“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 while confronting misogyny and a queer identity. The resulting insight into recurring themes embraces the fear of truly knowing oneself, casting compassion upon missteps and re-framing open wounds with acceptance.

For this new release, Streeter reinterprets old songs among previously unreleased tracks, presenting the music as more refined, delicate, and uncompromising while their DIY approach remains a valued artistic statement necessary to protect the work’s authenticity. The playfully dark chamber pop song “Broken Doll” details an irreparable relationship based on an immature desire for affection without reciprocity. The standout track “The Forest”—the emotional pinnacle of the album—calls out to a forlorn lover like a siren song to move forward by staying still. Fan favorites like the sweetly green-eyed “Seen and Not Heard,” the haunting grief of “Love in the Time of Hate,” and the blatant and turbulent “Inside Her” receive fresh treatment from the band while giving a nod to previous arrangements.

On That Shadow Too Am I, Streeter worked with engineer/producer Dave Chale at DeadBird Studios with a backing band featuring ambient/lead guitarist Mark Hamilton and jazz-trained drummer Zack Kennedy paying homage to Streeter’s love for live, independent music without sacrificing professional quality. The album is rounded out by guest appearances from ex-opera singer/cellist Kate Wakefield, bass and vocals from Jake Hellman, and Dave Chale on organ and bass.

Resisting masculine/feminine dichotomies while balancing musical dialectics, That Shadow Too Am I is at once unhurried yet busy, sweet and commanding, brooding but empowered. Streeter reconciles these “opposites” not as a contradiction, but as two sides of the same coin guiding where to draw the line and where it needs flexibility to breathe. Rejecting a performative life with songs borne fighting through obstacles amplified when you cannot face your truth, Streeter inspires others to push through and find themselves again, too.

That Shadow Too Am I will be released on Friday, May 6th, 2022.

Photo: Mickie Winters

“Delicate and uncompromising.” – WFPK 91.9 FM (April 2022)

“’Seen And Not Heard’ sees Streeter’s rich, emotionally-complex voice in front of razor-sharp and carefully-layered folk, while the introspective lyrics burn with a subtle intensity throughout the song.” – LEO Weekly (February 2022)

That Shadow Too Am I is a powerful, evocative exploration of human interactions.” – Proglodytes (March 2022) 

“Warm guitars, emotional vocals, and vibrant energy are the hallmark of ‘All the Miles.'”  – Country Queer (April 2022)

“A voice of quiet, strong resolve. Clear and powerful, masking the darkness of [their] lyrics. Songs such as ‘Inside Her’ 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 [‘Inside Her’] 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)

“A lot has happened in the world since the last time we’ve written about Sheri Streeter… ‘The Forest’ may be about personal struggles from before the pandemic… but it does feel as if their new single carries the weight of all of those things.” –Never Nervous (February 2022)

“Louisville Music COVIDiary” – WFPK (April 2020)

“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 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 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)

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

(Streeter has songwriting credits for poet Ron Whitehead’s ‘The Shape of Water’ and the title track for ‘The Dance‘)LEO Weekly (August 2019) and LEO Weekly (March 2019)

“Musicians Attack Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin with Tune [‘Inside Her’]” – Breitbart (June 2016) and Washington Times (June 2016)

(Streeter was invited to contribute to this article about live music.)LEO Weekly (February 2021)

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