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SnakeShakers @ Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

SnakeShakers @ Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

SnakeShakers @ The Bayou

Rogers, Arkansas, USA

Rogers, Arkansas, USA

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The Oklahoma City-based SnakeShakers Roadhouse Rock 'n Blues Band is set to compete Jan. 31 in the 24th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. Founder, guitarist and vocalist Chris Henson, bassist Jeremy Burgin and drummer Lex Keim will compete with more than 100 other acts to find the "best unsigned blues band in the world.” The competitions will be held at various venues on Beale Street.

"The IBC is the most exciting event in blues,” Henson said. "You get to walk down Beale Street and hear all types of blues coming out of the doorways, windows of the historic clubs along the street. You know that's where greats like Susan Tedeschi, Michelle Wilson, John Weston, Watermelon Slim and Slick Ballenger got the break they needed to get into the national spotlight. You hope and pray your name gets added to that list.”

Henson said the band must win the semifinal competition, which will be set up in one of the eight blues bars or clubs that host the contest. Each band is judged by a panel of judges according to specific criteria. Winners from each of the bars will then compete in the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Feb. 2.

Winning the International Blues Challenge would mean taking home more than $20,000 in cash and prizes, as well as media exposure and gigs across the country.

The Oklahoma Blues Foundation is holding a fundraiser Wednesday at Odie's Blues Saloon, NW 10 and Villa, to help pay for the band's travel expenses.

The band won the recent Oklahoma Blues Foundation's regional competition, one of 150 semifinals held around the world on the road to Memphis.

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- The Oklahoman, Fri January 18, 2008

Metro blues trio The SnakeShakers are making their way from Oklahoma City to Memphis, Tenn. to compete against more than 150 unsigned bands and performers on Jan 31, 2008, in one of the largest blues gatherings in the world.
The band was invited to compete in the International Blues Challenge semifinals after winning an Oklahoma Blues Society regional contest on Nov. 11 at The Alley Club, according to band members.
If the SnakeShakers impress a panel of judges and win their semifinal competition, the band will have the chance to take the stage at Memphis' legendary Orpheum Theatre for a final competition on Feb. 2. Contest winners will earn thousands in cash and be shocased during several high-profile performances throughout the country, according to the Blues Foundation's Web site.
Formerly known as Pinkie and the SnakeShakers, the band is now a trio since the departure of the band's longtime front woman. Current members Chris Henson, Jeremy Burgin and Lex Kiem play a more up-tempo rock'n'roll style of blues, and gig regularly at Odie's Blues Saloon.
Henson, the band's lead singer and guitarist, founded the original SnakeShakers lineup more than a decade ago. The group has become a fovorite among blues fans statewide ever since. - Oklahoma Gazette, December 12, 2007

The Oklahoma Blue's Society would like to offer a special congratulations to this years winner of the International Blue's Challenge. The Snakeshakers! They will be representiong OBS in Memphis. We wish the SnakeShakers the best of luck! - Oklahoma Blues Society, Back Beat, December 2007


SnakeShakers (2008)



The Snakeshakers Roadhouse Rock'n Blues Band
has been down the road, faced their devils and come out on the other side baptized in their own version of the Blues.

They have not sold out to cheap imitations of the music they love. Rather, they have embraced its roots, been shaped by it...and shaped it, in turn. Their brand of Blues is a Rock 'n Blues style that resonates with people everywhere and every age.

"What sets us apart from other bands... is that we're not up there to show off our talent or mechanical abilities. We write and play songs to entertain people; Songs that touch their emotions and make them feel alive. "

Each of the SnakeShakers has come to the band by different routes...yet from the same direction: Wherever their music led them.

Chris Henson started playing Guitar at age 10. That's also when he knew he wanted to have his own band. He's studied, listened to and played everthing from blues to country to rock'n roll. Like many artists, he stood at his own crossroads, having to choose between his music and a career in another field after graduating from college with a degree in graphic arts. He stayed true to himself and his music. He's played all over the Midwest in Blues festivals and clubs throughout the region. He founded the SnakeShakers 10 years ago and has been the leading force behind its evolution into the national spotlight.

For Jeremy Burgin, following his music meant playing for the troops in Bosnia and Korea as bass player for the US Army Band. After completing basic training and the Army's School of Music in Va Beach, he played Jazz, Country, Show Bands, Stage Bands and even a gig with Carole King in a USO show that was aired on the Tonight Show. Jeremy , too, had been hooked on music in his early teens when a friend's dad pulled out a guitar and started playing. "I'd never seen a musical instrument. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I still do." Later, Jeremy received a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma to study classical guitar. He fell in love with the SnakeShakers back in 2003 after his military tour, gave them his number...and two years later got a call to audition.

Lex Keim has been playing drums professionally for 40 years, playing his first gig at the age of 11. Since then he has been playing in Blues and Rock-A-Billy bands all over Oklahoma and Texas.

Recently, the SnakeShakers won the 2007 Oklahoma Blues Society Regional Competition for the International Blues Challenge, as part of a worldwide search for the best unsigned blues band.

"Our music has led us to another crossroads in our careers. This is the opportunity we have dreamed about; but whether we win or not, we have already won the best prize ever: We are not just playing Roadhouse Rock'n Blues... we're living it!"