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.

- = Listen = -


- = Upcoming Shows = -

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014, 9:00pm - CD Release Concert @ The Drinkery - OTR, Cincinnati, OH
- debut of the new Shambles album "Loose Change for a Broken Man"
with special guest: Jetlab and benefiting Save the Animals Foundation -

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014, 9:00pm - Moe's Tavern - Chicago, IL
- with special guests (TBA) -

Saturday, Dec 27, 2014, 9:00pm - Southgate House Revival - Newport, KY
- with A City on Fire and Hot Alice in the Revival Room -

January, 2015, 8:00pm - Road to Memphis Send-off Concert @ Akron Civic Theater - Akron, OH
- with Bongo Joe and Little Steve-O -

January 20-24, 2015, (showtimes TBA) - International Blues Challenge - Memphis, TN

February 20-22, 2015, (showtimes TBA) - Millennium Music Conference - Harrisburg, PA

Friday, March 6, 2015, 9:00pm - BockFest @ The Drinkery - OTR, Cincinnati, OH

- = Memphis Bound = -

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.
If you would like to donate to help The Shambles on their journey, you can do so here:


- = Reviews / Response = -

The Shambles have been
nominated for the
2014 Cincinnati
Entertainment Awards
CityBeat magazine's
Best of Cincinnati 2014.

"The Shambles are like the soundtrack for a Quentin Tarantino movie that hasn't been made yet."
- Shawn, Cincinnati Creative

"They're like RL Burnside and Black Sabbath jamming with Nina Simone
in a burned out rum shack, using opium for incense."
- Steve, Facebook comment

“Cincinnati rockers The Whiskey Shambles are bluesy, raw, intense, and ominous.”
Guy D'Astolfo, Youngstown Vindicator

"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."
- Aron Levin, The Heaters (band)

"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!"
- Shane Thomson, Wave Hello Machine

- The Dirtiest Darkest Gritty Garage Band in Town -
“...raw, talent laden, dirty and dark, savage yet smoothly aggressive ...every tune is interesting, compelling and addicting all at the same time. The basis for all the viciousness & vigor is the stripped down, raw sound of the instruments. These guys keep the gear to a minimum and the electronics almost totally out of the picture. Only the savage sounding six string is darkly distorted. The vocals, bass, and drums are running pure and clean. The only other distortion comes naturally as singer/guitarist Nathan screams his heat seeking lyrics into the stained & strained mic. It all comes together as a mean clean sound that effects would only diminish and mask the genuine-ness of it all. To some 'Garage Band' may be taken as 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."
- 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."
- George, CincyGroove

"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."
- Ethan, subpopular (music blog)
  "I don't know what just happened to me. I think I've been violated, but I'm not sure."
- John, audience member

- = Booking Now = -

If you're interested in booking The Whiskey Shambles,
please contact the Brave New Voice agency, (760) 459-7880.

Click to download our Electronic Press Kit.

- = Stay in Touch = -

Keep up with the latest stupid crap The Shambles get themselves into by joining their mailing list.
(they promise no spam or selling your grandma to the bill collectors -- if you wanna believe that)

Or you can connect with them on one of those crazy social network things
that are all the rage with the kids these days...

The Whiskey Shambles