The 2016 River House Restuarant Concert Series in Prescott Park, downtown Portsmouth.
“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trails and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness – the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.”
Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, And The War Came, he extends the ground – emotionally and sonically – broken by his 2011 self-released debut album. Roll the Bones, which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts.
The mesmerizing sound features Rose-Garcia on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012” and describe him as “astonishing, unclassifiable original. And frighteningly good.” Paste included him in a “Best of What’s Next” feature, praising his “gnarly composite of blues and folk,” while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.”