Elemental Shakedown has been entertaining fans since 2009 with infectious string-bending rhythms enticing toe tapping, foot stomping and booty shakin'. Fast forward to 2012... and they have developed tight commanding original pieces which serve as a strong foundation for their interesting interpretations of the standards and creatively arranged familiar pieces by artists ranging from Jimmy Cliff to Coldplay to The Beatles. 2011 was a year of major growth and expansion by the band including the addition of three new members, beginning the production of their first full length album of original music and transitioning from a 'local only' to regionally influential ensemble.
The band kicked off 2011 with a bang as they hosted the after-party following Yonder Mountain String Band's New Year's performance at The Pageant in St. Louis. Soon after this, they brought on Alyssa Avery, whose high level of command on the fiddle and scorching solos, combined with hard work from the existing members, propelled the band's sound to levels that demanded your attention.
2011 continued and Elemental Shakedown found themselves collaborating with Bluegrass and Jamgrass giants like Greensky Bluegrass, The Henhouse Prowlers, Mountain Sprout and Mountain Standard Time to name a few. This growth and momentum attracted two talented and established musicians to fill vacancies at mandolin and banjo.
For the role of banjo/dobro Elemental Shakedown hired Bob Stuckey, formerly of The Smokehouse Allstars (1995-2004). Bob contributes hot banjo rolls, screaming dobro licks and adds a high tenor vocal compliment helping ELSD add full vocal harmonies to their repertoire.
On mandolin, the most recent addition to the ELSD family is a phenomenal St. Louis singer/songwriter named Bryan Ranney. Bryan has established himself as a top artist in the St. Louis area as the founding member and manager of 'Following the Water'.