Shambles Win the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award

The Whiskey Shambles Win the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Blues Act

2015 Cincinnati Entertainment AwardsThe Whiskey Shambles won the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Blues Act.  But that’s not the whole story…

So, we rolled into town after a crazy week on the road in Memphis.  Tired, sick, and very hungover, we got to the Madison Theater just in time to load our gear in and change clothes in the parking lot (well, some of us did).

So, about mid-way through the evening — an evening filled with great acts, that we were proud to share the stage with — we took the stage and played one of our most non-blues sets yet (In My Soul, Don’t Care to See, and The Whiskey Shambles at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awardsvery metal version of Sweet Little Harbinger), right before receiving the CEA for Blues! The irony is not lost on us.

But you see, we all have the Memphisema (what you get from shaking 100s of hands from all over the world during cold and flu season), and those were the only three tunes in which Nathan and LaTanya could hit all the notes, with their infirmities.

The Whiskey Shambles Win the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Blues ActThe result was the heaviest, rockin-est set we’ve ever played. Faces were melted, blues fans were annoyed, and we scared the bejesus outta ourselves. What a way to end a helluva week!

So we move forward into the new year, energized and focused — charged by the devotion of our fans and renewed passion for our music (we’ve got a ton of new tunes coming down the pike).  Thanks to everyone for believing in and supporting us.

Wait’ll you get a listen to what’s up next…


Shambles Beer Tapping – Jan 16

Shambling Southward - Dubbel Barrel Blues - The Whiskey Shambles

In honor of The Whiskey Shambles’ win at the Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA) Challenge — which qualifies us to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015 — we’ve worked with Rivertown Brewing Company to create “Shambling Southward – Dubbel Barrel Blues,” a Belgian Dubbel aged with brandy-infused wood chips.

Shambling Southward - Dubbel Barrel Blues - The Whiskey Shambles

Shambling Southward will be tapped at 6:00pm at a special event on January 16, 2015, at the Rivertown Brewery taproom, with a performance by The Shambles starting at 7:00pm.

The Whiskey Shambles Beer Tapping:  Shamble On – Dubbel Barrel Blues
LIVE MUSIC BY:  The Whiskey Shambles
DATE:  Friday, January 16, 2014
TIME:  Doors 5:00pm, Tapping 6:00pm, Music 7:00pm
VENUE:  Rivertown Brewing Company
ADDRESS:   607 Shepherd Drive, Lockland, OH 45215
RSVP:   Facebook Event

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. 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.  Rivertown was the perfect brewery for The Shambles to partner with.

The recipe for Shambling Southward was developed by pilot brewer Rob Westendorf — the mind behind Rivertown’s very popular Jenneke Belgian Blond Ale, which has moved from a seasonal release to a year-round offering.  Rob and his wife Roxanne (Rivertown’s Beer Evangelist) collaborated with Brother James — the band’s resident beer geek — for several months to come up with the idea for a brew that could represent The Shambles and our music.

Rivertown Beer Evangelist Roxanne Westendorf and Rivertown Pilot Brewer Rob Westendorf adding Belgian Ardennes yeast to the Whiskey Shambles brew' Shambling Southward

Roxanne and Rob adding Belgian Ardennes yeast to the brew

Roxanne explains this unique beer: The Belgian Trappist Monks know how to brew very special beers. We took their genius of the Dubbel and added brandy-soaked wood chips to the secondary fermentation stage, to make a beer that is inviting, but as bold 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.  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.”

Beer Geek info

Brewer: Rob Westendorf
Asst. Brewer: Roxanne Westendorf
Brew Lackey: Brother James
Recipe: Rob Westendorf
Type: All Grain
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage

Ingredients:  German Pilsner 2-row malt, German wheat malt, Special B malt, Aromatic malt, Caravienne malt, corn sugar, Perle hops, Belgian Ardennes yeast.  Brandy-infused wood chips added to the secondary fermentation stage.

Measured Original Gravity: 1.070 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.008 SG
Color: 15.4 SRM
Bitterness: 23.8 IBUs
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 7.8 – 8.2%

Recent press about the beer / event

Akron Beacon Journal – Cincinnati blues band teams up with Rivertown Brewing

Cincinnati Business CourierRivertown partners with Cincinnati band on bluesy brew

CincyGrooveRivertown Brewing & Whiskey Shambles Release Limited Edition Beer

Hoperatives – Shambles Beer Tapping at Rivertown Brewing

CincyMusic – The Whiskey Shambles Beer Tapping

CityBeat – Cincinnati Blues Hits the Road


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!


Loose Change CD Release

The Whiskey Shambles - Loose Change for a Broken Man (album art)

The Shambles CD Release is almost upon us. We’ll be officially releasing “Loose Change for a Broken Man” at The Drinkery, on Saturday, November 15, 2014. And that very same day we’ll be releasing the album on The Shambles Store, as well as on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, XBox Music, and many more online retailers. You’ll also be able to get our live EP, “Stumbling Toward Beale Street” on that day as well.

The CD Release Show is FREE and open to the public. However, the event will also be a fundraiser for Save The Animals Foundation (STAF), a no-kill animal shelter in Madisonville) with a $5 suggested donation at the door. Hope to see you there!