On Friday, September 15, join Hill Country Conservancy in preserving the beauty of the Hill Country at HILL COUNTRY NIGHTS, a benefit concert featuring Shakey Graves with Parker Millsap. The philosophy of Hill Country Conservancy is simple: Once Hill Country land is gone, it’s gone for good. When Hill Country Conservancy preserves it, it’s here forever.
We believe that the region’s prosperity is inextricably tied to its natural landscape and quality of life. People – and companies – move here, and want to stay here, because it’s a wonderful, beautiful place to be.
But growth has consequences. The more land we develop, the less rainwater makes it back into the aquifers and springs; the greater the risk of fragmenting the contiguous habitat native wildlife need to survive; the scarcer the wild, open spaces that make the Hill Country such a special and unique place to live.
We believe the future economic success of Central Texas and the Hill Country is tied to how well we balance our growth and the preservation of these precious natural resources.
For VIP packages, including concert sponsorships, private mezzanine suites and date night packages, please visit: hillcountrynights.com/concert
ABOUT SHAKEY GRAVES
«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 trials 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.
«Roll the Bones» established the powerful, mesmerizing Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself 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,» describing him as «astonishing...unclassifiably 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.
But while this distinctive arrangement continued to earn him an ever-expanding fan base on the road, Rose-Garcia knew that he wanted the follow-up to achieve something different. „With the first album, I didn't have any expectations except my own,“ he says. „This time, I was making something people were going to listen to out of the gate. I tried to maintain everything I enjoy about recording, the weird homemade aspect, but I was seeking a new, shining sound quality. The concepts for the songs are a little bigger. This is not the 'Mr, Folk, Hobo Mountain' album — it's more of the Cyborg Shakey Graves. It's definitely the next step in the staircase.“
An experienced actor who had a recurring role on „Friday Night Lights“ and appeared in several of Robert Rodriguez films, Rose-Garcia started making music as part of New York City's „anti-folk“ scene. While knocking around the underground music community in Los Angeles, he saw a performance by one-man band Bob Log III that pointed his work in a new direction. Since returning to Austin, Rose-Garcia has become so closely associated with his hometown that for the last three years, Austin has celebrated „Shakey Graves Day“ by mayoral proclamation.
ABOUT HILL COUNTRY CONSERVANCY
Hill Country Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust committed to preserving not only the natural beauty and open spaces of the Texas Hill Country but its economy as well. HCC marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country for people to enjoy and cherish for generations to come.
To learn more, please visit: hillcountryconservancy.org/