Progressive Rock act Evership is the conceptualization of
composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer Shane
Atkinson. Shane played in Nashville bands and as a backup musician
for CCM artists in the late 80's and 90's. As a composer he wrote
on Music Row and always having a studio running somewhere in the
Nashville area, was a prolific composer with musical work spanning
from commercials and film to orchestral and theater. He made two
records with the 90's Alternative Rock band Curious Fools, but
with the birth of his first child, he decided to leave the music
business for the budding software industry.
Shane says he never really stopped writing. "The music just
kept coming, almost haunting me. I'd constantly wake up in the
night to record song ideas. Over those years I amassed at least a
hundred hours of material. But my success in software made it
nearly impossible to get out. Something like Evership was bound to
happen, it had to happen."
Finally, in 2005, in response to a dream, he sold his big
house in the suburbs, downsized, built a recording studio, and
opened a commercial and film music production company to finance
the album effort. It would take about ten years to make the first
record; not just for the actual recording, but for raising a
family, building a studio, holding down the production company and
remaining business interests, and sifting through the mountain of
Many of the Evership songs were written long before the
project started. Some were five to ten years old even then, and
there is purportedly enough material for four or more albums.
"I've got other material, but I wanted to do this first.
Musically-speaking, Prog is where my heart is." He said while
growing up, listening to bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes,
Queen, Kansas and Jimmy Hotz, he had no idea it was progressive
music. He just liked it. Amongst his other influences were
classical composers, particularly Bach, Rachmaninov and Ravel. He
has a sizable Opera collection and is a Puccini fan. Fusion music
also played a role in the early years; Chick Corea, Al Di Miola,
Mahavishnu Orchestra, anything that challenged him musically.
"Even what I'm writing now...