It’s hard to believe that just a couple of years ago, Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) was playing dive bar open-mic nights around his hometown of Austin, TX, performing on stage with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a handmade kickdrum built out of an old suitcase.
With the release of his new album ‘And The War Came’ on Dualtone Records, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, the enigmatic songwriter has quickly risen from obscurity into the national spotlight, culminating with a debut TV performance on Conan, a feature story on NPR’s Weekend Edition, cover stories in the Austin Chronicle and Texas Music Magazine, a profile in the New York Times, and critical praise from The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, The LA Times, Garden and Gun, American Songwriter and more.
The first single from ‘And The War Came,’ “Dearly Departed (featuring Esmé Patterson),” was streamed more than two million times on Spotify before the album release date, topping their “Viral Top 50″ chart. His 2011 self-released debut album ‘Roll the Bones’ is one of Bandcamp’s all time digital best-sellers. New listeners around the world continue to discover his music every day, often through a series of live performance videos on YouTube which have collectively racked up millions of views.
With a constantly expanding grassroots following and breakout sets at festivals around North America including Newport Folk, Hangout, Sasquatch, Pickathon, Austin City Limits, Stagecoach, Montreal Jazz Fest and Firefly, the audiences at his own shows have grown exponentially. So too has the expanse of his lauded live show, as he is now joined on stage by a rotating cast of backing musicians, including drummer and vocalist Chris Boosahda, who co-produced ‘And The War Came.’
Shakey Graves is on pace to sell out nearly his entire fall headlining tour, including sold-out shows at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, three consecutive nights at Denver’s Bluebird Theater and major venues in DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and other cities.
Press for Shakey Graves:
“Unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.” – NPR Music
“[And the War Came] jumps between mournful, largely solo ballads and heavier and more aggressive multi-instrument fare.” – New York Times
“Boundary-pushing…electrifying.” – LA Times
“One of the year’s most astonishing records.” – Garden & Gun
“A rising folk hero.” – Esquire
“He takes over the stage…performing is in his blood.” – NPR World Café
“A gnarly composite of blues and folk.” – Paste “Best of What’s Next”
“Fierce…rolling tempos that ride the rails of a speeding and slowing four on the floor.” – Noisey
“Graceful, intimate and dark…beautifully aching harmonies.” – Relix