MV approved swamp blues hits the road
Shawn James and the Shapeshifters announce U.S. tour dates starting in March to support of their album titled, The Gospel According to Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, which dropped last April. The album is a high energy rock opus blending elements of swampy blues, heavy metal and featuring intensely soulful, passionate vocals.
The band has garnered the attention of music supervisors and original songs like ” Omens” have landed placements on popular TV shows like Yukon Men on the Discovery Channel. In 2015 the band won in a competition held by Metalsucks and Converse and got to record their song “Hellhound” at a Converse Rubber Tracks recording facility in New York.
Shawn James and the Shapeshifters has shared the stage with artists like Crowbar, Helmet, He is Legend, Murder by Death, Lucero and The Hooten Hallers. “We’re looking forward to bringing our intense nonstop rowdy live shows to audiences across the US” Shawn James says. “We’ll be preaching ‘the Gospel’ to all that care to listen.” Audiences can hear the band’s influences which are as diverse as Son House and Red Fang, to Howlin Wolf and Witchcraft, Sleep or Graveyard.
The band is Shawn James on guitar and vocals, Baker McKinney on banjo, Jeff Bodine on bass and Kirby Westmoreland on drums. MetalSucks enthuses “if this shit doesn’t get you clappin’ your hands, tappin’ your foot, and lookin’ for a partner with whom to do-si-do STAT, then you need to check your pulse.” Danger Dog Blog catalogs the band’s sound citing “early heavy rock, like something out of the mid-Seventies, and classic Southern rock. But there are more layers put upon this: bluegrass, folk, stoner, country and swamp music.” Sea of Tranquility concurs explaining the band’s sound cannot be easily added to any one genre since it’s got “a country edge, a touch of bluegrass, a rock n’ roll heart and a dash of metal, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters genuinely sound like no other band I’ve stumbled across.”
SHAWN JAMES AND THE SHAPESHIFTERS Tour Itinerary:
Thursday, March 3rd at The Vanguard Tulsa in Tulsa, OK
Friday, March 4th at Caves Lounge in Arlington, TX
Saturday, March 5th at Leftwoods in Amarillo, TX
Monday, March 7th at Mesa Music Hall in El Paso, TX
Tuesday, March 8th at Last Exit Live in Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, March 10th at The Mint LA in Los Angeles, CA
Friday, March 11th in Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA
Saturday, March 12th at The Hood Bar & Pizza in Palm Desert, CA
Sunday, March 13th at Soda Bar in San Diego, CA
Tuesday, March 15th at The Western Cafe & Bar in Cloudcroft, NM
Thursday, March 17th at St. Patty’s day Party at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub in Joplin, MO
Friday, March 18th at Lucky’s Everyday in Wichita, KS
Saturday, March 19th at The Smoke & Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville, AR
Saturday, April 16th at Rites of Spring Festival at Vino’s (w/The Shapeshifters) in Little Rock, AR
Sunday, April 17th at Rites of Spring Festival at Vino’s (solo) in Little Rock, AR
Saturday, April 23rd at Norman Music Festival in Norman, OK
Saturday, May 28th at Westport Roots Festival in Kansas City, MO
Shawn James and the Shapeshifters can be found online at: