October 8 2020

And The War Came

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.

Pancho.

September 23 2020

Spooky Wagons = Shakey Graves

After Some drunk guy yelled “spooky wagons” during a night of drinking and picking around a campfire during the Old Settlers Music Festival in 2007, a friend had the idea to give each other Native American Guide names.  Alejandro Rose-Garcia will forever be Known as Shakey Graves.

Shakey Graves  is  an Austin based up and comer in the Americana Genre . His groove consists of his unique voice coupled with country, folk, and bluegrass roots. He has already received an award for Best Emerging Artist at the Americana Music Awards in 2015. I see him growing into something greater than he already is.

Shakey can be a bit unpredictable at times, but his music is refreshing to the soul in this age of poor tastes. He is known for his one man band set up. A refurbished suit case becomes a kick drum and tambourine stand. A tap of his foot keeps the time while he belts out powerful poetic lyrics and plays amazing tones on his Gibson ES guitar.  He has performed on the Conan show, Late Show with David Letterman and on May 6, 2015 he performed on an episode of Austin City Limits.

Shake’s 2011 self released album Roll the Bones , features him most entirely performing solo. He is a singer, lead guitarist, bassist and rhythm section packed all in to one vinyl case. Shakey said he got the idea for the set up because he got tired of asking to borrow kick drums and high hats.

Multiple labels have hoped to work with him, however he has contracted with Dualtone Records. Since working with them he has added other musicians to his recordings and on stage.

On June 30, 2017 the band released “The Donor Blues “ and “Nobody’s Fool” as a collection titled The Horse He Rode in On. In 2018 Shakey Graves released the album Can’t Wake Up. This year, he is proud to have released Look Alive EP.

All these Albums are worth a spin and I am definitely adding them to my ever growing collection. I am personally looking forward to a light at the end of the tunnel when the Earth returns to some form of normalcy and great musicians like Shakey Graves will be back in the saddle, touring in a city near you.

Pancho