Shakey Graves: Hear “Dearly Departed” and More
Esme Patterson, Chris Boosahda and Alejandro Rose-Garcia -- Photo credit: Brian Tipton

Esme Patterson, Chris Boosahda and Alejandro Rose-Garcia — Photo credit: Brian Tipton

There are a couple of ways to incorporate percussion into a stripped-down show like CMT’s Concrete Country. Yet nobody’s done it quite like Shakey Graves.

With three wooden blocks on the sidewalk, the musicians kept their feet moving just enough to get a groove going but stopping short of tap-dancing. Naturally, they drew a curious crowd — and no wonder.

This appealingly-original Austin outfit is led by Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who built his hometown audience as a one-man band. He dabbled in acting to help finance a music career, and his newest album, And the War Came, proved he made a wise investment. He’s already picked up coverage from Garden & Gun, Esquire and NPR and played gigs at Newport Folk Festival and New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

Prior to a sold-out show in Nashville, Rose-Garcia gathered his good-natured friends Esme Patterson and Chris Boosahda to play a few tunes on Lower Broadway. “Dearly Departed” is an irresistible breakup song written one Halloween, while “Call It Heaven” captures the charming interplay between Rose-Garcia and Patterson. And although the harmony-driven “Big Time Nashville Star” may be ironic, it was perfectly suited to its surroundings.

The band begins a two-night stand at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday (Nov. 10) before gradually heading up the West Coast for a Seattle show on Saturday night. From there, they’ll cross into Canada before wrapping up the year with a string of long-awaited Texas dates.

Don’t miss Shakey Graves’ exclusive Concrete Country performances.

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