Whiskey Shivers: “Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”
Even with the differences in sound, bluegrass and punk rock share some common blood. Breakneck tempos, emphasis on the live experience, rousing sing-alongs–these are aspects shared by both genres, and Austin group Whiskey Shivers blur those lines with glee.
Since forming in 2009, the five members of Whiskey Shivers have released three albums, with the most recent–Rampa Head–coming out this past summer. Their prolific nature is only surpassed by their live performances, which have become legendary even in a town known for a lot of like-minded peers. The Shivers excel at a real old-fashioned sound, as fiddles, guitars, and multi-part harmonies transport you back to an older era. But despite sporting an all-acoustic lineup, they can make quite a racket, as the “quote” from the Austin Police Department on their website attests.
Recently, the band stopped by KUT’s Studio 1A and promptly made themselves at home, as you can tell from their shoeless photo up above. During the session, they rolled out an old Dillards song called “Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms,” proving they’re adept as interpreters as they are at bringing a fresh new spin on a venerable tradition.