If Hatred Builds It Up, Surely Love Will Break It Down: Shay Martin Lovette

Shay Martin Lovette lives on Goshen Creek in Boone, in one of the most picturesque regions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The place every artist calls home has a great bearing on their work, but in Shay’s case, that effect seems more profound than most. As he told me, “The creek flows under the porch behind my home and hearing the constant sound of moving water when writing is something that I’ve grown accustomed to. My music video for the tune, “Never Felt So New” was filmed on Goshen Creek on and around the Mountains to Sea Trail. If you’re not familiar, this is North Carolina’s longest trail and it runs from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge at the Outer Banks. I’ve hiked/backpacked about 400 miles of the 1175 mile trail and hope to eventually get to hiking the rest of this trail segment by segment. I guess you could say that I’m in for the long haul. The same can be said about my songwriting as I remain dedicated to the craft and recently went back into the studio to record a few new songs.”

Shay Martin Lovette in studio at WNCW 05/05/21

Shay Martin Lovette in studio at WNCW 05/05/21

Shay’s new album Scatter & Gather is the result of countless hours of meditation and contemplation hiking on the many nearby trails and sitting by Goshen Creek. It is an album that in part answers the question of where the metaphorical Appalachia really is. As he said in our interview, Shay feels most present when playing music, and his hope is for that feeling to transfer into his songs, songs which speak to the beauty and miracle of life without ignoring the pain that comes with it.

Songs heard in this episode:

“Sourwood Honey Rag” by Shay Martin Lovette from Scatter & Gather

“For Rose Marie” by Shay Martin Lovette from Scatter & Gather, excerpt

“Parkway Bound” by Shay Martin Lovette, live in Studio B on WNCW

“Never Felt So New” by Shay Martin Lovette from Scatter & Gather

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