Beach -> Mountains

Beach -> Mountains

Over the past five plus years of being a traveling band, there have been two aspects that are among the best parts of the experience. One is seeing new places for the first time. We try to arrive early enough to soak in the spirit of a new place, from big cities to tiny towns.

Happy Shakori!

In the fall of 2014, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles was a college band with barely more than a dozen shows played. More specifically, our band archivist puts the number at seventeen shows as October rolled around. In other words, it was the early days.

 The crowd from our first appearance in October 2014 

The crowd from our first appearance in October 2014 

The band all had a special connection to the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. Ellis and Adam had been to every Shakori in their high school days, and Danny played with Mipso for the first time at the Carson’s Grove stage a few years earlier. Ellis penned a heartfelt inquiry email about the significance of Shakori to his life and to North Carolina, and sure enough we found ourselves on the bill! We played the midnight Saturday slot at Carson’s Grove in a light rain (of course) in what is one of our most memorable sets. 

 Ellis assuming the soul of a dragon in October 2015

Ellis assuming the soul of a dragon in October 2015

This Thursday at 9pm we will be in our home within Shakori - the Dance Tent - for our 5th (!) Shakori appearance. The friends we make in the dance tent pop up throughout the rest of the year, and it really feels like a family reunion. Come join us on what is always a highlight of the year. Even if you can’t make our Thursday set, we still encourage you to come check out the festival. Happy Shakori to all and we'll see you there!

April Show(er)s

April is here, and with it comes longer days, warmer weather and a fine trio of shows!

This Friday, April 6th, takes us back to an old stomping ground, The Pour House Music Hall in downtown Raleigh, NC. According to our meticulous note-taking, this will be our fifth (5!) appearance at the esteemed concert hall. We will be joined by James Olin Oden and friends for a rousing opening to the night. Tickets are available here.

 

 The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.

The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.

Next Thursday, April 12 will be our long awaited return to Washington, D.C. Come on down to The Hamilton for dinner and a show. We will be serving up an opening platter of Shambles hits before making way for The Hillbender’s bluegrass rendition of the classic album “Tommy" by The Who. We can’t wait to see what that’s all about. The show starts early, and tickets are available here.

On Friday, April 13 (Friday the 13th, yikes!) we’ll trek out to the coast to New Bern, NC for another visit to The Brown Pelican. This charming neighborhood watering hole has been a blast in the past and we expect more of the same this time around. This is a free show, so come hang out with us!

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We have been hard at work writing new music and spicing up old classics. We’re excited to share the music all spring and summer long. Stay tuned for more show and festival announcements, and check out the tour page to see where we’ll be next!

Back Home

Back Home

Well, we finally made it home from the road. Our journey brought us to 11 shows in 7 states in 13 days. We stayed with family, old friends, and new friends nice enough to let us in for the night. In places that were new to all of us we spent the night with our old pal Red Roof Inn.

Album Release Tour

Album Release Tour

Oh the places you'll go! We're going to places we've never been before and it would mean the world to us if we had some friends waiting there! Know anyone in any of these places? Let them know the Shambles are coming to make it swing! This is what it's all about y'all!

Life's a Beach

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. 

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".

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!

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.