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Shivering Timbers has a unique story, beginning with first being discovered by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach when married couple/band leaders Sarah and Jayson Benn played at Auerbach’s birthday party, songs they’d written for their infant daughter. Their first album was subsequently recorded at Auerbach’s studio, a collection of home-spun dark folk songs and fractured fairy tales.
One year later, Shivering Timbers met and hit it off with Brian Olive (Greenhornes, Dr. John). Pretty soon the band was at his Cincinnati studio recording their second album, “Sing Sing”, a much more accomplished and complex album. The album was released August 14, 2012, and the band is touring the US in support of it’s release, with their 5-year-old daughter in tow! (who also plays toy piano when on tour). In November, Shivering Timbers traipsed across the Midwest playing the supporting slot on a two-week tour with up-and-comers Shovels & Rope.
“Utilizing disparate elements like scorching Indie Rock, rough cut Blues, raw Punk, sprightly Pop, tent revival Gospel and dark Folk, Shivering Timbers has crafted a sound that is both hauntingly appealing and a raucous bitch-slap.” –Cincinnati City Beat
Sarah is a captivating singer — part P.J. Harvey, part Patsy Cline, while the nuanced howl of Jayson’s guitar work is the perfect mate to her sultry vocals. What’s more difficult to describe is the mood they create, which can, at times, entrance and haunt the audience, while in the next breath, invite them into a whimsical, foot-stomping play land.
Shivering Timbers has toured with, or been direct support for: Shovels & Rope, Kenny Loggins, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tav Falco, Frontier Ruckus, O’Death, David Wax Museum, and many more great bands…