Shakey Graves with Jade Bird at Golden State Theatre 2022
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Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) announced his newest album, Can't Wake Up, with a simple message to his fans: “Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders." That tongue-in-cheek statement, though, was a genuine attempt to prepare his followers for a major sonic shift for the Texas songwriter, who got his start performing as a one-man band and won an Americana Music Awards for Emerging Artist of the Year.
Now armed with a full band, Rose-Garcia leaves behind much of that stripped-down, folk-y sound. Can't Wake Up takes his songwriting in a decidedly bigger direction, full of lush indie compositions drawing on another set of musical influences ranging from the Beatles and Harry Nilsson to Elliott Smith, Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill, and other '90s indie rock bands.
Jade Bird is a British singer, songwriter and musician. Her debut EP, Something American, was released in 2017. Rolling Stone described her vocals as "raw and robust" and named her as a new country artist to watch. Her newest album is called Different Kinds of Light.