11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Shanna in a Dress (Shanna Hoar)

Shanna in a Dress

When I first read in this interview  that Shanna Hoar (musically known as Shanna in a Dress) was friends with the incomparable Steve Poltz, there was no doubt whatsoever that I’d love her music. And after repeated listening to her debut LP. “Robot,” I discovered that like with Mr. Poltz, Shanna has the knack for writing songs that reveal a personal intimacy and are chockful of doses of self-directed humor. All that to say, I have fallen in love with this deliciously quirky and folky record.

So, here’s your chance to get to know Shanna up close and personal through her hilarious video for “Shitshow” from the new record. She’s even wearing a dress! Also, if you find Shanna as compellingly fascinating as I do, join in on her Facebook page where she is posting a live video of a song each day for 60 days.

Shanna, after hearing “Robot” and reading your “eleven,” I feel like I’ve known you forever! Thanks for both and I look forward to seeing you soon on a Music City stage. If we all hurry, we can catch you this coming Monday, August 22 at the “New Wave Nashville Writer” set at the Ainsworth over in Midtown.


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

Northern Virginia to Boulder, CO to Nashville in October 2021 so that I can try my hand at co-writing and learning and collaborating with other creatives! I was ready to live somewhere with an infinitely high creative ceiling to help my songwriting skills try to reach their potential.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

The first one was Britney Spears, …Baby One More Time. I know it’s embarrassing, but I know every word of that CD. I didn’t actually buy it, but my brother had one and I devoured it fully. My last one was by Jensen McRae, a California-based singer-songwriter, which I bought digitally.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

My first one was a Martina McBride concert that my mom brought me to when I was thirteen. I think Carrie Underwood opened or something and I was a big American Idol fan. Also, I could totally be making that up and those were two separate concerts, cause Carrie and Martina are too similar for them to get paired up. My last one was a writer’s round at Cabana Taps to cheer on my friends Stevie Ray Stephens and Claire Kelly.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

I must say, this list baffles me. Kid Rock is on the list? I’d pick Kacey Musgraves!

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

Ugly Mugs on Eastland Ave in East Nashville is my favorite to run into people I know, and I’m so new that I’ve yet to have any Nashville pizza! Food-wise, I love AVO.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

My friend Steve Poltz’s record Stardust and Satellites.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

I’ve heard Dino’s is the hang. I like going to bed after shows… I’M THE LAME ONE. Or snacking in a friend’s kitchen.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Kate Klim, Erin Peet-Lukes and Claire Kelly.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

Definitely the Bluebird, 3rd & Lindsley, and a good ole’ neighborhood house concert.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.

My Colorado musician friend Pamela Machala, not because she’d enjoy the humidity, but so Nashville could experience epic piano-driven songwriting.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

Obviously, co-writing with Taylor Swift, opening for Ingrid Michaelson, and touring with Steve Poltz. Did you mean the immediate musical future? Sharing my debut album Robot with the world and playing shows in Colorado, Texas, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Goshen, CT.


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