Few bands have chosen a moniker more evocative than Th' Legendary Shack Shakers. While their name's adjectival end may originally have been wishful thinking, its nominative counterpart has turned that into a self-fulfilling prophecy. As you may have gathered, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers exude honky-tonk. Just being in the same room with the band is enough to transport you to a dive bar on the bad side of Nashville, whiskey in hand, ready for a brawl. For the past eight years, the band has been winning over live audiences while gigging alongside such like-minded acts as Hank Williams III and Southern Culture on the Skids. Their latest album, this year's Swampblood, is a true-to-form blend of dirty country, renegade blues, murky swamp rock — think CCR gone a bit goth — and gritty, deep-fried punk. Just in case this bathtub brewed libation is a bit strong for your liking, the Shack Shakers are also pretty competent with a nice Southern ballad, but expect that to serve mostly as counterpoint to their standard raucous, blood-and-booze-fueled sonic rampage.
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