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.
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 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.
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 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.
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!
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!
It is with heavy hearts, but bright eyes to the future, that we say goodbye to our fiddlin' maniac Mr. Jonathan Ng. From all of us to you, it has been a truly remarkable experience making music and conquering the world with you. This picture sums it all up for me. In music, my brother.
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.
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".
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.
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.