Today I received my newest record from Amazon. Shakey Graves, “And The War Came”.
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My little brother turned me on to this Artist. He is someone I am following these days, I think he is going to do big things in the world of music.
Shakey is a different mix than my normal taste in music, but it’s different in such a good way. Shakey Graves music has his own sound. It has just the right mixture of folk, blues, country and rock and roll.
Can you imagine being all alone on some desolate frontier only to be distracted by the haunting sound of a train whistle and the rumble along the tracks coming at you in a high rate of speed? Your heart jumps and skips and you lose your breath. You can only stop and watch as the train barrels by. Sooner than later all you can hear is the quiet. You collect your thoughts and wonder what just happened.
Shakey’s music is much like that. It is fast it is smooth and then it gets loud. Then you are all of a sudden riding on the train and can’t wait to see what is around the next hill.
The album flows between songs where Shakey Graves is in “one man band” mode and also duets that feature Esme Patterson. Esme is a former member of the indie folk band Paper Bird.
Shakey Graves was born Alejandro Rose-Garcia. He played in New York and LA before finally settling in Austin. His Americana mix of those three cities makes the music what it is. It isn’t quite rock, and it certainly isn’t country.
Chris Boosahda is on drums for tracks 3 and 4. Boosahda also produced the album.
The music was engineered and mixed at Music House ATX by Chris Boosahda and Alejandro Rose-Garcia
Shakey Graves voice is gritty, he seems to sing naturally and effortlessly. His finger plucking guitar rifts and the fact that he is playing his drum with only a tap of his foot, gets my feet tapping everytime I hear one of his songs.
“Well I’m all grown up now and I don’t scare easy no more”Lyrics from Dearly Departed by Shakey Graves
I listened to all ten songs on the Album in one sitting, and I am not disappointed.