Shakey Graves: “Word of Mouth”

Photo by Jarred Gastriech

It’s New Year’s Eve, and there are few better ways to spend it than with one of Austin’s rising stars–an artist who’s bound to have a pretty big 2014.

I’m speaking of Alejandro Rose-Garcia, or, as he’s better known, Shakey Graves. The singer, songwriter, and one-man band, has been hailed by the likes of NPR Music and The New York Times. He graced the cover of the March 2013 issue of Austin Monthly. His breakthrough 2011 LP Roll the Bones burns with the quiet, intensity of his intimate live performances.

When the native Austinite takes the stage here in his hometown, it’s likely to be standing-room only. Tonight, Rose-Garcia shares the stage at The Parish with fellow Texan Robert Ellis. Back in April, we here at KUTX were lucky enough to get our very own concert from Shakey Graves. He stopped by Studio 1A to perform a few tunes including “Word of Mouth.” His picking is delicate and dextrous. The notes dance and bubble under his expressive campfire vocals. When the pace quickens toward the halfway point of the song, you wonder how all this beautiful music is coming from just one dude. But it’s most definitely all him, and you can see for yourself this New Year’s Eve.


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