Cali Shaw Band

Cali Shaw Band

 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
BandFolkRock

New Mexico based folk-rock americana artist Cali Shaw is a rising talent in the southwest music scene and beyond. He performs regularly as solo, duo or up to a seven-piece festival-ready ensemble.

Cali Shaw Band instrumentation includes : Acoustic Guitars, Charango, Banjo, Vibraphones, Upright Bass, Fiddle, Steel Slide Guitar, Female Backing Vocals and more to make award winning folk-rock music.

Biography

Cali Shaw is fast becoming one of the most celebrated songwriters and performers across the Southwest. Working with some of the most talented and diverse musicians in the region, he’s consistently pushed the americana-folk-rock envelope beyond its traditional realms.

Cali Shaw is available as a solo act, duo and as the Cali Shaw Band.

Cali Shaw Duo:  Performing as a duo, Cali Shaw incorporates his vintage Gibson guitars, banjo, charango, smart and catchy lyrics; and the talents of Nick Baker on vibraphones, accordion and percussion. The duo is great for small and intimate settings such as house concerts and art performance spaces; but also make appearances at festivals and larger venues upon request.

Cali Shaw Band:  This fun upbeat folk-rock band is great for larger music venues and festivals.  The band starts as a four piece group (guitar/banjo/charango, upright bass, drums, vibraphones ) and can be built up to a  seven-piece festival-ready ensemble; which can include Fiddle, Steel Slide Guitar, Horns, and Meredith Wilder on vocals and more.

Whether solo, duo or accompanied by a full band, Cali Shaw’s dynamic and original performances captivate and embrace people of all generations and is consistently regarded as a favorite act to watch at art performance spaces, music clubs, breweries, house concerts and festivals. 

Visit the music and video page for music samples and a look at the different types of lineups offered. 

For more information, visit www.calishaw.com or contact:

calishawmusic@gmail.com


Lyrics

Whale Bones and Toes

Written By: Cali Shaw

WHALE BONES AND TOES

People live in darkness with ghosts and their gods
are careful not to show all their cards
when the boats came to light and the fire lantern glows
reflections in the dark black waters

Old radios not quite tuned in
whale bones and toes that know just where we’ve been
all these little crimes that seemed to begin
even though nothing, nothing can’t last forever.

nothing lasts for forever

Suntans and suits was the last thing that we saw
spit the blood when you hit me across the jaw
why do we hold on when love is gone
your reflections in the dark black waters

Old radios not quite tuned in
whale bones and toes that know just where we’ve been
all these little crimes seem to begin
even though nothing, nothing can’t last forever.

nothing lasts for forever

Winter Bloom

Written By: Cali Shaw

Winter Bloom

Mid late December,
I can vaguely remember
The light in your eyes
These two boats collide
Around that good table,
We were smoking and drinking,
Well the night was still young,
Can’t we stay till the morning could,
Shine in our eyes, we would rise to the sky
like those red hot balloons,
Sangria Saloons
Winter Bloom

Two weeks till winter
and your small, star-shaped flowers
sweet smelling paper-whites
like magic dark branches
you sing for the forest
and those four lives before us
The thirst in their mouths
were like dark thunder clouds
in the back of your mind
and we thought you had time
but the day draws to soon
Sangria Saloons
Winter Bloom

You don’t fall far from the fire
This painted memory of spring and dreams of summertime.
warm bursts of colors and snowbirds crawl up the vines
darkness, warmth and light

Colors

Written By: Cali Shaw

Colors

I love all the colors that you got
Yellow, green, and purple polka-dot
Kissed you on the grass in the summertime
I do adore you as a daffodil
Yellow sunset’s down in Castroville
Kid’s gonna do just what they please

So I came back home again
No I am not famous, but who cares about that anyway,
So sign, on the dotted line
Let’s all agree, to disagree, bout what we want to be

I love all the colors that you got
Yellow peacock feathered astronaut
Rock the dance floor till the morning comes
you brush the morning light from your eye
Hot balloons maroon colored sky
Wonder how you ever got here with me.

I love all the colors that you got
Yellow, green, and purple polka-dot
Kissed you on the grass in the summertime
I kissed you good night your my tortoise shell
Wake up sun-bright, Oh my what the hell
Kid’s gonna do just what they please

I love all the colors that you got
Yellow, green, and purple polka-dot
Kissed you on the grass in the summertime
I do adore you as a daffodil
Yellow sunset’s down in Castroville
Kid’s gonna do just what they please

Gunslinger

Written By: Cali Shaw

Gunslinger

I am a gun-slinging man

born to this world,
your feet were were cold
your head was swoll,
they must have know

grown to a man
ghost- like features
and the leader of a shoot-em-up gang

his eyes could pass right through you
all the way to the other side
his eyes would pass right through you
galaxies collide

I am a gun-slinging man

Dust on the road
country highway
the day had been a dreary one at best

Come to arrest my thoughts
and to drive that train
he must have been a wicked man

Because I am just another
lonely gunslinger
this finger came to shoot you down

You grieve for what you think you lost
So hold a mirror up to where you’re bravely standing
I could see your wings gently flapping in the wind
as the clouds came gently crashing in
sort through all the used clothes bins
all the uniforms of men I could have been.

I am a gun-slinging man

Discography

"Under The Olive Tree" (2015, Olive Tree Records) - Cali Shaw Band

*"Winter Bloom" (2012, Penguino Records) - Cali Shaw Band

Cali Shaw music video "Santa Robada" winner for Best Video, Best Song, Best Lyrics, and Best Editing 2012 ABQ 48hour music video competition

Video for the song "Colors", won awards for "Best Song", Best music video concept", and "Audience Favorite" at the 2011 48hour film fest in Albuquerque NM

*"Felonious Groove Foundation presents Fantastic Planet" (2009, Penguino Records) - Felonious Groove Foundation

*"Paper Tiger" (2005, Penguino Records) - Felonious Groove Foundation:
(12 Awards nominations, Winner for "Best Musical Production in Folk/Americana" for "I Miss My Girl and finalist 2005's John Lennon Songwriting Competition for "Porcelana.")

*"Sixth Dynasty" (Penguino Records, 2003) Felonious Groove Foundation: (Winner 2004, NMMIA music award: Best Production in Hip-Hop for "C-Spot." Top Ten Playlist CMJ music magazine, 2003 on CMJ affiliate KUNM 89.9 and KTAO 101.9)

*"Brand Name Funk" (Penguino Records, 2000) Felonious Groove Foundation.

Set List

Cali Shaw is available as a solo act up to a 7 piece band, and can accommodated performances from an intimate house concert to a full fledged festival.

Up to 3 hours of original music plus some audience favorite covers that include:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow -Traditional
You Are My Sunshine -Traditional
Handsome Molly  -Traditional
Rollin in my Sweet Baby's Arms -Traditional
Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan
Wagon Wheel - Bob Dylan
Famous Blue Raincoat - Leanord Cohen
Blackbird - The Beatles
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Fixing a Hole - The Beatles
I Will - The Beatles
House of the Rising Sun - Traditional
50 Ways - Paul Simon