We asked if we could come in on this show with The Cluny. Thats how high we rate Nick Shoulders. This is his UK debut tour …be the first to see him here….
Wielding an ethereal croon and masterful whistle crafted from a lifetime chasing lizards through the Ozark hills, Nick Shoulders is a living link to roots of country music with a penchant for the absurd. Combining his family’s deep ties to regional traditional singing with his years of playing to crowded street corners, Nick has sought to forge a hybridized form of raucously clever country music; born of forgotten rocky hollers and bred to confront the tensions of the 21st century South
Here to put the “Try” in country, Nick Shoulders and the gang bring you ‘Okay, Crawdad.”, the fledgling full length album by the New Orleans based ethereal honky tonkers, recorded live to tape and firmly below sea level. Wielding a distinct warbling yodel and masterful whistle crafted from a lifetime chasing lizards through the Ozark hills, Nick combines his family’s deep ties to southern traditional music with years singing to empty street corners to create this hybridized form of raucous country music: born of some dark holler, yet bred to be sweated out and stomped into the New Orleans dancefloors it now calls home. A cry out against the withering void of listless Americana, ‘Okay, Crawdad.’ is a two-step laden dose of indignation, loss and profound elation; inspired as much by the chaos and decadence of south Louisiana as it is the rural sounds of yesteryear from which it sprang. Embracing the mania of the podunk zeitgeist, Nick Shoulders is a compulsive crooner and working illustrator with a voice shaped by echoes off of rocky forgotten places; but a wit honed by the strained reality of the 21st century South. ‘Okay, Crawdad.” is the country record you never knew you needed.
From Anti-Gravity Magazine (New Orleans):
“In a time when embarrassing inaccuracy is a trend in the Americana genre, Shoulders is a welcome relief, with his ability to properly rectify old country.”
From Saving Country Music:
“It is not a spurious notion to consider Nick Shoulders one of the most unique and gifted vocal acrobats of roots music from this generation or any other. The splendid highlonesome yodels, the exquisite whistling, the occasional run on the throat trumpet, or just the timbre of his voice when he’s singing straight with no frills is something that immediately sets him off against the weary peloton of average performers. With range, control, and confidence, Shoulders can sing whatever he wants, however he wants, and does”