Roll The Bones by Shakey Graves might be two years old but it hasn’t lost its charming touch. Filled to the brim with delightful acoustic, folk americana music; the album is soothing in a “hangin’-out-the-bayou” sort of way.
Shakey Graves is the moniker of Texas based singer, Alejandro Rose-Garcia. This is his debut compilation and from the sound of things, it’s setting him up for a bright future. His vocals, coupled with his expert guitar picking makes the songs delightful and entertaining.
If there’s one thing you get from the record, it’s this relaxing, folkly sound that brings to mind afternoon hangouts by the river and simple enjoying the company of friends.
Among the first tracks that greet you is Built To Roam. This one’s a lazy and cheeky track filled with lyrics like “this lazy livin’, it sure tastes good…here I come, bored and lazy.” It’s a simple song but has one of the catchiest tunes on the record making it perfect for long drives and lazy moments.
One recognizable track is his Bruce Springsteen classic, I’m On Fire. His take on the song is beautiful even for those who probably don’t know the original. Another worthy cut is Proper Fence. The song incorporates beautiful singing, acoustic guitars and handclaps. It reminds me of hippies in the 70s singing along with flower on their hair. It’s a gorgeous track that’ll serve as an easy favorite.
Overall, Roll the Bones is a great listen. Even if you’re not into folk Americana, as long as you’re looking for a soothing, acoustic folk sound; take this one for a spin. The album is available as a free download and definitely worth your time.