Letting Go And Holding On

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View More: http://khadophotography.pass.us/shawnskinnerBorn and raised in the desert, rooted in the landscape of the west. Sunbaked Americana.

Shawn Skinner has been playing guitar since the age of 12. After learning a few chords from his brother Scott, Shawn settled in for hours upon hours playing till his fingers rubbed raw. He mostly taught himself, but always soaked in advice from anyone who knew their way around the fret board.

At the same time, Scott, Shawn and their little sister Amber would learn to sing many of the country-western songs they heard on their father’s radio. Led by Scott, the Skinner kids (along with a few close friends) started a band. Eventually named “Wildfire”, the band’s first gig was entertaining a church pancake breakfast social. They quickly moved into local bars and nightclubs, playing anything from Merle Haggard to Alabama to Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band would make a great run, bringing the house down for the better part of nine years.

These days you can find Shawn at local beer-soaked stages singing his own brand of heartache and love, struggle and faith. From telling it like it is in the song “You Better Not Miss” (a true story), to searching for solid ground in the song “Mainstay”, Shawn has come into his own as a singer/songwriter.