Music critic, Ann Powers, commented that Shelby Earl's track, "Under the Evergreen," was "a call for Pacific Northwest music insiders to transcend their own assumptions of what's cool." In our interview with Earl
, it was revealed Powers' interpretation differs from the true meaning: "Every song is up for interpretation, and that was Ann's take on the song (which is interesting and insightful)! But it is different from the original intention. I wrote this song when I was trudging through my days at a 9-5 corporate job and I was MISERABLE. I would sit in meetings at work and my heart and mind would be somewhere far, far away (usually cooking up lyrics or daydreaming about touring). But like most people who need to earn their own living, I felt stuck. Finally I had a revelation that no one was MAKING me stay in that job. No one was saying I COULDN'T do music full-time. I just hadn't tried! So it was while I was considering my options that I wrote Under Evergreen. It was sort of a 'note to self' - or a personal challenge - to look beyond what seemed to be the obvious path and to start dreaming again."