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Shakey Graves (born Alejandro Rose-Garcia on June 4, 1987) is an American Americana musician from Austin, Texas.[1]

Shakey Graves
Shakey Graves performing with The Texas Gentlemen at The Rustic in San Antonio on December 9, 2017
Background information
Birth nameAlejandro Rose-Garcia
Born (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 32)
Austin, Texas
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
Years active2007–present

His music combines blues, folk, and rock and roll. Rose-Garcia received his stage name at Old Settler's Music Festival in 2007 after he and his friends jokingly gave each other Indian guide names over a campfire. After an inspired night of playing music, he decided to keep the name.[2]


Before being known as Shakey Graves, Rose-Garcia had acting roles in Friday Night Lights and the Spy Kids franchise.[3]

Shakey Graves became known for his one-man band set up and most of his 2011 self-released debut album Roll the Bones features him playing solo.[4] This set up originated after he grew tired of having to borrow kick drums and high hats in order to perform. His solution consisted of a modified suitcase that functions as both a kick drum and a tambourine stand built by a close friend.

His unique style of performance led to him being asked to be the official “busker” for the Edward Sharpe and Mumford & Sons Railroad Revival Tour in 2011, where he played music for patrons entering each venue.

His follow-up EP The Donor Blues was released in 2012, and features a collection of recordings from 2009.[5]

After being courted by multiple labels, Shakey Graves signed with Dualtone Records.[6] When he began working on the album, he added other musicians to his recording process and live set, including multi-instrumentalists Patrick O'Connor, Jon Shaw, and Chris Boosahda, who produced the album. Three songs are duets with ex-Paper Bird member Esmé Patterson. The album, titled And the War Came, was released on October 7, 2014.

Shakey Graves then began touring as a three-piece band. The band made their television debut on October 14, 2014 on Conan,[7] and then appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Dearly Departed" with Patterson.[8] The band performed their next single, "The Perfect Parts," on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[4] On May 6, 2015 the band performed on Austin City Limits.[9]

In September 2015, Shakey Graves won the Best Emerging Artist award at the 2015 Americana Music Awards.[10]

On February 9, 2012, Lee Leffingwell, the Mayor of Austin, proclaimed a "Shakey Graves Day."[11] Every year on February 9 through the 11th, Shakey Graves offers all of his music, including unreleased albums The State of Texas vs. Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Story of My Life, As Per Request, and West of Calgary on Bandcamp for pay-what-you-want prices.[12]

On June 30, 2017 the band released The Donor Blues and Nobody's Fool as a collection titled Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode In On on vinyl and streaming services under the Dualtone label.[13]

Shakey Graves released a new album, Can't Wake Up, on May 4, 2018, on Dualtone Records.[14][needs update]


  • Roll the Bones (2011)
  • Donor Blues EP (2012)
  • And the War Came (Dualtone, 2014)
  • Nobody's Fool (Dualtone, 2015)[15]
  • The Sleep EP (2018)
  • Can't Wake Up (Dualtone, 2018)



  1. ^ "A Suitcase Musician Comes Home: Shakey Graves On 'And The War Came'". 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  2. ^ "Shakey Graves -- Late July". Retrieved 2015-04-04.
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  4. ^ a b "Shakey Graves Performs 'The Perfect Parts' on 'Late Night'". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  5. ^ "New Music: Shakey Graves – "Doe, Jane"". Consequence of Sound. 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  6. ^ "Full Circle". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  7. ^ "Shakey Graves "Dearly Departed" 10/14/14". 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  8. ^ "Shakey Graves: "Dearly Departed" - David Letterman". 2015-02-14. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  9. ^ "ACL Review: Shakey Graves". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  10. ^ a b "2015 Americana Awards: Shakey Graves, Sturgill Simpson & Lucinda Williams Win Big Honors". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  11. ^ "Shakey Graves Celebrates "Shakey Graves Day" Anniversary With Pay-What-You-Want Release". 2015-02-09.
  12. ^ "Shakey Graves Allowing You To Pay What You Want for Entire Catalog for 72 Hours, Half of Proceeds to Go to Charity". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  13. ^ "Review: Shakey Graves Impresses with Full Collection of Past EPs - Atwood Magazine". 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  14. ^ "Shakey Graves Announces New Album and Tour Dates". Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  15. ^ Pearson, Jeff. "Shakey Graves Shares Nobody's Fool EP for "Shakey Graves Day"". Retrieved 2015-04-04.

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