Confusapalooza 2 – Part 2 – Whiskey Shivers and White Ghost Shivers
CONFUSAPALOOZA 2 – Part 2
Austin has so many bands it can be completely overwhelming! At times, it can be downright confusing. This showcase was no exception! In fact, it is the perfect example of a confusing lineup by it’s own design…
Ghost Wolves, Whiskey Business, Whiskey Shivers and White Ghost Shivers all graced the Empire Control Room stage for a night of top notch performances. Confused?? Well, now you know why it’s called Confusapalooza! To help you make sense of the line up, I made this Venn diagram just for you.
The third band of the night was Whiskey Shivers. What I liked most about Whiskey Shivers is their contrast between songs. Often, I find Bluegrass to get old after a few songs that feature the same old picking patterns and rhythms. Whiskey Shivers however has found a nice way to feature upbeat tunes and switch it up completely to some slow stomping songs such as “Who’s Gonna Dig These Graves”. Check out one of their tunes from the show on the Youtube video below!
My personal highlight of the Whiskey Shivers was their unison whistling. It’s actually really hard to whistle into a microphone while playing and these guys made it sound EASY! Their true musicianship was well demonstrated. It definitely made me want to go home and break out the fiddle I haven’t played in over a year!
Joe on the washboard was fun to photograph. He seemed to have a sixth sense about when I was going to snap a photo and would make the appropriate, or should I say, inappropriate face at JUST the right moment 🙂
WHITE GHOST SHIVERS
If you’ve made it this far you are in for a treat. My favorite band of the night was definitely White Ghost Shivers!
I was impressed on so many levels with their show. Not only are they excellent musicians, but they’ve found a great way to craft their own sound using influences of vaudeville, ragtime, bluegrass, cabaret, gypsy jazz, and western swing!
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Their show was incredibly tight! You have to appreciate a band that takes the time to choreograph dance moves during each and every song. The amount of rehearsal time really comes across with their act.
Each member brought their own talents and the overall sound benefits greatly from it. The clarinet soloing was particularly outstanding and adding a New Orleans, chromatic flair.
Cella, the female lead singer, never stopped posing and being in her charming, burlesque like, playful character. Shorty, the male lead vocalist, often took turns singing with Cella in a call and response manner.
A fun part of their show was when Shorty threw confetti on the band or the crowd. Somehow, he had enough confetti to do this upwards of 20 times… He must have a magician background because there was confetti EVERYWHERE by the end of the night! Their outfits are also very fitting and fantastic for their sound.
White Ghost Shivers is exactly what you want out of a band: To take you out of your own elements, transport you into their world, never break character and constantly surprise and entertain you. They are now on my short list of must see Austin acts!!
White Ghost Shivers is about to record their next studio album and I for one will definitely be buying it when it comes out.
Do yourself a favor and check out this ridiculously entertaining show the next time you can!