Credit: Magen Buse

Credit: Magen Buse
March 2021

Shakey Graves - Roll the Bones X

The Record

Roll The Bones X celebrates 10 years since the release of Roll The Bones. Accompanying the anniversary pressing are 15 additional tracks comprising an Odds + Ends LP, which stands as an essential document of Shakey Graves’ early era. Highlights include deep cuts, such as the first-ever true recording of “Late July,” a version that’s drastically different from the live rendition that’s generated over 14 million views on YouTube.

Shakey Graves is the brainchild of Rose-Garcia who released Roll The Bones on Bandcamp in 2011 without any promotion and little information about Shakey Graves. That year, Bandcamp made it a featured album for a month and from there it has stayed among the website’s top-selling records. Over the past decade the record has gone on to sell well over 100,000 units—despite being offered to fans on Bandcamp for “name your price”—and as a result, Shakey Graves has garnered a massive cult following. “If you discover something for yourself, it will always hold more water because it’s tied to memory and coincidence,” Rose-Garcia says of embracing the direct-to-fan platform. “It gives you a sense of ownership as a listener.”

With Roll The Bones X, Rose-Garcia believes the release of his early output will provide some needed framing for his discography. It’s his genesis story before he had the studio time to make his 2014 Dualtone Records debut full-length And the War Came or the full-band cohesion to create 2018’s Can’t Wake Up. To him, it’s a scrappy effort, but the most intentional work he’s ever produced. A decade later, he wouldn’t change a thing. “It’s a record that sounds like my years of exploration and influence, funneled through my abilities at the time—and it all became something bigger,” he muses.

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Track List:

DISC 1 (Roll The Bones)
1. Unlucky Skin
2. Built To Roam
3. Roll The Bones
4. I’m On Fire
5. Georgia Moon
6. Business Lunch
7. City In A Bottle (Live @ 2023)
8. Proper Fence
9. The Seal Hunter
10. To Cure What Ails

DISC 2 (Odds + Ends)
1. Years Ago (Interlude)
2. Chinatown
3. Oh The Reign
4. The Night (Interlude)
5. Dusty Lion
6. Word Of Mouth (Early Version) [featuring Isaac Gillespie]
7. The Haunted Guitar (Interlude)
8. Late July (Early Version)
9. The Daily All
10. Pansy Waltz (Demo)
11. Lonely Hill (Alt-Version)
12. The Teacher (Interlude)
13. Saving Face (Early Version Of Roll The Bones)
14. Bully’s Lament (featuring Isaac Gillespie & Morgan Heringer)
15. The Shepherd (Interlude)

The Curator

Kelsey Wilson (of Wild Child)

Ali and I had our first residency in a pink sparkly bar in Austin called the Beauty Ballroom. It hasn’t existed in a long time but those monday nights about 11 years ago were  pretty big start for all of us . Alexander and I were playing just as a duo and Ali would play solo with his suitcase. After that we started touring together, starting with our “outside city limits” US Tour with another local band called Marmalakes. 

Since then we have continued touring the country together, and staying up way too late drinking shitty wine and writing songs . He’s one of my closest friends and a true inspiration to all those lucky enough to know him. One of my favorite things is pulling an all-nighter with Ali, sharing demos and then rough mixes and then finally the mastered version of a new record.. talking about which song is the single and what’s going to work where. I’ve learned a lot from bouncing ideas off each-other and butchering live duet versions of each other’s songs that we barely know.  His first record Roll The Bones is probably my favorite , just because i used to play fiddle and sing harmonies with him back in the day. Sometimes his guitar would be tuned in a completely different way than it was when we practiced and he would change the tempo up so many times live that you just had to play follow Ali and try not to look like an asshole. Hah. We have become completely different players and songwriters than we were back in the day but he is still just as special. Seriously one of my favorite people and a true leader in my creative world. Going back and listening to his first record has been truly nostalgic for me as it was the backdrop for some of my first national tours and he was one of the first friends I made making music in Austin. 

I’ve had more late nights and bad acid trips with my brother Ali than I can count. He’s helped me record so many demos, watched way too many Wild Child sets and been a dear friend through a lot of crazy times (including this last week where we were bunked up at my compound with no power or water during a freak blizzard putting out literally fires in the snow).

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