Hollering tales of murder, betrayal, debauchery, and long, dark Saturday nights of the soul.
Stripped raw, bruised, and cracking a bloody, split-lip grin,
The Shambles deliver 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.
"Rough garage rock and dirty basement blues that kicks you right in the gut bucket."
Whatever you call it, The Whiskey Shambles sure enough get asses shakin and heads rockin --
and that ain’t no half-steppin! This is the hard part, nephew. Whooooo well well.
The Whiskey Shambles won the 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Association's Blues Challenge,
and will be headed to Memphis in January 2015 for the International Blues Challenge.
-- ROAD TO MEMPHIS FUNDRAISER --
On Saturday, September 27, 2014 The Shambles and the blues duo "Bongo Joe and Little Steve-O" will give a special concert in North Canton as a thank you to Northeast Ohio, and to raise funds to support their trip and week in Memphis.
If you can't make it to the fundraiser, you may also donate online to help The Shambles on their journey:
Monday, September 22, 10:00pm - MOTR Pub - OTR, Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6:00pm - Road to Memphis - North Canton, OH
- fundraiser for The Whiskey Shambles and Bongo Joe and Little Steve-O,
for their trip to the 2015 International Blues Challenge -
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014, 8:00pm - Taffy's - Eaton, OH
- special Listening Room concert, recorded live, with speical guest, Daniel Wayne -
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014, 9:00pm - CD Release Concert @ The Drinkery - OTR, Cincinnati, OH
- debut of the new Shambles CD "Loose Change for a Broken Man," with special guests -
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014, (time TBA) - Chicago Show @ (venue TBA) - Chicago, IL
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014, (time TBA) - Chicago Show @ (venue TBA) - Chicago, IL
January, 2015, 8:00pm - Road to Memphis Send-off Concert @ Akron Civic Theater - Akron, OH
- showcase of acts bound for the 2015 International Blues Challenge -
January 20-24, 2015, (showtimes TBA) - International Blues Challenge - Memphis, TN
Friday, March 6, 2015, 9:00pm - BockFest @ The Drinkery - OTR, Cincinnati, OH
The Shambles have been
nominated for the
Best of Cincinnati 2014.
"The Shambles are like the soundtrack for a Quentin Tarantino movie that hasn't been made yet."
"They're like RL Burnside and Black Sabbath jamming with Nina Simone
in a burned out rum shack, using opium for incense."
“Cincinnati rockers The Whiskey Shambles are bluesy, raw, intense, and ominous.”
"Medicine Eyes, part 1: Wow! Where have YOU been all my life, Whiskey Shambles? Blind Willie McTell meets Exile on Main St. meets Howlin' Wolf. LOVE IT! ...and... Holy cow! Mother Earth sounds like a nasty gumbo of Memphis Slim, Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James, and maybe even a TINY bit of Moby Grape."
"Thoughts on the new album... I just got through listening to all seven tracks [that you have online] and I'm totally liking what I'm hearing! There is a dark energy to these songs that at times is borderline creepy. The rawness of the guitar and the growl of the lead vocals is offset rather brilliantly by the angelic female voice that accompanies them. Somehow these songs are foreboding yet enticing. This swampy voodoo blues rock is ass kickin' and irresistible and I can't wait to buy it when it comes out. Keep being awesome!"
- The Dirtiest Darkest Gritty Garage Band in Town -
- Rod, CincyVibe
From a review of The Shambles' recording of Mother Earth (by Memphis Slim):
"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."
"It was like listening to the darkest Black Keys or Junior Kimbrough songs, played through a drunken stupor in an abandoned church, on a cold moor. While listening to one of their murder ballads, I started to think the church was haunted and the spirits pissed. Or I mixed up acid with my Prozac again."
"I don't know what just happened to me. I think I've been violated, but I'm not sure."
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