Shiny and the Spoon

Cincinnati, OH

Two years ago, Magnolia Mountain guitarist Jordan Neff partnered up with singer/songwriter Amber Nash to become Shiny and the Spoon (ostensibly she’s the former and he’s the latter, although the arrangement seems malleable). In the interim, Nash has boarded the Magnolia Mountain express as a vocalist and Shiny and the Spoon has become one of the city’s most extraordinary stripped-back, old-time, front-porch outfits. Like Johnny and June, Neff and Nash are personally connected, which makes Shiny and the Spoon much more than your standard Folk duo. And their prominent use of ukulele has made them favorites in the uke-lovers underground (yes, there is one).

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Elvis Costello and Patty Griffin channeling Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris with a ukulele. (Brian Baker)