Shakey Graves

Whiskey Shivers

at Low Spirits Bar & Stage
2823 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque NM
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April 29, 2014 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Time: 8:00pm     Day: Tuesday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: 21+ without parent or guardian    
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Tickets are $15 (including a $2 service charge). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Shakey GravesShakey Graves' "stunning" (KUT-FM) one-man show has made him a hero in his hometown, so much so that the Mayor of Austin, TX gave him his own holiday: February 9th is officially "Shakey Graves Day" in the Live Music Capitol of the World. His set involves a hand-made suitcase kick drum and feverish finger-picking, following in the tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Leo Kottke and Michael Hurley.

NPR Music called his debut album Roll the Bones "unclassifiably original and frighteningly good," while Daytrotter wrote, "Incredible storytelling... the full-bodied richness of a novella, set in the sketchy, rattlesnake-infested wilds of the southern parts of America."

Born Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Shakey Graves, an Austin High School graduate, is also a longtime actor who had a recurring role on "Friday Night Lights" and has appeared in a handful of Robert Rodriguez films. Roll the Bones, which was self-released in 2011, landed him a spot as the official busker of the Railroad Revival Tour with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show.

"As Rose-Garcia begins plucking ragged, sparse folk music punctuated by a makeshift kick drum fashioned out of a suitcase, drum heads and bass drum pedals, audiences hush and gather close, almost entranced. His grip tightens, and as he jumps his voice up an octave, songs' tempos shift seemingly at random and his vocals jump from a whisper to a yelp, causing eyes and ears in usually chatty rooms like Antone's and Stubb's to lock onto him."

A freewheelin', trashgrassin', folk tornado, Whiskey Shivers take traditional instrumentation, soak it in gasoline and send it into outer space. Breakneck speeds, killer grooves and impeccable musicianship: it's enough to make Bill Monroe himself do a double-take as he spins in his grave. Whiskey Shivers adds a fine layer of grit on top of the hard-driving rhythms of traditional bluegrass. They've been called everything from "trashgrass" to "hardcore roots" to "crazy-assed redneck music"—whatever the words, the meaning is the same: Whiskey Shivers brings the house down.

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