Shakey Graves: Weird Voices

  [caption id="attachment_144143" align="aligncenter" width="600"] photo by Nina Westervelt[/caption]   Man, oh man. Trying to tell the story of how Alejandro Rose-Garcia became fast-rising singer-songwriter Shakey Graves, and why so many listeners are thrilled that he did, nearly dumped this writer’s career into a shaky grave. Turns out it actually might be possible to die from writer’s block, if one frenzied editor could manage to get a good grip around your throat. Poetic justice would be served if Mr. Graves and his pals in Shovels & Rope would co-write the murder ballad. Rose-Garcia’s intriguing history contains so many terrific anecdotes, having to winnow them down felt like a herculean task – until the phrase that unlocked everything popped right off the screen. While transcribing the 11,060-word interview, I’d highlighted only one sentence: Things are always weirder than they seem. Never mind the fact that Rose-Garcia grew up in Texas’ capital, where countless T-shirts bear the now quaintly outdated slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” We’re talking about a guy who says he’s always had at least one foot in the “witchy world”; who’s got an impish streak that manifests itself in an occasional fondness for metaphorical, if not actual, bone-rattling (his self-released…

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