«Let’s kick this thing in the face» bellows singer and fiddler phenom Bobby Fitzgerald while delivering a roundhouse punch to the gut with the frenetically paced opening song. They’re a loosey-goosey quintet of twentysomethings blended together from all directions of the wind, currently hanging their hats in Austin, TX. Contrabass player Andrew Van Vorhees is from Prineville OR, Bobby Fitzgerald on fiddle and vocals is from Dundee NY, James Gwyn on washboard from Meridian MS, Jeff «Horti» Hortillosa, vocals and guitar from Middlesboro KY and Texan James Booker and his banjo hail from Georgetown in that state.
Firstly, famous for their ballistic approach to their songs and secondly, this motley crew clearly is enjoying themselves. Secondly, that’s transferred to their live audience and that becomes clear in the live gig you’re going to be privy to. Like in «We get them to realize there’s no wall between us and the crowd!» Available also on vinyl and cd, their current and fifth in line LP is «Some Part of Something» (2017). While apparently having given up performing barefoot, the song «Long Gone» was filmed in a car junkyard, another is «Fuck You». That one leaving little room for interpretation. There are songs about love, (the hopeful “True Love Will Find You In The End”), everyday drudgery and a tune about playing video games. In short the things that make life worth living. Earlier releases featured their disobedient version of the major earworm «Wake Me Up» and the straight and gripping gospel tune «Graves /Swarm» in which the funsters show they’re quite a bit above your average shitkicker band.
Whiskey Shivers live at El Lokal. Check your cool at the door.
Chops away at traditional bluegrass constraints with a mischievous cleaver, mixing in shadows of Delta swamps and New Orleans basements…the fierce inertia of Old Crow Medicine Show, the ramshackle folk punch of Felice Brothers and the punk energy of pre-sobriety Deer Tick – Rolling Stone