23.9 C
Byron Shire
February 25, 2021

Shakey Graves for Bluesfest

Latest News

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Saltwater mob style

Story & photo Melissa Butters If you’ve ever tasted the wild fish rillettes from The Bay SmokeHouse you know what’s...

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Did Liberal-Nationals rort ‘bushfire’ recovery funds?

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) has joined the call to highlight the actions of the Berejiklian-Barilaro NSW government over the latest ‘Liberal-National government grant rorts scandal’.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Jaimini hut

Margot Hays, Bangalow I would like to voice my opinion regarding the hut structure at Belongil where Jaimini sits and...

shakey-graves

Shakey Graves is the stage name of Texas-based ‘hobo folk’ singer/songwriter and musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia.

It was something he came up with when he was a little drunk, and it kind of stuck. ‘There was a thing in America when I was a little kid: you would do a camp-out like you and your father, like the boy scouts but a quasi-racist version called Indian Guide. I never did it but I had friends who did it. You choose a name or you get given one; I named myself Shakey Graves at a music festival and carried a guitar around introducing myself to people like that. It was weird because it kind of stuck.’

A teen actor, Rose-Garcia appeared in several movies including Shorts, Material Girls and Spy Kids 3.

‘I grew up acting; it’s something I adore doing,’ says Rose- Garcia, who grew up with a family ethos that encouraged him to follow his heart. ‘I didn’t get into either of them (music or acting) for money. It’s nice to eat food and be appreciated for your work, but that is secondary to passion. If I were flipping burgers I would still be playing music, or acting!’

Unlike most people’s parents, Rose-Garcia’s encouraged authenticity rather than hard economics.

‘They have always been creative magic-bean people who make something out of nothing. You would rather create your own job than work for someone else. There are millions of ways to do that: write a play, start a restaurant, draw a poster. My mother has always been an actress, playwright and director, and was a lecturer at one point; dad was a technical guy managing stage. I was raised along those lines.

‘I was taught the process. I grew up learning about how to come up with a concept and rehearse and stage-test it. In the end, putting on a show is important to me as opposed to just stepping on stage.’

ShakeyGraves_CreditKirkStewartAs a songwriter Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, admits he can be a harsh editor.

‘I would rather something not be released than released prematurely. A lot of stuff is a work in progress. My big question is when is a song done; it’s done when you finally record it, when you put it in a frame and then it will change around a bit. I try to have all the songs lure you into the next one and make you miss the one before it. Everything can be an individual piece and you. The old format used to be multi-track. I always like using tape because there are limitations to it; there are only so many tracks that you can lose track in digital and lose sight of it. Eight track is pretty well perfect, four track is more fun; simplicity often reeks of purity.’

Shakey Graves is looking forward to making his debut steps onto Bluesfest stages this year. ‘It feels insane to step out on a big stage. Anything past 2,000 or 2,500 feels like a million people. It’s impossible to tell whether its 8,000 or more!’

Shakey Graves is one of the featured acts you will want to discover at Bluesfest this coming Easter long weekend.

For tickets and program information go to bluesfest.com.au.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.