Whiskey Shivers Play Tonight at Antone’s, Proceeds Benefit Urban Roots Austin
It’s an experience seeing a Whiskey Shivers show. That, my friends, is putting it mildly. I once chided to the crowds that the band’s music is crazy; the fans, crazier. This is not the show you sit down at. You need to keep up with the searing banjo, washboard, guitar and mad fiddle. And I do mean mad.
As legend has it (depending on whom you ask, or whoever’s swiggin’ from the whiskey bottle while telling you the story), the Austin quintet got together back in 2009. The goal? To make music and have fun with it, and indeed, from that basic formula emerged an impressive set of original and traditional tunes done with superb musicianship and an almost maniacal enthusiasm. Ordinarily, you don’t typically find things like “roots music” and “hardcore” put together in the same sentence. Hardcore goes with punk, or rock, or hip-hop. But it’s hardcore roots that Whiskey Shivers gives you, fast and furious, and ready to toss out any of your preconceived notions of what Americana should sound like.
You’re gonna have a damn great time. Whiskey Shivers continues its residency tonight at Antone’s, 213 W. 5th St. Mighty fine bill they have with lots of local goodness: Wood & Wire, The Blackwells, and Rooster Jenkins. Holy smokes, the room’s already on fire. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Proceeds from tonight’s performance benefit Urban Roots Austin, a youth development program utilizing sustainable agriculture to increase accessibility to healthy food in Austin. Recommended.