As a little holiday gift, you can now download our cover of Charles Brown’s 1960 Christmas blues classic over on Bandcamp. Enjoy!
Brrrr… baby its cold outside! We’re rounding out this old year with two fine Friday shows in the Bay Area!
First, Skip is doing a rare solo set opening up for David Wax Museum at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco on Friday Dec 7. Tickets are available here.
We’re pitching in for the Mission Creek Oakland Festival next weekend. They’ve curated a whole dang month full of amazing shows and artsy happenings. Be sure to check the MCO site for a full calendar.
Lordy lordy! Summer is officially here, and that means we’re hitting the road to visit our Northern California friends & fans and share some new songs. Details can be found on our SHOWS page, but here’s the itinerary, from the Bay to the Coast to the Valley!
Saturday July 28
Seaside (near Monterey)
Sunday July 29
912 N. Yosemite, Stockton
We’re kicking off our summer with two fine Bay Area shows this weekend!
First, we’re headlining the Starry Plough in Berkeley on Friday night. Sean McArdle and Paige & The Thousand open:
Then, we’re playing a set for Shelby Ash’s big Twang Bang & Burlesque party at the Great American Music Hall in SF this Saturday night. There’ll be 3 other rocking bands, with performances by local burlesque troupe, the Hot Pink Feathers! More details & tickets here:
That’s right, for your folks based in the UK, Skip will be in fair London town on Sunday May 27. Catch him at the Gladstone Arms (which Time Out describes as the best lil’ pub in Borough). Also on the bill are fellow Yanks in Groanbox, and Alex Haynes.
By June, we’ll be state-side again, with two HUGE shows to announce. Stay tuned!
We’re kicking off a sunny season of Bay Area shows with a huge, FREE event next Saturday April 28 in downtown San Jose at the San Pedro Square Market, thanks to the fine folks at S*ALT 104.9fm and Content Magazine. There’s 3 other great bands playing after us, tons of good food & booze… and did we mention its FREE? We’ve never played down there in the City of Silicon, so we’re charging up our various gadgets in anticipation. You can RSVP right here, and there’s a nice post about the concert series here at Content with all the details!
8pm – The Shants
9pm – FIALTA!
10pm- Benjamin Henderson
It’s no joke! We’re returning to the stage (and the sweet bacon jam) at Disco Volante in Oakland this Sunday night. We’re playing a coupla sets alongside The Quiet American, plus Tippy Canoe & The Bay Area Brit. Starts around 7, and there’s no damn cover!
The BIG news is that this will be our first show with Mister Andrew Robertson on mandolin, banjo & lead guitar! Aside from those other instruments, he can play a pretty mean ukulele as well.
Andy just moved down here from Mendocino County, but is originally from Fairfield. You may have seen him play clubs & wineries up there, with the Stormy Weathermen.
We’re pleased to as punch that the SF Chronicle printed an interview with us, with a nice shout out for our show tonight at Cafe DuNord with Chadwick Stokes. You can read the web version here, or pick up a copy of the Chronicle - flip to G: Entertainment section!
“The band calls itself Americana, but it shall not be denied that The Shants are heart and soul. Skip Allums is more of a crooner than just another lead singer and The Shants’ latest release,last year’s “Beautiful Was the Night," has staying power. It’s one of those few records that can keep even the most jaded of music journalists listening again and again."
Hope ya’ll had a fun Mardi Gras. We spent it by chowing down on a fine praline-stuffed King cake from Gambino’s Bakery in New Orleans. Sinfully good!
Lots of great shows coming up for us this spring, here’s just a few… starting with this Saturday night at KALX:
2012 sure is off to a good start. This year we’re back to playing in all your favorite Bay Area bars, cafes and bordellos… with our lovely little record, Beautiful Was The Night for sale at every show.
Show announcements coming soon, but first we’ve got two great pieces of news:
Rasputin Records feature
Legendary California independent record store Rasputin Records has gobbled up a box of Beautiful Was The Night CDs, and is featuring them in all their stores. If you haven’t got yours yet, then stop by any of their locations. They also wrote up a nice summary of what we’ve been up to in the last year in their Bay Area Buzz blog! Nice!
The Shants on Lufthansa Radio
Flying on Lufthansa airlines this month? Plug in your headphones and listen for us on their Country/Americana channel… Lufthansa is featuring a song from our record, Baton Rouge alongside new tunes from Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, The Black Lillies & lots more.
Welp, we’ve reached the end of another stellar year, what with the release of our new record, a whole lot of praise of that record, and some great shows in the Bay & on the road (London, San Luis Obispo, Belmont… oh my!).
We’re wrapping up 2011 with two shows this month: tomorrow night in Sacramento at Shine with The Golden Cadillacs (Dave Gleason’s band) & John Conley (of Desario), then next weekend Dec 10 at the famous Starry Plough in Berkeley opening for Zoe Muth (Seattle) plus Emily Bonn & the Vivants.
Here’s a really cool poster for the Dec 10 Berkeley show. We’re big fans of poultry, in general and especially in the context of rock n roll:
Its been 2 weeks or so since we released the new album into the wild… and we’ve received some really nice reviews from a handful of blogs and print sources. Here’s what we’ve gathered so far, the most recent one from our own local rag, the East Bay Express:
"This album is built of many parts, but there’s no question that Skip Allums’ voice pulls it all together. Whether snaking through some dusty, Gram Parsons-ish California desert or hollering over a New Orleans-y brass band (courtesy of Ralph Carney), his smooth croon draws you in and makes you want to stay. Add to that some really solid songs and a tight band that features Sam Tokheim’s pedal steel prominently and you’re in good shape. In fact, Beautiful Was the Night is a great album. It sounds gorgeous, thanks to Eliot Curtis and his analog amusement park, Tones on Tail Studios.” - East Bay Express
"The band adds brass (courtesy of Ralph Carney) to “Brother,” rocks a Velvet Underground rhythm riff on “Evangeline Blues” and strikes a New Orleans groove for the closing “(I’m Not) Gonna Waste Another Song on You,” but it’s their weathered Americana that remains their calling card." - No Depression
"Stream The Shants new album: Beautiful was the Night…” - The Bay Bridged
"With their full length debut, Beautiful was the Night, set for release September 27, the band is about to garner more praise. The album maintains the haunting, meandering sound from the EP that made me want to root for The Shants, but tracks like “Brother” and the closer “(I’m Not) Gonna Waste Another Song on You” reveal a brass swagger.” - SF Station
"Stompy bayou music!" - CD Baby, Music Discovery Podcast
"Fantastic. A first-rate tribute to the state of Louisiana." - Rebel Rod, KGSR, Austin
"Sometimes it is just good to get away; away from the city, away from work, away from the hustle and bustle lifestyle, in order to discover things about the world, and yourself, that sometimes just get buried in distractions and stimulation. What better way to assist this journey of isolation and self unearthing than an old style, country blues with a modern rock twist? Well, one not need to tread too far outside of their Bay Area mecca to find such a entity. Skip Allums, Sam Tokheim, Carver Cordes, and Adam Burstein are The Shants, a band of such talents out of Oakland that embodies that discovery in their folksy musical style" - Rabbits Black blog
"Paints a beautiful picture of Louisiana. Beautiful was the Night offers subtle music with a touch of country and folk, in which Sam Tokheim excels at a lonely-sounding pedal steel guitar. Gritty, unconstrained… with a sharp, dark edge & burning guitar riffs, this record is perfect for an Indian summer." - Alt-Country Forum (Netherlands)