Shook Twins

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Shook Twins
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Background information
OriginSandpoint, Idaho
GenresFolk, pop, indie rock
Years active2004-present
MembersKatelyn Shook
Laurie Shook
Niko Daoussis
Barra Brown
Josh Simon
Past membersLane Exworthy
Kyle Volkman
Colin Duclos

Shook Twins is a folk music group originally from Sandpoint, Idaho and currently based in Portland, Oregon, formed in 2004. The nucleus of the band consists of identical twin sisters Katelyn (guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, glockenspiel, telephone microphone) and Laurie Shook (banjo, guitar, upright bass, djembe, ocarina flute, tambourine, giant golden egg).

Their style of music is often referred to as "quirky folk",[1] which incorporates acoustic instrumentation including banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, ukelele, glockenspiel, djembe, and their signature golden egg. Twin harmonies layered on top of acoustic instrumentation are coupled with Laurie's beatboxing and inventive use of a looping machine, and Katelyn's repurposed telephone microphone. The use of electronics set their sound apart, creating an eclectic and eccentric blend of folk, roots, pop and fun. A Shook Twins staple is also the addition of choruses or lines from other contemporary songs (Edward Sharpe in Shook Twins "Toll Free," for example) to their own songs, remix-style.[2] The band members have performed with or opened for Ryan Adams, Mason Jennings, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Laura Veirs, Trace Bundy, Jonatha Brooke, Michelle Shocked, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, John Craigie, Elephant Revival, The Head and the Heart and many more.

They have toured coast to coast performing at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Hulaweek, Summer Camp Music Festival, Electric Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Arise Music Festival,[3] Four Corners Folk Festival, Fayetteville Roots and more.


Katelyn and Laurie Shook were born in 1984 and grew up in Sandpoint in the Idaho Panhandle. At a very young age, the sisters started singing, joining the choir in fifth grade which they continued in high school. They developed their musical repertoire and talent throughout their teen years and subsequently enrolled at the University of Idaho at Moscow in 2002 to pursue radio/TV/digital media majors. In 2004, they both took a year off from college and played their first paid gig at a restaurant. Soon after they secured a regular gig at a winery and established themselves as the "Shook Twins".[4] The sisters played in and around Sandpoint and northern Idaho, releasing their first album "You Can Have the Rest" in 2008. Advancing their music career the twin sisters moved to Portland in December 2009, conceptualizing their 2011 release "Window." Kyle Volkman was an original member of the band joining in 2007 but left for a time and rejoined the sisters in Portland in 2009. Niko Daoussis (vocals, mandolin, guitar) formerly of The Bucky Walters joined the band as a full-time member in 2012 and often performs as his solo act, Cyber Cambel.

On April 6, 2012 an exclusive audio track "Hooks" was debuted on MTV Hive. "Hooks" was released on Shook Twins forthcoming album that was released in 2014. Shook Twins recorded in April/May 2013 with Grammy nominated producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Milo Green) due out 2014 at his Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington. A new song/video premiere from their forthcoming album debuted on Relix on July 26, 2013.[5] Katelyn and Laurie Shook's side projects include partnering with fellow Portland musician Ben Darwish with the group "Morning Ritual" on his folk Opera, "The Clear Blue Pearl." A recent Live Studio session from Oregon Public Broadcasting was featured on OPB's website. On April 5, 2018, Shook Twins debuted their latest single "Stay Wild" on Baeble Music.[6]

Band members[edit]

  • Katelyn Shook (vocals, guitar)
  • Laurie Shook (vocals, banjo)
  • Niko Daoussis (mandolin, guitar, vocals)
  • Barra Brown (drums, vocals)
  • Josh Simon (bass, vocals, electric guitar, synth)



  • You Can Have The Rest (2008)
  • Live In The Shop (2009)
  • Window (2011)
  • What We Do (2014)


  • "Rose" (2011)
  • "Holler It Down"[7] (2013)
  • "Shake"[8] (2014)
  • "Thoughts All In[9]" (2014)
  • "Hooks"[10] (2014)
  • "Awhile"[11] (2014)
  • "Call Me Out"[12] (2016)
  • "Mad Scientist"[13] (2017)
  • "Safe"[14] (2017)
  • "Shake" (2017)
  • "Stay Wild"[15] (2018)


  • Live at The Triple Door (2013)
  • 2 (2017)


  1. ^ Ham 2013.
  2. ^ Black 2012.
  3. ^ "You are being redirected..." Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  4. ^ Frye 2012.
  5. ^ "Video Premiere: Shook Twins "Holler It Down"". Relix. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  6. ^ "BAEBLE FIRST PLAY: 'Stay Wild' by Shook Twins". Baeble Music. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  7. ^ "Video Premiere: Shook Twins "Holler It Down"". Relix. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  8. ^ "Premiere: Shook Twins' 'Shake'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  9. ^ "Song Premiere: Shook Twins, "Thoughts All In" - American Songwriter". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  10. ^ "Morning Ritual". Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  11. ^ "Video Premiere: Shook Twins "Awhile"". Relix. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  12. ^ "Song Premiere: Shook Twins, "Call Me Out"". Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  13. ^ "The Shook Twins Premiere New Song "Mad Scientist"". No Depression. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  14. ^ "Feel "Safe" in the latest melodious ballad from Shook Twins - EARMILK". EARMILK. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  15. ^ "BAEBLE FIRST PLAY: 'Stay Wild' by Shook Twins". Baeble Music. Retrieved 2018-06-25.


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