Picture this: One man with guitar in hand, left foot keeping time on a bass drum, right foot tapping a tambourine stand for accent, all the while singing with power and grit into the microphone at his lips.
Not for Austin musician Shakey Graves.
Let’s first give him a hand for his badass stage name. And then, more importantly, for his astoundingly original act. There isn’t one part that’s lacking.
I was lucky enough to catch his show last night at Hole in the Wall. This one man band sounds more full than most multi-piece bands. Shakey’s abundant use of vocal reverb echos through the entire room as if there were five of him; and his rhythm on guitar, bass drum, and tambourine is impeccable. His audience was utterly mesmerized – he even had a few standing ovations.
His recorded music is beautiful (holiday gifts anyone?); still, it doesn’t do justice to his live act. If you get the chance to see him perform, do. I have the feeling he’ll be moving on to bigger things soon. Really soon.
Check out one of my favorites from him, “Roll the Bones”:
Photo courtesy of Shakey Graves Tumblr