In the Spotlight: Jack Shannon


ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) – On this segment of In the Spotlight, we are in Rockville to introduce you to a song writer of a different breed.

“Well I’m a professional dog trainer,” explained Jack Shannon. “I’ve always had dogs and worked with dogs since I was a kid. And then I was with the sheriff’s department for many years and I was a K-9 handler for 16 years. And after I left the sheriff’s department I went into my own business.”

Jack Shannon trains K-9’s for local law enforcement agencies.

He may not be the picture you have in your mind when you think of a singer songwriter. That is, until you hear his music.

“Well, I started when I was about 8 years old. And my brothers played and my dad. And there was always music in our house,” Shannon described.

His love for playing then turned into a love for writing.

“I always thought I could write a song. I’ve always been into the song writers more then bands. That type of thing,” he continued. “When I’d play out a lot, people would always ask for a CD.
And I never had one. So I thought I’d do a CD. So to save some money I thought I’d write a few songs to throw on there to make it a little cheaper.”

His upbringing not only fostered his love for song writing, but also gave him something to write about.

“The song called Same Old Moon. I was driving back through the river bottoms down by Lyford, where we would go hunt for arrow heads as kids. It was all lit up on a bright moon night. I began to think about what that looked like when the Indians were out there. And then it kind of just hit me that wow, the same moon I’m looking at tonight is the same moon they looked at. So I wrote the song about how we share the same old moon. No matter who you are, anyone who has ever walked the earth shares that same moon.”

Jack’s passion for writing music would lead him to Nashville. And as luck would have it, his other passion would play a key role in his success.

“Douglas Corner is a big song writers place there in Nashville and I was there one night and someone mentioned that I was a dog trainer,” Jack said. “Well I had people coming up to talk to me about dog training that I could have never approached. Ended up meeting a lot of great writers from Nashville that really helped me and took me under their wing.”

Taking what he learned from Nashville’s greats and playing it back to those who will listen.

“It’s fun just to write something and then just throw it out there and see what happens.”

Jack Shannon will be appearing at the Ritz Theater in Rockville with two-time, Grammy winning Bluegrass artist, Clay Hess on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

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