- Shivering Timbers at Off Broadway
- Shivering Timbers played a great set opening for Field Report â€” and they were nice enough to answer some questions for Encor.es to boot. What nice folks â€” and what a cute little piano player! Read More
- Photos: Shivering Timbers @ Off Broadway | 03.06.13
- It is, as many others have mentioned, hard not to compare Sarah Bennâ€™s voice to Grace Slick. Itâ€™s intriguing on record and downright startling to hear right in front of you. Jaysonâ€™s tone and playing take a few notes from the early days of the Black Keys, sounding at times thick and controlled, but never out of place. From their inspirations, old or young, theyâ€™ve created a new color. Read More
- Alt-country rowdies Shovels & Rope sing, shout and impress at the High Noon Saloon
- Shivering Timbers opened the show, led by spouses Sarah and Jayson Benn. They also employ a drummer to accompany them on tour. More importantly, though, they employ their incredibly adorable 4-year-old daughter, Suzi, on a miniature, pink toy piano. With Mrs. Benn on big bass and Mr. Benn on lead guitar, Shivering Timbers' performance brimmed with dark, bluesy folk powered by Sarah's haunting vocals. Little Suzi's tinkering on toy piano intensified the eerie, ghostly vibe during songs like "Crooked Man." Though Sarah embodies a gypsy spirit, I liked Shivering Timbers best during songs like "The Mopping Floor," which showcased the Benns' ability to perform crunchy blues-rock reminiscent of the Black Keys.
Above all, little Suzi Benn stole the show. An adorable kid on a toy piano is bound to do so. Her mother Sarah said it best when she remarked, "I can't be playing second fiddle to my own daughter." I can't wait to hear what kind of music Suzi herself will end up making in 20 years, after growing up on tour with her mom and pop. Read More
- Shovels & Rope | 11.03.12
- Along with contemporaries like Justin Townes Earle, The Avett Brothers, Neko Case, Drive by Truckers, Joe Pug, and Gillian Welch, both Shivering Timbers and Shovels & Rope are proof that country music is alive and well. These modern artists have picked up a punk-rock attitude here, a jazzy vibe there, and a more pronounced folk sensibility. However, there is an obvious respect for the greats of the past and their roots are still in mountain music. The heart of their sound is still pure Americana. Read More
- Musical Assembly
- it was like listening to some very funky, creepy lullabies. I told Matt during their set, â€śI feel like Iâ€™m in a very weird version of Aliceâ€™s Wonderland.â€ť We both agreed the singer was a sexier version of Olive Oyl, tall and spindly-limbed and just all kinds of porcelain-faced gorgeous. Read More
- Shivering me timbers
- Their songs build until they reach an epic crescendo â€“ and Rockâ€™n'roll is born. Jayson shreds with a shape-shifting dissonance that channels the best of Jimmy Page. Bradâ€™s drumming is sparse, yet elegant in its precision. This is the kind of music you listen to when you rock your darlinâ€™ to sleep on a sweaty porch in New Orleans. Spooky. Banshee-Folk. Their album could provide the soundtrack for an entire episode of True Blood. When the set was over, I wanted more.... Read More
- The nine-song set was a 30-minute, foot-stomping, electric-folk-gospel-infused explosion of buzzsaw guitars, banjo-y goodness, haunting bass lines and sultry vocals provided by the husband-and-wife duo of Jayson and Sarah Benn (guitar, bells, vocals and vocals, double bass, banjo, respectively)... Read More
- Rachel Roberts, Shivering Timbers Mellow Out at Annabell's
- Shivering Timbers are starting to share their music with the rest of the world, cute little folksy ditties geared toward their daughter but enjoyable to everyone. Sometimes itâ€™s a little dark and spacey, sometimes itâ€™s more of a poppy lullably, but itâ€™s always easy on the ears...