Shook Twins ~ Giving Thanks @ The Panida Theater
w/ special guests Honeysuckle & John Craigie
6:30pm Doors / 7:30pm Show
A moving testament to our life and times, Shook Twins emotive Some Good Lives resonates with warm energy and raw humanity" - Atwood Magazine
"Some Good Lives is as affirming as it is magical." - Popmatters
"The Shook Twins tell it like it is while also making us want to dance." - Glide Magazine
I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition, without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods. Neil Gaiman, New York Times Best-Selling Author
The Shooks will Shake you. These ladies have been keepin it real since the day they were born and that was only seconds apart from one another I think. Do yourself a favor and check em out. I do declare, ya wont be sorry. Langhorne Slim
The Shook Twins put on a heck of a show. Keep your eyes on these folks. Im excited to hear what they do next. Tucker Martine
A unique, personal music that lights up the stage with its joy and enthusiasm. Mason Jennings
Everybody in your life will write his or her own chapter in your story. Take a step back, and youll see the influence of your loved ones, mentors, and friends in your decisions. Shook Twins refer to these folks in the title of their fourth album, Some Good Lives. Throughout fourteen tracks, the duoidentical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals]pay homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders.
We realized there was a theme, Katelyn reveals. Even though our minds are mostly on the women of today and wanting the monarchy to rise up, we have several men in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world we live in. So, its an album for Some Good Lives that have crossed paths with oursand to them, we are grateful.
Laurie agrees, Its also an acknowledgment of our thankfulness of the good life that we get to live.
However, the pair derived their own strength from these relationships. Over the course of three full-length releases and a handful of EPs since 2008, acclaim would come by way of everyone from USA Today and Baeble Music to Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who enthusiastically decreed, They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods. Beyond gigs with the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco, they captivated crowds at High Sierra Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Summer Camp Music Festival, and Northwest String Summit, to name a few.
During 2016, they planted the seeds for what would become Some Good Lives by thinking bigger. The girls intermittently recorded at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. Within this old library building, which feels full of stories, they tapped into palpable energy like never before, locking into a groove inside of the spacious, reverberant live room. Moreover, the full bandBarra Brown [drums], Sydney Nash [bass], and Niko Slice [guitar, mandolin]expanded the sonic palette.
It took us a long time to find the band that we wanted to record these songs with and for the songs to fully mature, admits Laurie. Once Barra, Sydney, and Niko joined us, we really started to explore what our music could be. These amazing players helped us realize that we could be more than just folk pop. We started adding other genres to the word like disco, psychedelic, funk, and soul. We really honed in on a new sound.
They initially teased that evolution with the single Safe. Its airy acoustic guitar and delicate harmonies materialize as a heartfelt and hypnotic rumination on love. The track quickly surpassed 1 million Spotify streams and stoked excitement among audiences for the eventual arrival of Some Good Lives.
Safe was written up at a cabin in the woods, recalls Katelyn. I had the line a love that feels safe in my mind for a while. Thats the only kind of love truly possible and healthy when youre touring and away from your person all the time. You feel like you can trust it, and its not going to change within either of youno matter how long and far you are away from each other.
I was struggling to find that kind of love at the time, and Katelyn had this other perspective, adds Laurie. Its my breakup song my sister wrote for me, she laughs.
Elsewhere, opener What Have We Done struts forward on funky tambourine and boisterous horns before culminating on the shuddering soulful chant, My God, what have we done? Inspired by feeling the Bern, the track serves as a wake-up-and-do better social commentary to fire people up. Meanwhile, the dreamy Figure It Out sways from vivid verses into a catchy and confessional hook.
To me, its about being lost and trying to figure it out over and over again, continues Katelyn. Were always going to be trying to figure things out, and thats okay.
The intimate Grandpa Piano draws on 1992 tapes of the girls grandpa performing on a grand piano during the final weeks of his life. Such moments thematically thread together the record, following its concept.
Katelyn adds, You can hear our grandma, uncle, and godfather who have all passed on speaking in those clips too. These are little glimpses of those lives that we are honoring. I knew it was the perfect thing to add and complete the theme.
Meanwhile, the album concludes on Dog Beacha song penned by their godfather Ted as his only original composition in 1989. Preserving the raw spirit, Shook Twins tracked their background vocals over the initial tape 28 years after the initial recording. As Ted passed away recently, the song possessed a special place in their hearts.
Its like our village anthem in a way, says Katelyn. We made him sing it, and wed all sing the responses at every campfire we had growing up.
In the end, Shook Twins do Some Good Lives justice by reaching new heights themselves as musicians, lyricists, artists, and women.
I hope people will hear this music as part of the soundtrack to their lives, Laurie leaves off. I hope it makes them feel joy, relaxation, or makes them want to dance a little. I hope theyre satisfied with the way we captured these songs.
I want them to feel the love that emanates from the songs: the love of the sounds we made and the love of the people we are honoring through them, concludes Katelyn.
Panida Theater (View)
300 North 1st Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864
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