every Tuesday evening for his "Tuesday Night Tunes" series.
A son of rural West Virginia, Shingleton was raised on traditional gospel music in small country churches. Music
was in his paternal line, with many family members playing an amalgam of bluegrass and Appalachian "hill country" music. Choir directors encouraged him from a young age to find his voice and let it fill the space between altars and spires, people and pews. That voice, it turns out, would also fill the hollers of the mountains. He spent more time outside than in, providing the soundtrack to crackling campfires and electrified stages, each performance pushing him closer and closer to realizing his sound.
As a teen, he fell in love with the sounds of Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Van Zant, Gregg Allman, Waylon
Jennings, and Merle Haggard, and his music was eventually informed by all of them, toeing the blurry lines between Americana, country, blues, Southern rock, and gospel. Like "Handful of Hell," a lot of Shingleton's music has also been inspired by his wife, with many of his songs influenced by her presence in his life; she was the one who saw the potential in his playing and performing and encouraged him to go for it. "She saw the happiness and the light in me when I played," Shingleton explains, "and that helped me see the light in myself."
The integrity of his stories and sound has earned him the respect of other artists, including Darryl Worley, John Michael Montgomery, Bucky Covington, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Bo Bice, and Keith Anderson, all of whom have invited him to share their stage.
Shingleton is managed by Rock Ridge Music
in Nashville, TN.