Bonners Ferry has a day-after-Thanksgiving tradition: not Black Friday, not leftover turkey (we can have those, too) ... but The Shook Twins, gracing our local stage. This year’s show is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, inviting their friend, John Craigie, and bringing the biggest party of the year to The Pearl Theater.
Originally from Sandpoint, the twins began harmonizing at the age of 18, and the group emerged in 2008 with their independent debut “You Can Have The Rest” followed by “Window” and 2014’s “What We Do” — garnering acclaim from USA Today. Audiences love Shook Twins’ eccentric blend of musical genres, including folk, roots, groove, pop, and soul. Organically stirring up a buzz, they engendered fandom in fellow creators such as Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author, Neil Gaiman, who claimed, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.”
Their musical storytelling and fluid style takes audiences on a journey, surpassing ordinary concerts. The Pearl provides our hometown crowd a memorable and unique musical experience: “I want people to feel like they know us. I hope it’s like we’re friends, and we’re just hanging out comfortably in our living room together,” says Laurie Shook.
For a year, the duo has been celebrating their album, “2,” a bare-bones rendition of their fan favorites, drawing on the passion of their partnership and their two-transformed-to-one harmonies. On it, they strip down their fan-favorite “Shake” to its “quaking and quivering acoustic essence,” then explore their creativity with “Safe,” a new song that makes significant strides toward their forthcoming full-length album, “Some Good Lives,” recorded with the full band. This includes Niko Slice [electric guitar, mandolin, vocals], Barra Brown [drums, vocals, drum pad], and Josh Simon [bass, vocals, electric guitar, synth].
The band has shared bills with everyone from Ryan Adams to The Indigo Girls, in addition to performing at Red Rocks alongside Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco. Their artful amalgam of folk heart, indie spirit, and alternative energy has effectively captivated fans internationally.
Tickets are on sale now, and it’s sure to be a sell-out (as it has been every year). Make tracks to Bonners Books or Mountain Mike’s to purchase them; or simply call 208-610-2846 or order them online on our website: www.thepearltheater.org.