Grab your best cowboy hat and don’t worry about paying for drinks. Willie Nelson has once again opened up his ranch for a day of well-curated music, from the likes of himself to Mavis Staples to Shakey Graves…and did we mention free drinks?
As Alejandro Rose-Garcia’s foreboding tweet went in December: “Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders.” How true it was.
Can’t Wake Up did away with the Americana-influenced busker music that helped him gain fame and instead embraced the music of Harry Nilsson and The Beatles to create dreamlike, woozy soundscapes that embraced a different kind of guitar sound. As he said to Billboard in May, “Some part of me feels compelled to poke the bear about why people have such issues with growth or change because everything is changing so obviously around us.” Even with the change in sound forthcoming, it wasn’t hard for Shakey Graves to sell out two nights at 9:30 Club, though some may have come to the show wondering which version of Rose-Garcia they would see that night.
SOUNDS LIKE:A countrier, bluesier Tallest Man on Earth.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:February 9th ain’t “Shakey Graves Day” in Austin for nothing.
Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Johnny Cash and June Carter. Michael Trent and Carry Ann Hearst. These are a few of folk and country-rock's best duos. And while Michael Trent and Carry Ann Hearst, known better as Shovels & Rope, might not yet be as iconic as their predecessors, the energetic, endearing pair are well on their way.
Trent and Hearst's first joint release, Shovels & Rope, came in 2008 following separate musical endeavors - Trent with indie pop band The Films and Hearst as a solo artist. Two years later, the title of that initial EP became the band's namesake as Shovels & Rope took their act on the road. Somewhere along the way, the duo got hitched, becoming a husband-and-wife force to be reckoned with. Shovels & Rope, with their raucous live show and southern charm, keep alive the spirit of old-fashioned, "do what you can with what you have" alt-country and folk.
This year, the couple are touring seemingly nonstop in support of their 2012 debut album, O' Be Joyful, with an upcoming headlining show at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, September 11. One-man-folk-band Shakey Graves will be kicking off the fun, folk-filled night. For your chance to win tickets to the show, please do one of the following:
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