The Shady Rest Band
The Shady Rest Band With the highly successful release of their debut album !MERICA... in early 2012, The Shady Rest Band and their foot stomping skiffle grass sound continue to turn heads wherever they go. Since moving to the live music capital of the world over two and a half years from the small ski town of Mammoth Lakes, California high in Eastern Sierra the band has been in high demand playing over 200 shows a year. After playing bars, parties, campfires, and festivals all over the Eastern Sierra for almost two years, in the fall of 2009 the band packed up and decided that Austin was going to be the place where they could really make things happen. Shortly after their arrival they picked up their first residency, which they still hold, at the famous Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos where they can be seen every Friday for their acoustic happy hour. Often they are joined by guest musicians who enjoy the loose and friendly approach that The Shady Rest Band is known for while the boys rip through their ever growing catalog of over 70 original songs. Playing almost 90% original music and filling spots in their uncommonly tight sets with tasteful cover tunes the bands busy schedule has them playing regularly at The Taproom and Sean Patrick's in San Marcos, Last Concert Cafe in Houston, and the Double Wide in Dallas. In the past year the band has been seen at many Austin hot spots which include Fado, Trophy's, The White Horse, The Gypsy Lounge, The Salt Lick BBQ, and many others. 2011 was kicked off with their first west coast tour supporting their self released EP "Shirts are Bad Luck" and was highlighted at the Whitewater Ampitheater in New Braunfels opening for Leon Russell and Bob Dylan last summer. They recently returned from a highly successful nine city tour through the west with shows in Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Phoenix, San Diego, Mammoth Lakes, Boulder, Kansas City, Tulsa, and Dallas supporting their new album !MERICA... and plan to stay busy this summer while preparing to go back into the studio to record a follow up album. This 4 piece band features three songwriters who swap instruments on the fly, Benjamin Blair (Guitar, Banjo, Upright Bass), Jaz Lee Short ( Upright Bass, Guitar), and Nate Guthrie (Mandolin, Guitar) , with CK Dangerbird (Washboard, Harmonica) filling out the vocal arrangements. The Shady Rest Band has proven time in and time out that there is no room too big or small to get people to cut loose and enjoy a live music that defies all traditional genres performed by 4 friends who love what they do.