“That shadow which all things cast when the sunshine of knowledge falls upon them—that shadow too am I.” -Friedrich Nietzsche, from “The Wanderer and His Shadow”

Post-folk songwriter Sheri Streeter laid claim to their place in the Louisville music scene with evocative narratives, forthright lyrics, and revealing vocals. Whether bared solo or performed with lush accompaniments, Streeter’s nuanced writing is carried by a voice you could break, underscored by a quiet intensity that is still tender to the touch. The Michigan born singer/guitarist cut their teeth writing and performing in the Kalamazoo DIY scene in the early 2000s adjacent to punk, indie, experimental, and post-hardcore bands. After a couple moves and a hiatus, Streeter hit a prolific streak, performing locally and around the U.S. while releasing several lo-fi singles, EPs, demos, and collaborations.

On their debut full-length That Shadow Too Am I, Streeter explores a darkness long eschewed in hopes of exposing and extracting one’s fatal flaw under a spotlight. Emotionally visceral, these ten tracks examine the desire for connection and vulnerability. The resulting insight into recurring themes embraces the fear of truly knowing oneself, casting compassion upon missteps and re-framing open wounds with acceptance.

Photo: Mickie WInters

“A voice of quiet, strong resolve. Clear and powerful, masking the darkness of [their] lyrics. Songs such as ‘Crotch Crucifix’ and ‘Love in the Time of Hate’ speak to the horrors that face women and the queer community in a way that also encourages and bolsters them. These are fighting songs at a time when the fights are the hardest.” – Slugger City Sounds(July 2019)

“Beautifully angry… [their] voice on [‘Crotch Crucifix’] particularly really riles me up, almost to the point of flipping tables, which is a bit unusual considering it’s mostly just Sheri and an acoustic guitar.” – Never Nervous (October 2016)

(They didn’t exactly like the song or the GOP protest/Planned Parenthood benefit comp, but…) “Musicians Attack Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin With Tune ‘Crotch Crucifix’” – Breitbart(June 2016) and “3 faith headlines for your Tuesday’-Washington Times (June 2016)

“The story of Sheri’s Streeter’s new protest song, ‘Love in the Time of Hate'” – LEO Weekly (August 2018)

‘Louisvile Music COVIDiary’ – WFPK (April 2020)

“Gorgeous sounds” – The Daily Guru (April 2014)

“Streeter’s voice features an undercurrent of fragility, and is vulnerable and earnest in delivery. On so many levels, ‘Home Videos’ is relatable.” – LEO Weekly(August 2017)

“[This] latest effort… heavily showcases Streeter’s beautiful, sometimes fierce voice and warm acoustic guitar with a bit of decorative piano, atmospheric organ and auxiliary percussion to give each track a bit of added flavor… In a short span of 5 songs, Richer For The Grief has quite an emotional range emanating sadness, anger, and sometimes furious anger.” – Never Nervous – Album of the Week and Interview (August 2017)

“[‘Love in the Time of Hate’] is about empathy. It’s about the strength it takes to carry that empathy in your daily life. In this sense, the song is both beautiful and anxiety inducing. Most of all it’s fucking real. This is a snapshot of a feeling that doesn’t just go away, even if sometimes you choose to ignore it.” – Never Nervous (August 2018)

(Sheri has songwriting credits for poet Ron Whitehead’s ‘The Shape of Water’ and the title track for ‘The Dance‘)“Record Review: Ron Whitehead & The Storm Generation Band – ‘Riding with Rebel Jesus'” – LEO Weekly (August 2019) and “Staff Picks: The Dance” – LEO Weekly (March 2019)

(Sheri contributed writing to this article)LEO Weekly: A Year Without Events: What We Missed the Most (February 2021)

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