Shakey Graves

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Shakey Graves
Shakey Graves performs at the Longhorn City Limits stage in 2021
Shakey Graves performs at the Longhorn City Limits stage in 2021
Background information
Birth nameAlejandro Rose-Garcia
Born (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 35)
Austin, Texas
GenresAmericana
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
Instrument(s)Guitar
Years active2007–present
LabelsDualtone
Websiteshakeygraves.com

Shakey Graves (born Alejandro Rose-Garcia; June 4, 1987) is an American Americana musician from Austin, Texas.[1]

His music combines blues, folk, country, and rock and roll. Rose-Garcia received his stage name at Old Settler's Music Festival in 2007 after a stranger, apparently high on LSD, rambled "spooky wagons". Then he and his friends jokingly gave each other Native American guide names over a campfire. After an inspired night of playing music, he decided to keep the name.[2]

History[edit]

Before being known as Shakey Graves, Rose-Garcia had acting roles in Friday Night Lights and the Spy Kids franchise.[3]

Shakey Graves became known for his one-man band set up and most of his 2011 self-released debut album Roll the Bones features him playing solo.[4] This set up originated after he grew tired of having to borrow kick drums and high hats in order to perform. His solution consisted of a modified suitcase that functions as both a kick drum and a tambourine stand built by a close friend.

His unique style of performance led to him being asked to be the official “busker” for the Edward Sharpe and Mumford & Sons Railroad Revival Tour in 2011, where he played music for patrons entering each venue.

His follow-up EP The Donor Blues was released in 2012, and features a collection of recordings from 2009.[5]

After being courted by multiple labels, Shakey Graves signed with Dualtone Records.[6] When he began working on the album, he added other musicians to his recording process and live set, including multi-instrumentalists Patrick O'Connor, Jon Shaw, and Chris Boosahda, who produced the album. Three songs are duets with ex-Paper Bird member Esmé Patterson. The album, titled And the War Came, was released on October 7, 2014.

Shakey Graves then began touring as a three-piece band. The band made their television debut on October 14, 2014, on Conan,[7] and then appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Dearly Departed" with Patterson.[8] The band performed their next single, "The Perfect Parts", on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[4] On May 6, 2015, the band performed on Austin City Limits.[9]

In September 2015, Shakey Graves won the Best Emerging Artist award at the 2015 Americana Music Awards.[10]

On February 9, 2012, Lee Leffingwell, the Mayor of Austin, proclaimed a "Shakey Graves Day".[11] Every year on February 9 through the 11th, Shakey Graves offers all of his music, including unreleased albums The State of Texas vs. Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Story of My Life, As Per Request, and West of Calgary on Bandcamp for pay-what-you-want prices.[12]

On June 30, 2017, the band released The Donor Blues and Nobody's Fool as a collection titled Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode In On on vinyl and streaming services under the Dualtone label.[13]

Shakey Graves released their third studio album, Can't Wake Up, on May 4, 2018, on Dualtone Records.[14][needs update]

On May 8, 2020, Shakey Graves released the Look Alive EP

On April 2, 2021, Shakey Graves re-released his debut album Roll the Bones on Dualtone Records for its 10-year anniversary. The album was originally self-released on CD-R. Entitled Roll the Bones X, the re-release includes additional songs not included on the original.[15] The album reached number 136 on the US Billboard 200.[16]

On May 31, 2022, Shakey Graves appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing "This Town" with Trixie Mattel.[17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[18]
US
Folk

[19]
US
Indie

[20]
Roll the Bones
  • Released: January 1, 2011
  • Re-released: April 2, 2021
  • Labels: self-released, Dualtone
136
[A]
5 21
And the War Came
  • Released: October 7, 2014
  • Label: Dualtone
44 4 8
Can't Wake Up
  • Released: May 4, 2018
  • Label: Dualtone
154 9 13
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[18]
US
Folk

[19]
US
Indie

[20]
Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode In On
  • Released: June 30, 2017
  • Label: Dualtone
[B] 13 10
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

  • Donor Blues EP (2012)
  • Nobody's Fool (Dualtone, 2015)[22]
  • The Sleep EP (2018)
  • Night Owl Sessions (2018)[23]
  • Look Alive EP (2020)

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
AAA

[24]
US
Rock
Air.

[25]
CAN
Rock

[26]
"Dearly Departed"
(featuring Esmé Patterson)
2014 5 49 49 And the War Came
"Tomorrow"[28] 2016 Non-album single
"Kids These Days" 2018 40 Can't Wake Up
"Mansion Door" 37
"A World So Full of Love"[29] 2019 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Single Year Album
"This Town"
(Trixie Mattel featuring Shakey Graves)
2022 The Blonde & Pink Albums

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Roll the Bones charted in USA upon the release of Roll the Bones X in 2021.
  2. ^ Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode In On did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 85 on the US Top Album Sales Chart.[21]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Suitcase Musician Comes Home: Shakey Graves On 'And The War Came'". Npr.org. 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  2. ^ "Shakey Graves -- Late July". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  3. ^ "Alejandro Rose-Garcia". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  4. ^ a b "Shakey Graves Performs 'The Perfect Parts' on 'Late Night'". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  5. ^ "New Music: Shakey Graves – "Doe, Jane"". Consequence of Sound. 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  6. ^ "Full Circle". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  7. ^ "Shakey Graves "Dearly Departed" 10/14/14". tbs.com. 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  8. ^ "Shakey Graves: "Dearly Departed" - David Letterman". cbs.com. 2015-02-14. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  9. ^ "ACL Review: Shakey Graves". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  10. ^ a b "2015 Americana Awards: Shakey Graves, Sturgill Simpson & Lucinda Williams Win Big Honors". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  11. ^ "Shakey Graves Celebrates "Shakey Graves Day" Anniversary With Pay-What-You-Want Release". americansongwriter.com. 2015-02-09.
  12. ^ "Shakey Graves Allowing You To Pay What You Want for Entire Catalog for 72 Hours, Half of Proceeds to Go to Charity". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  13. ^ "Review: Shakey Graves Impresses with Full Collection of Past EPs - Atwood Magazine". 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  14. ^ "Shakey Graves Announces New Album and Tour Dates". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  15. ^ "Shakey Graves retraces his debut album with 'Roll The Bones X' reissue". Tennesean.com. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  16. ^ @billboardcharts (April 12, 2021). "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200..." (Tweet). Retrieved April 13, 2021 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Bouza, Kat. "Trixie Mattel Teams With Shakey Graves for 'This Town' on 'Kimmel'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  18. ^ a b "Shakey Graves – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Shakey Graves – Chart History: Americana/Folk Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Shakey Graves – Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  21. ^ "Shakey Graves – Chart History: Top Album Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  22. ^ Pearson, Jeff. "Shakey Graves Shares Nobody's Fool EP for "Shakey Graves Day"". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  23. ^ "Night Owl Sessions by Shakey Graves". bandcamp.com. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  24. ^ "Shakey Graves – Chart History: Triple A Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  25. ^ "Shakey Graves – Chart History: Rock Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  26. ^ "Shakey Graves – Chart History: Canada Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  27. ^ "Canadian certifications – Shakey Graves". Music Canada. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  28. ^ "Tomorrow by Shakey Graves". bandcamp.com. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  29. ^ "A World So Full of Love - Single by Shakey Graves on Apple Music". Apple Music (US). Retrieved February 13, 2020.

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