Mary Beth Weaver
Brave New Voice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Whiskey Shambles present:
“The Lords of Reverb Blues Revival”
Award-winning blues band launches
new “tent-revival”-styled stage show
CINCINNATI, OH – Feb 3, 2016: Hot on the heels of their second win and third nomination for Best Blues Act from the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, Cincinnati’s own roots-rock quartet, The Whiskey Shambles will debut their new stage show, “The Lords of Reverb Blues Revival,” at the 2016 Winter Blues Fest.
The Lords of Reverb Blues Revival will start at 8:00pm at the Cincy Winter Blues Fest on February 5, 2016, at the The Phoenix, in downtown Cincinnati, with music by other performers starting at 6:00pm.
SHOW: The Lords of Reverb Blues Revival – http://188.8.131.52/~h2d3c6y2z6w9g3j5/lords
EVENT: 2016 Winter Blues Fest – http://cincyblues.org/2016-winter-blues-fest
LIVE MUSIC BY: The Whiskey Shambles – http://184.108.40.206/~h2d3c6y2z6w9g3j5
DATE: Friday, Feb 5, 2016 (FB event: http://facebook.com/events/987778027946928/)
TIME: Doors 5:30pm, Music 6:00pm, LoR Revival Show 8:00pm
VENUE: The Phoenix – http://www.thephx.com
ADDRESS: 812 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
ADMISSION: $20 per night, $33 for weekend pass (all ages event)
The Whiskey Shambles new blues stage show, in the “tent-revival” style, features a tribute to the legends of north Mississippi hill country blues and delta performers, as well as many of The Shambles’ critically-acclaimed blues originals.
This show marks the beginning of a new era for The Whiskey Shambles… separating their pure “blues” content into its own show, so that their main Shambles shows can be free to explore a variety of genres, and not be hindered by any labels or expectations.
“We are a rock band with a blues foundation. AND we are a blues band with a rock edge,” explains Shambles’ bassist and co-founder Brother James. “But we’ve been told we’re ‘too blues’ for this rock event, or ‘too rock’ for that blues fest. Most of what we do is a melting pot of rock, blues, soul, gospel, folk… roots music.”
Shambles frontwoman, LaTanya Foster, clarifies, “We can play a pure-blues show, if needed or requested. But many venues, bookers, and promoters don’t separate the two, or understand the distinction.”
The creation of this special stage show is an opportunity for The Whiskey Shambles to offer venues and festivals two different ‘versions’ of The Shambles to choose from. A high-energy “tent revival”-styled blues stage show, “bordering on a theatrical production,” Foster explains, or a dark, gritty rock show, “speeding off a cliff at full-throttle.”
Nathan Singer, frontman and co-founder of the group, concurs, “Whooooo well well,” and turns back to his bottle of rotgut.
About The LORDS of REVERB BLUES REVIVAL:
In The Shamble’s own words…
We stand on the shoulders of giants and carry the weight of music that comes from deep within the soul. Their burdens shaped their spirit, and carved deep scars in their sound. We pay homage to the greats who have come before us. The wolves that howled, lemons that were blind but saw so much, those with lead in their belly. Long before the age of electronics, their words rang out like thunder from the hills, needing no reinforcement, no artificial echo. We honor the Lords of Reverb.
The Lords of Reverb stage show is available for booking starting in May.
More information: http://220.127.116.11/~h2d3c6y2z6w9g3j5/booking-blues/
About 2016 Cincy Winter Blues Fest:
The headliner for that night will be Nick Moss (http://nickmoss.com), and the Saturday night headliner will be Carolyn Wonderland (http://carolynwonderland.com). There are 12 acts per night on FOUR stages — a total of 32 sets of great music. Complete schedule:
Advance tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets: http://brownpapertickets.com/event/2405196. Tickets are $20 per night or $33 for a weekend pass. Tickets will be sold at the door, but this event has sold out many times in the past, so advance tickets are recommended.
About THE WHISKEY SHAMBLES:
The Whiskey Shambles are an original roots-rock 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, The Heavy, Gary Clark Jr., Black Diamond Heavies, and The White Stripes. They have been described by one critic as, “R.L. Burnside and Black Sabbath jamming with Nina Simone in a burned-out rum shack, using opium for incense.”
The Shambles won the 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Challenge, and represented Northeast Ohio at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The band headlined two showcases at the 2015 Millennium Music Conference near Philadelphia, and were invited to showcase at the 2015 Singer-Songwriter of Cape May conference in southern New Jersey, and the 2015 NXNE conference in Toronto. In addition to winning the 2016 & 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Blues Act (for which they were also nominated in 2014), they were nominated for CityBeat magazine’s Best of Cincinnati (Best Original Band) in 2016, 2015, & 2014 and several of their song releases have earned critical acclaim.
Charlie Harmon of Cincinnati Magazine stated, “The Shambles have a chain-gang grip on the down-and-dirty heavy garage blues, with gritty vocals about the dark side of soul and fuzz-laden guitar that drives deep into the gut.” CincyVibe magazine declared them “The dirtiest darkest gritty garage band in town.” The French music magazine, Blues & Co. named their CD “Loose Change for a Broken Man” the best of the trimester, describing it as “A magnificent album of modern hill country blues, in the steps of the one and only Screaming Jay Hawkins; a music that will give real pleasure to the bold and audacious — and the people who, like me, long for a rejuvenation of the blues!” And Brian Baker of CityBeat said, “While Loose Change exudes a contemporary vibe, the album bears the diverse hallmarks of the best ‘70s Blues Rock albums. Like Led Zeppelin, Cream and Free before them, The Whiskey Shambles channels first generation Blues subsets like Delta, Piedmont and Hill Country, combined with the members’ unique individual experiences to conjure an edgy, atmospheric vision of 21st century Blues.”
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, was shortly thereafter named #23 of the Top 89 Albums of 2014 by WNKU, and is getting regular airplay on college and AAA radio stations. The Shambles are currently finishing up their second full-length album, to be released in the summer of 2016.
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