Local Music: Band’s new album honors life in Cache Valley

The Shuttles, composed of Utah State students and headed by singer-songwriter Ben Hibshman, will be releasing its second album, In This Valley, Friday Jan. 22nd at the Lundstrom Center. “This album is a collection of songs,” said Hibshman. “It’s about growing up in Cache Valley and loving every minute of it.” Hibshman says In This Valley isn’t really a concept album; it holds more of a theme. While explaining the album, he spoke of themes like friendship, family, change and overall happiness with life and your surroundings. “I want people to have songs they can relate to,” said Hibshman. “I don’t really write sappy love songs, so I wrote about where I live. I think people can relate a little more to that.” Hibshman said writing and recording the album has not been easy. While still attending school, he said finishing the album has taken patience and determination. The ten-track album is composed of songs Hibshman has been writing and performing for the past two years. “The album brings out pop, Americana and some country aspects, which is something I’ve grown to love,” said Hibshman. “I feel In This Valley really captures what living in Cache Valley is all about.” The track, This Cold Season, speaks of making it through the cold winters in Logan. Reflection Song focuses on the beauty of the Valley, and the title track, In This Valley, gives you a taste of Hibshman’s optimism for life. Fence Lines, another song on the album, gives a history lesson on the Bear River Massacre, an event which happened in the northern end of the valley some 150 years ago. Hibshman says he is influenced by Johnathan Rice, M. Ward, Brendan Benson and others alike; all of which you can hear in The Shuttles sound. In This Valley will be released on Sioux City Records and tracks from it can be heard on

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The Shuttles will be sharing the stage with NightNight (winner of the 2009 Velour Battle of the Bands) and Desert Noises, both from Provo, UT. The show starts at 8 p.m. The cost to attend is $2 and the show is sponsored by the USU Independent Music Club. You can purchase In This Valley at any Shuttles show as well as on iTunes.

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