With a hand-crafted suitcase kick-drum, tambourine along his side-body, and guitar strapped around his mid-section Shakey Graves has been called Austin’s best one man band by numerous sources. But he is so much more than that. Listening to his songs you can’t believe that kind of sound is coming from one guy—one young guy (mid-twenties). His skill in guitar picking is impressive, stylistically in the same vein as the likes of guitar talents, Leo Kottke and Townes Van Zandt. Equally as impressive is the divine voice that soars out of him. The folksy tales of personal trials and western inspired imagery add another element. All of this pours out of Alejandro Rose-Garcia (real name) while he continues the finger picking, tambourine, and kick drum playing. The total package is something that speaks to the soul. It’s pastoral, yet fresh. It’s folk and blues at its best. It’s all together captivating. Since his start circa ‘07 we named the Austin singer-songwriter one of our twelve artists of 2012 and the city of Austin has declared Febuary 9th Shakey Graves Day. He has released two albums, Roll the Bones and Donor Blues—both critically acclaimed and both a must hear. While he’s been on tour the past year, he’ll be playing SXSW in March and is booked to play three festivals this summer, inclusding Suburbia, The Hangout Music Fest, and the Firefly Music Fest. Catch him here Monday January 27 at 1 p.m.
- Cactus Cafe