*SOLD OUT* Shakey Graves & Wild Child
About Shakey Graves: Performing live with nothing but a guitar and a handmade kickdrum built out of an old suitcase, Austin, TX’s “astonishing one-man-show” (NPR Music) Shakey Graves has quickly risen from obscurity into the national spotlight since the release of his debut full-length LP “Roll the Bones.”
Nearly two years later, as word of his haunting lo-fi recordings and contrastingly explosive live shows spreads, the self-released album continues to sell at a vigorous pace, consistently ranking near the top of Bandcamp’s digital “best-seller” charts. The album was recently released as a limited-edition vinyl LP, which sold out almost instantly. New listeners around the world continue to discover his music every day, often through a series of live performance videos on YouTube (which have collectively racked up well over 1.5 million views). His videos for MySpace and Cadillac’s “One Two Watch” documentary series have also gathered over 3 millions views alone.
Along with breakout festival performances at Pickathon, Austin City Limits, SXSW, Montreal Jazz Fest, Edmonton Folk Fest and the Americana Music Conference last year, Shakey has been selling out headlining shows around the country, and has recently toured alongside artists like Shovels & Rope, Phosphorescent, Robert Plant, The Devil Makes Three, Robert Ellis and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Critics are starting to take notice too, earning him recent coverage from NPR Music, PBS, The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, NPR World Cafe, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Paste Magazine, American Songwriter, The AV Club and more.
In his hometown, Shakey’s shows are the stuff of legend. Recently featured on the cover of Austin Monthly Magazine, the Mayor has even given him his own local holiday. February 9th is officially proclaimed “Shakey Graves Day” in Austin.
Shakey has a huge year ahead of him, with a live compilation album planned for this spring, a new studio album out in late 2014, and a string of festival bookings including Newport Folk, Hangout, Stagecoach, Firefly, and more TBA.
About Wild Child: Fiercely independent road warriors Wild Child, an “Indiefolk powerhouse” considered by many “destined for national acclaim”, has spent the past year stepping into that spotlight, playing stages as major as Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wakarusa, Firefly Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Osheaga and the Savannah Stopover.
Behind its second album The Runaround, the premiere release on Ben Kweller’s Noise Company label, the Austin six piece earned NPR’s Top Ten Songs of 2013 honors for “Living Tree” and saw five additional songs hit No. 1 on Hype Machine’s Hype list. Their Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube streams have eclipsed eight million listens, and they’ve appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and an airing of ETown Radio. Another single, “Crazy Bird,” debuted on Specialty Radio at No. 1.
Together since 2009, the band’s been hailed as one of the top acts in music rich Austin since the release of debut album Pillow Talk; told their mix of folk, pop, and gypsy melodies make them sound like little else. Kelsey Wilson “has the voice of a Jazz Age Broadway baby,” writes NPR. “All coos and hiccups and shivers.” They’ve received illustrious praise from Paste Magazine, Elmore, The Austin Chronicle, and American Songwriter. “Poised to be Austin’s next national breakout act,” writes the Austin AmericanStatesman. Sold out shows in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC suggest the future’s upon us.
Incorporating violins, ukuleles, cellos, bass, banjos, and horns in ways that few folk bands could conceive of today, Wild Child has broken through as one of the preeminent bands in one of the most storied music cities in the world, winning back to back honors as the city’s Best Indie Band at the Austin Music Awards.
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