Shakey Graves (born Alejandro Rose-Garcia on June 6, 1987) is an Americana musician from Austin, Texas, United States.
Shakey Graves was a featured performer at the 2014 Sisters Folk Festival. His music is a cross between blues, country, and rock and roll - he performs at many festivals and concert venues around the United States. Alejandro Rose-Garcia received his iconic stage name at Old Settler's Music Festival in 2007 after he and his friends jokingly gave each other Indian guide names over a campfire. After an inspired night of playing music, he decided to keep the name.
Shakey Graves became known for his one-man band set up and most of his debut album Roll the Bones is Rose-Garcia playing unaccompanied by other musicians. When he began working on his sophomore album, And the War Came, Rose-Garcia added musicians to his recording set and live set. Three songs from And the War Came are duets with ex-Paper Bird member Esme Patterson. The album was engineered by drummer Chris Boosahda (son of 70's and 80's Christian music singer Stephanie Boosahda). Patrick O'Conner, from the LA music scene, plays guitar and bass at various live shows. Rose-Garcia is also occasionally accompanied by another ex-Paper Bird member Macon Terry on double bass and Aaron Thomas Robinson on steel guitar.
Shakey Graves made his musical television debut on October 14th 2014 with Boosahda, Patterson, and Robinson on Conan. Almost exactly 4 months later, the same quartet appeared on David Letterman.
On February 9th, 2012, the Mayor of Austin proclaimed a "Shakey Graves Day". Rose-Garcia spent Shakey Graves Day 2012 celebrating by playing laser tag, but in each subsequent year has put on a concert with other local bands and musicians. Also, on Shakey Graves Day (and for the two days following) all of his music is available on bandcamp for pay-what-you-want prices. Fans can download unreleased albums The State of Texas vs. Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Story of my Life, As Per Request, West of Calgary, and Nobody's Fool. These are only available 3 days a year.
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