CincyVibe July 2013

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Awards, Nominations, and Showcases

The Whiskey Shambles - 2014 NEOBA Blues Challenge WINNER

WINNER of the 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Association’s
Blues Challenge

The Whiskey Shambles - 2015 International Blues Challenge Qualifier

Chosen to represent Northeast Ohio at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis

MMC 2015

HEADLINED two Showcases at the
2015 Millennium Music Conference

The Whiskey Shambles - 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award WINNER

“Best Blues Act” WINNER: 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards

The Whiskey Shambles - 2014 CityBeat Best of Cincinnati Nominee

Best of Cincinnati 2014 & 2015 “Best Original Band” Nominee: CityBeat (newspaper)

The Whiskey Shambles - 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Award Nominee

“Best Blues Act” Nominee: 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards

Brother James - 2011 Cincinnati Entertainment Award Winner

“Best Blues Act” Winner (Brother James): 2011 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards



Press Coverage

The following is a sampling of some of the press pieces written about the Shambles:

Best CD: This is 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!

Blues & Co. Magazine No.73 (France) – April, 2015

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.

Cincinnati Magazine – March 2, 2015

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.

CityBeat – November 12, 2014

Cincinnati rockers the Whiskey Shambles are bluesy, raw, intense and ominous.

– Youngstown Vindicator – April 24, 2014

CincyVibe Cover - July 2013Whiskey Shambles has everything I’m looking for in a new original band. It’s raw, talent laden, dirty and dark, savage yet smoothly aggressive. Often listening to an original band means suffering through many so-so songs to find the diamonds in the rough. With Whiskey Shambles, every tune is interesting, compelling and addicting all at the same time. …they tore through their songs, thoroughly saturating the night air with their rowdy roadhouse raunch. Some songs are pure power plays, others are melodic & trance like. All are on the dark side. They keep you keep hangin’ on the edge of the seat in anticipation. After each song I could only wonder ‘What the hell are they gonna do next?’ They keep challenging your perception of just who this band is with each passing tune. To some ‘garage band’ may be an insult. To Whiskey Shambles it’s a philosophy. They’re not following a popular genre… In my mind, they’re in a genre of their own.

CincyVibe – July 01, 2013

Between the heavier instrument arrangement and the dark supporting vocals that stay true to the original, yet enhance the impact of the part, the piece breathes new life into one of Slim’s best-known songs. The result adds a heavy and somewhat psychedelic rock feel to a song that always had weighty lyrics, but only mildly dark instrumentation in its original and most-well known recordings.

CincyGroove – January 5, 2014

Hard-driving, whiskey-reeling, dirty, and raunchy blues rock.

CincyMusic – November 14, 2014


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