Brittany Shane splits SF for Austin 

It’s a good lesson in life: You can’t take things for granted.

Like regular Bay Area concerts from local folk-rock darling Brittany Shane, whom you could always catch somewhere around these parts every other month or so.

No longer.

She’s split the scene for good. As her marriage was ending this August, she made a clean break of it, packed up all her belongings, and headed down to Austin, a town practically fueled by her type of music.

“And believe it or not, I’m having a blast,” she reports. “I’ve made tons of new friends and I’m fitting in with the mindset down here quite well.”

Now Shane is hard at work on a follow-up to her recent “Have Heart Live Young” album. Which, given the trauma she’s endured through her separation and pending divorce, should prove to be her most reflective set yet.

“And in San Francisco, I never had a booking agent,” she sighs. “But that’s one of the first people who found me in Austin — a booking agent, who’s very aggressive about getting me shows.”

She’s also been working with local musicians — another twangy new stylistic influence. “It’s a whole new lease on life, creatively,” she says. Just don’t look for her on local bills any time soon.

For more information, visit www.brittanyshane.com.

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