The one-man-band man from Austin, Texas, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, better known by his stage name, Shakey Graves, has announced his forthcoming album Can’t Wake Up, due out May 4 through Dualtone Records. Sporting a bent Stetson hat and leather cowboy boots, keeping rhythm on a bass drum and tambourine at the edge of his heels, Rose-Garcia rattles the crowd with his, at times, dissonant chords from his classically folkloric six-string.
His whiskey-burdened voice and charismatic stage presence made Rose-Garcia an emblem of indie-Americana music following his rise in 2011. While Rose-Garcia is known for playing solo, the artist enlisted the help of multi-instrumentalists Patrick O’Connor and Chris Boosahda to record and perform his 2014 album And the War Came, his first album with Dualtone Records. The album, produced by both Rose-Garcia and Boosahda, features three duets with ex-Paper Bird’s member Esme Patterson, including, of course, “Dearly Departed.”
Shakey Graves’s forthcoming album Can’t Wake Up is described as “an evolution” from And the War Came, and comprises 13 songs written from Rose-Garcia’s own personal life lessons and experiences from as far back as high school. In regards to what life lessons will be shared in the album, the artist said this:
The beautiful lesson of all this is having to trust yourself, to be willing to start something that you don’t know the outcome of. Or to lean toward something just because it feels right, even though it may not be what you originally put down on paper. Those are the kind of stories in this record. They’re not so much about specific people, or even myself per se. They’re different shades of every person’s life.
Rose-Garcia is going into this album with a newfound energy following his award for Best Emerging Artist at the 2015 Americana Music Awards. With his fan base coming into place and nothing more to prove to anyone but himself, Rose-Garcia now has the liberty to explore his continuous dimensions as an artist. “This record is the most I’ve ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of it and how much thought went into it,” he said. “It’s a dense album; there’s a lot of information going on.”
In addition to the album, Shakey Graves will be on tour from May 8 to Aug. 30, concluding his tour at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., a one-of-a-kind venue pairing for this emerging young artist. Concert tickets are available via shakeygraves.com.
Again, Can’t Wake Up is available everywhere on May 4. You can find the Can’t Wake Up album artwork and concert dates listed below a video of Shakey Graves performing for Paste at SXSW 2015.
Can’t Wake Up Album Art:
Shakey Graves Tour Dates
21 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Tuck Fest*
22 – Charleston, S.C. @ High Water Fest*
08 – Athens, Ga. @ Georgia Theatre
09 – Ashville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
10 – Charlottesville, Va. @ Jefferson Theater
11 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
12 – South Burlington, Vt. Higher Ground Ballroom
13 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
15 – Washington, District of Columbia @ 9:30 Club
17 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
19 – Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
20 – Montreal, Quebec @ Corona Theatre
21 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Theatre
22 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Vic Theatre
25 – Napa, Calif. @ Bottlerock*
25 – Missoula, Mont. @ Big Sky Amphitheatre+
26 – Spokane, Wash. @ Knitting Factory+
28 – Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory+
30 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre+
(* – Previously announced)
(+ – With Jose Gonzales & The Brite Lites)