Nominated for 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award

The Whiskey Shambles - 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award Nominee

Brother James - 2011 Cincinnati Entertainment Award WinnerWe’re excited to announce that Whiskey Shambles have been nominated for another Cincinnati Entertainment Award this year. If you don’t mind, please drop a vote our way… we’ll scratch your back later — we promise.

After getting waaay too crazy at last year’s awards show, being asked to put our clothes back on multiple times, cut off by every bartender in the joint, and a few other things we actually aren’t legally allowed to talk about, the fools have rolled out the red carpet for another night of Shambles debauchery.

The Whiskey Shambles at the 2014 CEAsThanks to the nominating committee, to our fans, and to everyone who wants to see us dancing on the tables again this year. We’re proud be in the same company as all the other nominees, and apologize in advance for whatever might come of this. We’ll bring bail money.

And thanks to CityBeat for putting on this shindig and doing so much to support local music. We’re lucky to live in a city with a music scene so great, and you’re a big reason why. Kudos!


RELEASE: Shambles & Rivertown Collaborate on Beer

Brave New Voice


Mary Beth Weaver
Brave New Voice

Brother James
Whiskey Shambles


Rivertown Brewing and The Whiskey Shambles
Release Limited Edition Beer

Shambling Southward celebrates the band’s pilgrimage to Memphis
and their unique blend of “Dubbel Barrel Blues”

CINCINNATI, OH – November 18, 2014:  In honor of The Whiskey Shambles‘ win at the Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA) Challenge, which qualifies them to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015, the band has worked with Cincinnati’s Rivertown Brewing Company to create “Shambling Southward – Dubbel Barrel Blues,” a Belgian Dubbel aged with brandy-infused wood chips.

“We started talking with Rivertown this summer about brewing a special beer to celebrate our trip to Memphis, working with them to develop an interesting brew that our fans — and craft beer fans — will love,” said Shambles bassist Brother James. “After much discussion, we all agreed that this recipe captures the band’s unique sound and spirit in liquid form.”

Rivertown Brewing Company, which has recently begun a transition to focusing on wilder varieties of beer (with an emphasis on Belgian and sour styles), has been experimenting with small batch recipes — exploring ideas from the brewery’s staff, not just the brewers.  “Their DIY attitude and spirit of exploration really spoke to us,” explains Shambles frontman Nathan Singer.  “Rivertown was the perfect brewery for The Shambles to partner with.”

The beer will be tapped at a special event on January 16, 2015, at the Rivertown Brewery Taproom, with a performance by The Whiskey Shambles starting at 7:00pm.

NAME:  The Whiskey Shambles Beer Tapping
BEER:  Shambling Southward – Dubbel Barrel Blues
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DATE:  Friday, January 16, 2014
TIME:  Doors 5:00pm, Tapping 6:00pm, Music 7:00pm
VENUE:  Rivertown Brewing Company – http://rivertownbrewery.com
ADDRESS:  607 Shepherd Drive, Lockland, OH 45215

Rivertown Beer Evangelist (and co-developer of the recipe) Roxanne Westendorf, explained this unique beer: “The Belgian Trappist Monks know how to brew very special beers. We took their genius of the Belgian Dubbel and added brandy-soaked wood chips to the secondary fermentation stage, to blend with this style and make a beer that is as spicy as The Whiskey Shambles.”

“We’ve always described The Shambles sound as a loud, belligerent style of demonic hill-stomp blues that almost . . . but not quite . . . betrays an air of subtle sophistication lingering just around the edges,” Brother James clarifies. “This brew combines an exciting wallop from the brandy with the gentler refinement of the Belgian style, making it a perfect pairing with the band: a blast of what we’re calling, ‘Dubbel Barrel Blues’.”


The Whiskey Shambles are an original garage rock/basement blues band from Cincinnati, OH, formed in 2012 by Nathan Singer, of Starshaker and Absinthium fame, and Brother James, founder of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award-winning blues band Voodoo Puppet. Their sound has been compared to Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Black Keys, Ten Foot Polecats, The Heavy, Gary Clark Jr., Black Diamond Heavies, and The White Stripes. They have been described as, “R.L. Burnside and Black Sabbath jamming with Nina Simone in a burned-out rum shack, using opium for incense.”

The Shambles are currently working their way through the dive bars and juke joints of the Midwest and Rustbelt, with occasional trips to more exotic locales, like Nashville or Buffalo, New Orleans or Asheville, Atlanta or NYC. They won the 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Challenge, and have been chosen to represent Northeast Ohio Blues Association at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. They have also been invited to showcase at the 2015 Millennium Music Conference. The Shambles have been nominated for a 2014 and a 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Blues act, and several of their songs have earned critical acclaim.

In 2012 The Whiskey Shambles released the EP, “ONE LAST BLAST: Live at Mad Frog.” September 2014 saw the release of a second live EP, “Stumbling Toward Beale Street.” Their first LP “Loose Change for a Broken Man” was released in November 2014, and several songs from it receive regular airplay on many college and AAA radio stations. The Shambles are already working on their second full-length album, with plans to head into the studio in spring of 2015.

Learn more about The Whiskey Shambles at, including their Press Kit, Music, and Photos.


Rivertown Brewing Co. specializes in brewing handcrafted, flavorful ales and lagers, using only the finest and freshest ingredients available.  Opened in 2009, the brewery produces a variety of brews, and recently changed its focus to wilder varieties of beer with a emphasis on Belgian and sour styles.

Rivertown is located in the Cincinnati suburb of Lockland, and has been growing steady for several years, most recently with its newly expanded tap room and new bottling line.  More information: http://RivertownBrewery.com

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