“Every few years [at SXSW], an Austin act picks up steam just in time to enjoy
the home court advantage. This year it’s a bluesman, Alejandro Rose-Garcia,
who makes the one-man band approach look effortless.”
- The New York Times
Recently described as an “antifolk phenomenon” by NPR Music, Alejandro Rose-
Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) is one of those rare artists whose music, after one
listen, inspires the kind of obsessive devotion that compels someone to spend
hours searching for more. Fans eagerly wait for the next track to surface online,
erratically released from his closely-guarded collection of unheard bedroom
recordings and live rarities.
But as word of his haunting, at times bizarre, lo-fi recordings and contrastingly
explosive live shows continues to spread, Shakey Graves is quickly rising from
obscurity into the national spotlight. His debut full-length LP “Roll the Bones”
consistently remains near the top of Bandcamp’s digital “best-seller” charts more
than two years after its release, relying on little more than word of mouth for
promotion. New listeners around the world discover his music every day, often
through a series of stunning live performance videos on YouTube, which have
collectively racked up well over half a million hits.
In his hometown of Austin, TX, 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”
Shakey Graves has a huge year ahead of him, including nationwide tour dates,
festival bookings and an upcoming live album release. He’s also putting the
finishing touches on his sophomore studio album, with a release date TBA.