Life's a Beach

There's nothing like spending time with family and dear friends on the road. We play in a lot of strange places, some where we don't know a soul. Here in Wilmington we were wined, dined, and housed by two of our favorite Wilmingtonians Betsy and Julie. It's an amazing feeling knowing we've got friends in low places. Betsy and Julie, y'all were a blessing! Here are some aesthetically pleasing pictures of their beautiful back porch scene. 

Playing at the Brown Pelican in New Bern tonight! Show starts at 8, it's good to be back! 



Hoi Toiders

We're playing in Beaufort tonight out in the Outer Banks. The town is about a 30 minute drive, but less than 10 miles as the crow flies, from Harker's Island. Harker's is known for a dialect specific to this island and the areas immediately around it, this dialect is called "High Tider" or as it's pronounced in the dialect "Hoi Toider". This dialect is said to date back as far as Elizabethan times, and it existed in almost complete isolation in North Carolina for well over 2 centuries. The dialect survives today because of the regions dependence on traditional trades like fishing, but there's only a hundred or so speakers left. Highways and tourism have washed the dialect out of the region, more or less. Check out this short video to learn some more and to hear it, really fascinating stuff out here in the Old North State!

We're playing at the Backstreet Pub tonight in Beaufort. Hopefully it cools down a bit, Hit's so hot the blue crebs hev come up on the poyzer to git in the shade!

Peace and good music,

Ellis D


Skyscrapers to Sandcastles: We're Coming to a Town Near You!

Hey Shambles family. We're back from Shakori and we've just about scrubbed away all of the mud. We had a mighty fine time serving up songs old and new during our two sets in the dance tent. They took a chance on us when we were just starting out so it's an honor to have played at our 4th Shakori. Everyone's favorite trumpeter, Matt Hall, had a proper retirement party that only Shakori could provide. His legacy will be felt and it's certainly not the last you'll see of him. We're excited to announce that his shoes will be filled by San Francisco native Danny Grewen on trombone. Welcome to the family Danny!

This week will be quite different from a camping festival in the woods. That's right, we're heading North through a couple of urban jungles. Our first stop is in Baltimore, which is the current home of founding fiddler Ledah Finck. She'll be joining us for this special run of shows. We will be playing a house show on Wednesday and on Thursday 5/11 we will be at the Four Hour Day Lutherie with The Witches, Ledah's musical duo. Next stop is a little slice of New Orleans in Winchester, VA of all places. We'll be swinging and crooning for a 6-8pm dinner set on Friday 5/12 at Sweet Nola's. We hear it's one of the finest Cajun kitchens around and we can't wait to finish up the set and have a meal of our own. The next morning, well rested and fed, we head up to the wildest urban jungle of them all, New York City! Our fourth show in NYC brings us back to Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) on the Lower East Side. This time will be bigger and better than ever. Chapel Hill native and local favorite Matt Phillips ( will be opening up the show with a bluesy and heartfelt solo electric set, followed by an hour plus of Shambles! Spread the good word if you have any friends or family in any of these places. We always love to make new friends.

5 Albums I'll Never Stop Spinning - Danny

March 10, 2017

There are plenty of exciting happenings brewing here at Shambles headquarters. We’ll get to those soon. Today I want to share five albums from throughout my life that have made a major impact on my love of music. Perhaps you’ll find a new favorite album. I tried to pick some that go beyond the obvious (I love the Beatles and I assume you do too). We would love to hear from you about some of your favorites too, so reach out on Facebook if you’d like! In no particular order, here are five albums that really “do it” for me.

Studio Time

January 22, 2017

Hey everybody! After a short break for the holidays, we made a new home for ourselves in the Rubber Room recording studio in Chapel Hill. We instantly felt the history of the space, a studio which has seen many of our favorite artists. North Carolina favorites from Carolina Chocolate Drops to Mipso and Mandolin Orange have all recorded in the same room. Jerry Brown of the Rubber Room ran the sessions alongside the Wolfman himself, Noah Adams of New Orleans’ Dirty Bourbon River Show. Their combined experience and a fresh batch of Shambles songs made for a very exciting mix. 

The Shambles Return to New York

December 10, 2016

As winter starts to roll in, we have made the logical decision to trudge up into the great northern tundra. That’s right, we are returning yet again to New York City for the biggest one yet. Join us at "Rockwood Music Hall" on the Lower East Side (while tickets last) on Saturday, December 17th at 7:45 PM. We love nothing more than seeing familiar Carolina faces alongside New York natives. And once the show ends, the after-party begins. We will be schmoozing in the bar at Rockwood where fans can enjoy $2 off drinks. Don’t miss this chance to see some world premiers of our newest tunes. Be sure to snag your tickets here soon, as they're nearly sold out!

A Letter from the Rooster's Nest

November 11, 2016

Rarely do I take time to stop and reflect, to turn inward and evaluate what makes me myself. We’re busy, all of us are. So busy that we wear our workload like skin and our happiness like the embarrassing sweater that grandma knit. It’s easier that way, only because it’s damn hard to be happy. Today, two things happened that made me turn inward. Not just for a moment, but for hours.