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The Shook Twins and Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman
Studio 55 Marin
San Rafael, CA
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The Shook Twins and Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman
Identical twins Laurie Shook (vocals, banjo, percussion and beatboxing) and Katelyn Shook (vocals, guitar and mandolin), The Shook Twins, intertwine gorgeous "twin" harmonies with an eclectic and eccentric blend of folk, roots, pop and fun. Jeff Rosenberg of the Willamette Weekly says, Their songs are witty and well-built, the performances poised, the production adventurous. Recently transplanted to Portland, Shook Twins are the most exciting local folk act I've heard in ages. Strike that word "local" and the sentiment still stands. Originally from Sandpoint Idaho, the twins have been making music together since childhood. Playful, warm and lighthearted, a Shook Twins show percolates with the twin's infectious radiant energy. Pristine vocals layered on top of traditional stringed folk instruments, create lovely aural imagery of two women with one sound. But don't be fooled. The Shook Twins are not your average folk group. They have a few tricks up their sleeves. Laurie may drop a beat-box in the middle of a song, while Katelyn plays the guitar, glockenspiel, mandolin, and sings into a telephone and bocks like a chicken. Laurie plays wah-wah Banjo and loops various melodies and beats to make it sound like more than just two identical twin sisters. It's a refreshing romp filled with unexpected surprises.

Melody Walker's soulful songwriting and Jacob Groopman's picking prowess join together in a duo that is creating it's own genre: "Americali". Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, Walker and Groopman represent a real fusion of ideas and sounds, with the literacy and musicianship to pull it off. Their voices harmonize earnestly over intricate textures of banjo, guitars and mandolin, as they sing of ancient truths and futuristic myths, bringing their eclectic influences to life in traditional forms. 2012 is an exciting year for Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, with the release of their first full-length album Gold Rush Goddess and national tour dates through the fall. Their local schedule includes plays at the Great American Music Hall and the Freight & Salvage, and tours include Alaska, Colorado and both coasts. Gold Rush Goddess is enjoying a national Americana and AAA radio and publicity campaign this spring, with a crack team helping to spread the music from coast to coast. The duo has performed with Bruce Cockburn, Tony Furtado, Bearfoot, the Honey Dewdrops and Evie Ladin Band in 2011. Melody Walker has toured with Moira Smiley & VOCO and AkaBella, and Jacob Groopman has toured with Albino! and Donner Mountain Bluegrass Band.

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Studio 55 Marin (View)
1455-A East Francisco Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94901
United States


Categories

Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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