Genre-straddling Texas troubadour Shakey Graves will play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 11.
The show dovetails in the release of what the singer—born Alejandro Rose-Garcia—calls a “two song EP” with country-themed mixmaster Sierra Ferrell. The EP includes their collabo "Ready or Not", as well as a demo of the track. (How exactly a two track release can be called an EP instead of a “single” is a perfectly valid question—best taken up with the man born Alejandro Rose-Garcia).
Graves made his initial foray into showbiz as an actor, racking up credits such as “Freak Dancing Guy” and “New Bartender” in movies such as Love Is In the Air and Abel’s Field. His transition to the music world started with busking as a one-man band, that leading to the self-released 2011 debut of Roll the Bones, an album best filed under unvarnished Americana.
Since then Graves has branched to incorporate styles ranging from boho blues to rural folk to underground indie-pop. At the same time he’s established himself as a relentlessly engaging live performer, taking home the Best Emerging Artist award at 2015s Americana Music Awards, and scoring invitations to all the talk shows that matter.
But what really matters these days is, of course, streams, and Graves has 15 million of them and counting for “Ready or Not”.
Tickets for Shakey Graves go on sale this Friday (June 30) to the general public, with an artist presale Tuesday (June 27). Go to ShakeyGraves.com for more info.
When: October 11
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre