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Big Ups: Shakey Graves Picks His Favorite Albums on Bandcamp

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Shakey Graves’s blend of old-school folk, blues, rock, and campfire country songs has garnered him an attentive audience in a relatively short time. Born Alejandro Rose-Garcia, he adapted his stage name after mulling over a series of suggestions jokingly exchanged among friends at a festival campfire 10 years ago.

If at first it seemed a silly nickname, it clearly didn’t prevent him from getting the accolades he deserved. In 2015, he was cited as Best Emerging Artist at the Americana Music Awards. Three years earlier, on February 9, 2012, the city of Austin bestowed on him a mayoral proclamation making it “Shakey Graves Day.” Every year since, he’s used the occasion to release limited archival releases from his catalogue that remain available for three days only before they go back in the vault for another 12 months. His most recent EP offerings, Donor Blues and Nobody’s Fool, are among his earliest efforts.

“When I was first making music, I was recording all the time,” he reflects. “I was kind of recording just for myself. But I always had this fantasy of releasing it one way or another. I have a lot of recordings of weird stuff I’ve nearly forgotten about. These two records had been sitting on the Internet, on my site and on Bandcamp. Donor Blues came out in 2009 and Nobody’s Fool was a collection of B-sides I put together.”

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