By now a prominent feature in the Austin cultural scene, singer/songwriter Shakey Graves continues to generate ever-growing buzz nationally with his distinctive, stripped-down Americana. He’s been called “unclassifiably origina. And frighteningly good” by NPR and feature in Paste‘s Best of What’s Next roundup. In the midst of a farflung tour, Austin’s hometown hero debuts on Austin City Limits.
Shakey Graves is the nom de guerre of Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who rose to prominence performing as a one-man-band around Austin in the mid-2000s. With homemade suitcase kick drum, a pair of suspenders and an arsenal of earnest songs described by Paste as “a gnarly composite of blues and folk,” Rose-Garcia quickly developed a loyal following in his hometown. He released his debut album Roll the Bones in 2011, a self-produced LP that, even years later, maintains a strong showing on Bandcamp charts. As Shakey Graves’ profile grew, so did his sound and his lineup – for 2014’s And the War Came, Rose-Garcia added more musicians to the mix for recording and touring, including vocals from Esme Patterson of Denver-based Paper Bird.
Though Shakey Graves has evolved since his days as Austin’s resident “hobo-folk” one-man act, fans will recognize Rose-Garcia’s masterful guitar work and mesmerizing vocals. “This is a doorframe album, as we’re going into a new building,” he says of And the War Came. “It’s a taste of everything – what might come in the future, which might include just guitar or the one-man band thing, but not pigeonholed to any one sound. I wanted to open some stuff up and get people ready for wherever it’s going.”
EPISODE LISTRyan Adams / Shakey Graves (41)
- ACL 41 continues with singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves
- ACL announces second half of Season 41
- ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015
- Shakey Graves wows hometown crowd
- Shakey Graves taping livestreams on May 6
- Giveaway: Shakey Graves 5/6
- New tapings: Sleater-Kinney, Cassandra Wilson and Shakey Graves