Shane Fontayne | What Nature Intended

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What Nature Intended

by Shane Fontayne

The guitarist for Springsteen, Maria McKee, Paul Simon, Marc Cohn, and more steps out with driven melodic songs with distinct British overtones. Driving & sardonic, ethereal & lush. For the rock connoisseur.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Weight Of The World
5:19 $0.99
2. Little Napoleons
5:25 $0.99
3. Cut From The Same Cloth
4:42 $0.99
4. Spin It
3:54 $0.99
5. Serenade
1:17 $0.99
6. Marlene
3:56 $0.99
7. So High
4:28 $0.99
8. Bubble & Squeak
2:55 $0.99
9. It's Only Love
4:38 $0.99
10. Weigh Down Into Gold
4:51 $0.99
11. Burmese Inertia
4:20 $0.99
12. There's Only Room For Me
5:01 $0.99
13. Voodoo In The House
6:00 $0.99
14. You'll Never Know
5:21 $0.99
15. Orchestral Napoleons
1:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
As a guitarist, Shane Fontayne has toured, performed and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Marc Cohn, Steve Forbert, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Mick Taylor and John Waite. He has collaborated as a writer and co-producer with Waite and also with Maria McKee, as a member of Lone Justice.

In 2000, Shane embarked on a career as a solo artist, mostly performing in the Los Angeles area. His debut solo CD "What Nature Intended" is being played on the prestigious KCRW radio station in Santa Monica,CA.

Kastle Wasserman wrote in the L.A.Times that Shane's solo material is "impressive" and in her Los Angeles @ nite web page she writes:

"....I was delighted to make a discovery of my own. I happened upon a set by guitarist Shane Fontayne (who played with Lone Justice and Bruce Springsteen during the non-E Street years). This guy has the kind of voice you'd hear in old fashioned Christmas carols and the stage presence of a confident, seasoned performer. He's a real ear-turner!"

Shane's songwriting style is rooted in his upbringing-England in the 1960's. The material on What Nature Intended is melodic, sometimes lush with vocal harmonies-at times driving and sardonic and at other times, ethereal and romantic.



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Laura T Lynch of

Divine diversity !
Fontayne brings expertise and excellence to his self-produced solo effort. This fourteen plus bonus track CD is an eclectic mix of songs featuring a variety of seasoned players. Shane handles lead vocals and of course guitars as well as keys, mandolin and steel. Fontayne is gifted as this multi-faceted CD reveals. Shane culls from a range of genres including rock, melodic, jazz, rap and British. He explores a gamut of moods from hard driving, to sardonic to romantic. This is a full spectrum CD that showcases striking guitar work, layered instrumentation and varied vocals. 'Weight of the World' is a stellar example of the quality guitar work, dynamic instrumentation and unique singing stylings that are a constant throughout this collection. 'Cut From The Same Cloth' is a tapestry of varied paces and elaborate tones. 'Marlene' is a cool jazz tune. Divine diversity is the best ways to describe this impressive CD from the multi-talented Shane Fontayne!

Keith Simmonds

"What nature intended" is for all of us to listen....
"Shane who?..?" This might be one's first reaction when mentioning this seasoned veteran's first solo release; that is, until you realize that you have most probably been listening to his music since the1970's. He has recorded, performed, and/or composed with the likes of Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, and Lone Justice just to name a few (view his bio and hear the music at On "What Nature Intended", Shane demonstrates just what keeps the greatest songwriters and performers in the world calling on him for their own projects.

This record runs deep. Songwriting, production, musicianship, arrangements, and lyrics are all strongly represented here on this self-produced effort. Fontayne's ethereal, fluid guitar work, and hypnotic, tribal grooves combine with rich vocal harmonies and arrangements, weaving a variety of musical soundscapes: from the anthemic mosh of cut from the same cloth, to the languid beauty of so high, the sad haunting of little napoleons, the sheer fun and bounce of there's only room for me, and the....well......."voodoo" of voodoo in the house. There are flavors of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, solo Robby Robertson, smoky jazz clubs, evolving relationships, and glorious spring days. This is not a "one sound" record. There are fourteen very strong, but quite varied tunes offered here, (not including the bonus track at the end, a classical string and vocal arrangement of little napoleons, that has me wishing it went on a bit longer than its actual one minute or so).

Fontayne has taken all the richness of his life, his musical influences, and his career and poured them into every note. There is a reverence for the music in his songwriting and performance, as if the music were directing and playing him, not the other way around. Yet his dedication and attention to detail, coupled with his keen production, keep the often-thick arrangements sounding cohesive, emotive, and powerful. There is no wasted sound (or silence) here, and still, with each listen, there is something new to hear. I recommend a listen through your best set of headphones for a real treat. The production and arrangement are outstanding and propel the songs, without overshadowing them and sounding technical.

What holds these fourteen gems together, and makes the record a great event to listen to in its entirety, is its theme. Lyrically, the record is a celebration of the human spirit, both the lightest and the darkest aspects. It is a celebration of the experience of living life, with all its discord and beauty, and of the search and eventual claiming of love, the glue that holds this whole crazy experience together. The lyrics have some clever unexpected twists, and are powerful without being preachy or didactic.

For all of us rock and pop aficionados who continue to grow and evolve through the years, this record speaks straight to the heart. It will have you dancing, reflecting, and celebrating the great dance we call life. So visit Shane and the music at, and pick up a copy of this CD, as the man who has been a "household sound" on so many great recordings and performances over the last three decades, becomes a "household name" along with the Bruce Springsteens, the Paul Simons, and the Rod Stewarts of our generation. What nature intended is for all of us to listen.

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Terry M.

Fantastic Music From The Talented Mr. Fontayne
After hearing Shane play live, I bought two copies a month ago, one for the car and one for the house. His music is constantly playing in both. Hauntingly beautiful, rocking songs from the heart. Definite Beatles influence .... but with a fresh new sound. Major labels & radio stations take note!! This is GREAT STUFF!!


More Than Meets The Eye!
I read the lyrics at Shane's site and bought the CD based on that alone. The songs on this CD are by far better than any new music being played on the radio. Another CD to leave the repeat button on for. I don't see myself putting it away for a long time.


almost famous, almost perfect
I caught an interview with Shane on KCRW Santa Monica, CA, and liked the music and the person. He played the best tracks from the CD live on the air, chatting in between sets with Nic Harcourt, also from England. Shane at times sounds like Lou Reed, then like Bono or Chris Martin of Cold Play, then like Paul McCartney, but luckily his own persona also comes through. His guitar playing is gorgeous, and it's easy to see why he has been a sought-after guitarist, building up quite an impressive resume. In the radio interview he expressed his mounting desire to break out on his own which is why this is clearly coming from the heart. He should however have been slightly more selective and left 9 or 10 songs on the album instead of 14, it would have been much tighter and would have seemed more complete. It's difficult to excercise self-dicipline and "kill your darlings" - but the end result will be far more satisfying if one trims the excess fat and thereby comes up with a five star album as opposed to a four star album. But again, overall a beautiful album from a great guy who deserves to be not just almost famous but famous period. Hope to catch one of his shows in Southern California this summer....

Lisa H.

Shane for inspiration in the studio
I heard Shane here in Colorado. I immediately ordered WHAT NATURE INTENDED and play it in my studio for inspiration. The music has what it takes to lift the lid off my own creativity. There's energy, poetry and a delicious dose of refreshing music. It's my gift of choice this year....those lucky friends!