Shepherd released a new album, her third, earlier this month. Titled “This is America,” it features her distinctive voice set to straight-ahead country arrangements, with tunes about drinkin’ and hurtin’ and lookin’ back and growin’ up. It compares quite well with her first two albums.
But this time around, the stories within the songs aren’t the only things she’s picturing. After two years on a major label, she’s gone independent. Now she doesn’t just get to focus on lyrics and performances: Now she has to envision every aspect of her career that she wants to happen.