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Shakey Graves

Playing a smoky, spectral fusion of blues, folk, and rock in a stripped-down one-man-band style, Shakey Graves is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Alejandro Rose-Garcia. Born in Austin, Texas on June 4, 1987, Rose-Garcia grew up in a family that encouraged his creative pursuits -- his mother was an actress who also worked as a director and writer, while his father managed a theater. Initially, Rose-Garcia followed his interest in acting, working with his high school's drama club and later moving to Los Angeles, where he appeared in several films (including Spy Kids 3: Game Over and Material Girls), as well as landing a recurring role on the TV series Friday Night Lights. But Rose-Garcia also had a passion for music, and he wrote and recorded songs in his spare time. In 2007, Rose-Garcia attended the Old Settler's Music Festival in Driftwood, Texas, and while spending time with friends, they began coining rustic nicknames for one another; someone dubbed Rose-Garcia "Shakey Graves," and the name stuck.

In 2009, Rose-Garcia saw a performance by blues-punk one-man-band Bob Log III, and was impressed both by Log's minimal performance style and how he used tempo and key changes to keep his songs unpredictable and hold the audience's attention. Drawing inspiration from Log, Rose-Garcia began crafting a stage persona for Graves, using foot pedals to keep the beat with a tambourine and a bass drum fashioned from a suitcase, while playing music he dubbed "hobo folk." As audiences were impressed by his music, charisma, and talent for spinning tales, Shakey Graves evolved from a part-time home-brewed music project into a growing presence on the Austin music scene. In 2011 he released the first Shakey Graves album, Roll the Bones, which documented his stripped-down performing approach. Initially released online, Roll the Bones became an impressive independent success, and the Mayor of Austin acknowledged his rising star in 2012 by declaring February 9 "Shakey Graves Day."

Later in 2012, Graves released a follow-up EP, Donor Blues, and attracted the attention of independent roots music label Dualtone Records, which signed Graves to a recording contract. Graves' first album for Dualtone, 2014's And the War Came, found him expanding his approach, using backing musicians on several tracks as well as duetting with vocalist Esmé Patterson. Graves toured extensively in support, as well as appearing on a number of leading TV variety shows, including Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Austin City Limits. In 2015, Graves decided to celebrate the anniversary of Shakey Graves Day by releasing a digital album, Nobody's Fool, which was available as a free download for three days only, from February 9 to February 11, 2015. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: And The War Came

1. This Is The Beginning

2. Only Son

3. Dearly Departed (Feat. Esme Patterson)

4. The Perfect Parts

5. Hard Wired

6. Family And Genus

7. Big Time Nashville Star (Feat. Esme Patterson)

8. Pansy Waltz

9. House Of Winston

10. If Not For You

11. Call It Heaven (Feat. Esme Patterson)

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Track List: Dearly Departed (Live At Pandora)

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Track List: Tomorrow (Single)

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even better live
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"You and I both know" epic
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think i fell in love

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cool
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Just saw Shakey live for the first time at Forecastle. His performance was very captivating. I love his beautifully unique voice. His quarkey ramblings and yodeling really let his personality shine through. A very memorable performance.
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I saw Shakey at the 9:30 Club in D.C. back in November, it was better than I could have expected. He really connects with the audience, and you feel like he's playing just for you. Don't miss an opportunity to see this guy perform.
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these guys are great
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We can't wait to see them in Spokane. For 95.3 KPND party.
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houstondesir a e
Best.artist. E V E R ! !
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This is good.
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He did an awesome show in NZ ... We want him back again!! ❤️����
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✋ ( high-five )
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And the War Came is so perfect
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Saw him over a year ago and it was amazing. Especially with Esme Patterson :D LOVE them. Shakey has a hilarious and friendly stage presence and I cannot wait to see him again.
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Got turned into his music through a friend of mine. I need to see him live
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montanos47
So glad I saw Shakey on Austin City Limits. Great surprise to get him on Pandora! Sherrie
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My friends saw him I Iowa City 2 years ago and I regret that I missed that show ever since. I recently saw him in Chicago and fell in love with the performance! His acoustic died at the beginning of the second song (RIP), and he continued to kill the show. So much great energy, so much talent, and enthusiasm radiate from this man. It's beautiful! ❤️
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Seen him two times. Amazing!! Love his music. Just wait and see. He is going to be big time Nashville star..
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Thank God he's on Pandora now.
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Love this guy
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Found Shakey Graves on my Alabama Shakes radio and im so glad I got the chance to hear this guy because its made my music better as an artist and a developing musician.
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Just saw him at Sasquatch... h e made me smile more than any other performer!
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Saw Shakey Graves in Tellurid last summer, had never heard of him and was blown away. just snother reason why i love Tellurid music festivals
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I thought he was Shovels and Rope. Surlrised they aren't listed in the Similar artist category
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anntobrien
Shakey Graves kinda sounds like Roger Miller.
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anntobrien
kinda sounds like Roger Willams.
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...SHAKEY GRAVES, Audio Tree Live...
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I wish there was more about the female artist, at least on this track. She co-wrote this song, and she's my favorite!
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Amazingly original music ;) so interesting & mesmerizing :) I luv this music .
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Perfect Parts will be the song that puts him over the popular music edge. This album will be the one to put Shakey on mainstream radio.
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His new Cd comes out in 6 days. Support this one of a kind hard working unique as all hell musician. His time is coming. He's gonna blow up here soon.
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Shakes Graves kicks a** cant wait till he comes to Asheville.
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hoylemania
Check the version of this on the audiotree session. Kills it.
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Dusty Lion recorded!? Where the heck can I find that version??
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I'm going out on a limb to predict he will be a household name very soon. Amazing artist.
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vagrantunder t o w
His live show really super charges the recordings you hear on here. Go support him!
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parkerjulia
Check out "built to Roam" and "Daisy Chain"- some of Shakey's best work.
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How about Late July ? Haven't heard it on here yet . Great song !
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haywaem
He is amazing! Gotta get more of his songs on here!
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yep - need to put on more of his songs, there are plenty more than these on here.
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Make available more of his works
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j.hoffman98
late July is the best
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charles.dill
Great artist, my favorite song is not available here. Called Roll the Bones.
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He's one of my favorite artists by far. What an extremely talented lad.
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Georgia Moon is my favorite song by them!
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thomastavare s
ditto
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Come on, gimme some lyrics & an album photo. :D

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