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The Whiskey Shambles

For the last few years, The Whiskey Shambles have been working their way through the dive bars and juke joints of the Midwest and Rustbelt, with regular trips to more exotic locales. They've moved on to larger venues, festivals, and events, earning many showcase and sub-headliner roles.

The Shambles won the 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Challenge, and represented Northeast Ohio at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The band headlined two showcases at the 2015 Millennium Music Conference near Philadelphia, and were invited to showcase at the 2015 Singer-Songwriter of Cape May conference in southern New Jersey, and the 2015 NXNE conference in Toronto.

In addition to winning the 2016 & 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Blues Act (for which they were also nominated in 2014), they were also nominated for Best Live Act in 2016, as well as CityBeat magazine’s Best of Cincinnati (Best Original Band) in 2016, 2015, & 2014, and several of their song releases have earned critical acclaim.

In 2012 The Whiskey Shambles released the EP, “Live at Mad Frog.” September 2014 saw the release of a second live EP, “Stumbling Toward Beale Street.” Their first LP “Loose Change for a Broken Man” was released in November, shortly thereafter was named #23 on WNKU's Top 89 Albums of 2014, and is getting regular airplay on college and AAA radio stations. The Shambles are already working on their second full-length album, with plans to release it in spring of 2016.



"Best CD:  This is a magnificent album of modern hill country blues, in the steps of the one and only Screaming Jay Hawkins; a music that will give real pleasure to the bold and audacious -- and the people who, like me, long for a rejuvenation of the blues!" - Blues & Co. Magazine (France) – April, 2015

"The Shambles have a chain-gang grip on the down-and-dirty heavy garage blues, with gritty vocals about the dark side of soul and fuzz-laden guitar that drives deep into the gut.- Cincinnati Magazine – March 2, 2015

"While Loose Change exudes a contemporary vibe, the album bears the diverse hallmarks of the best ‘70s Blues Rock albums. Like Led Zeppelin, Cream and Free before them, The Whiskey Shambles channels first generation Blues subsets like Delta, Piedmont and Hill Country, combined with the members’ unique individual experiences to conjure an edgy, atmospheric vision of 21st century Blues.- CityBeat – November 12, 2014

"Cincinnati rockers the Whiskey Shambles are bluesy, raw, intense and ominous.- Youngstown Vindicator – April 24, 2014

"The Darkest Dirtiest Gritty Garage Band in Town -- Whiskey Shambles has everything I’m looking for in a new original band. It’s raw, talent laden, dirty and dark, savage yet smoothly aggressive. Often listening to an original band means suffering through many so-so songs to find the diamonds in the rough. With Whiskey Shambles, every tune is interesting, compelling and addicting all at the same time. …they tore through their songs, thoroughly saturating the night air with their rowdy roadhouse raunch. Some songs are pure power plays, others are melodic & trance like. All are on the dark side. They keep you keep hangin’ on the edge of the seat in anticipation. After each song I could only wonder ‘What the hell are they gonna do next?’ They keep challenging your perception of just who this band is with each passing tune. To some ‘garage band’ may be an insult. To Whiskey Shambles it’s a philosophy. They’re not following a popular genre… In my mind, they’re in a genre of their own." - CincyVibe – July 01, 2013

"When The Whiskey Shambles (who’d earlier won the Blues CEA) were performing their diverse spin on Blues/Rock, a guy next to me said, 'They’re good, but they’re not Blues.' While it’s true if perhaps based on an inflexible dictionary definition, the Shambles are impressive because they don’t adhere strictly to the antique Blues blueprint, which is just the kind of act the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards loves to honor and celebrate." - Citybeat – February 3, 2016

"Between the heavier instrument arrangement and the dark supporting vocals that stay true to the original, yet enhance the impact of the part, the piece breathes new life into one of Slim’s best-known songs. The result adds a heavy and somewhat psychedelic rock feel to a song that always had weighty lyrics, but only mildly dark instrumentation in its original and most-well known recordings." - CincyGroove – January 5, 2014

"Hard-driving, whiskey-reeling, dirty, and raunchy blues rock.- CincyMusic – November 14, 2014

“Medicine Eyes, part 1: Wow! Where have YOU been all my life, Whiskey Shambles? Blind Willie McTell meets Exile on Main St. meets Howlin' Wolf. LOVE IT! ...and... Holy cow! Mother Earth sounds like a nasty gumbo of Memphis Slim, Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James, and maybe even a TINY bit of Moby Grape.” - Aron Levin, The Heaters

"The Shambles sound like the soundtrack for a Quentin Tarantino movie that hasn't been made yet." - Cincinnati Creative

"You guys hit hard! No one else is doing what you do." "I like the re-arrangements and the uncommon instrumentation/presentation. Thanks. Refreshing!" "Truly a fresh take on the blues - I appreciate the originality - hope you succeed." - Judges, Northeast Ohio Blues Challenge  April 26, 2014

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