The Black Shades

The Black Shades

 Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA

Combining danceable grooves with old school rock licks and wailing guitar solos, the Black Shades create their own sound, which lands them smack dab between the White Stripes and Bowie, with a dash of the Cure. Driving rhythms collide with rockabilly licks, and just when you think you've got them pegged, they hit you with a hook that'll be stuck inside your head long after the last note has faded.


Having charted at 300+ college stations in the US and Canada INDEPENDENTLY on the CMJ Top 200 and playing 200+ live shows in both 2010 and 2011, The Black Shades are up and coming indie radio darlings that have an accessible garage-pop sound and the ambitious live show to match. You want them, they want you and they have no intentions of letting up in 2012.

The Black Shades have made notable festival appearances alongside headlining acts Daniel Johnston & Cage The Elephant (Starry Nights Festival), The Walkmen (Las Vegas' Neon Reverb Festival) and Diplo (Close the Edge Festival), 3 consecutive showcase nights during SXSW in Austin, CMJ, Halifax Pop Explosion, Midpoint Music Festival and Launch Music Festival.

College and independent radio have been very receptive to "Told Ya So", the current release, and the exposure for this band has been magnified with a rigorous radio campaign that has landed them on CMJ’s top 200 for 10+ weeks, for the second time.

Recently, The Black Shades signed 12 television licenses in addition to their radio/live exposure and expect to have music appear on huge-viewership shows like MTV's The Real World, E!'s Keeping up with the Kardashians, and FOX Sports in the fall.


Current Release: Told Ya So

This release has been distributed to 300+ college radio stations across the United States as of March 2012 and is available for digital download, as well.

This release stayed on the CMJ charts for over 10 weeks.
Other Releases:

We are the Black Shades (CMJ top 200 album)
"The Hot Rod Root" Single
Starry Nights Sampler CD/EP
"You Are My Spider" single
"Little Luv" single

Our single "The Hot Rod Root" is used in local television commercials and we have been featured on local radio stations across Kentucky and Tennessee. Additionally, as mentioned in the bio, The Black Shades have recently signed 12 television licenses and expect their music to appear in a variety of large-viewership shows on major network like MTV, E, VH1, and Fox.

Set List

Tuff Luv
Gimmie Action
Told Ya So
I've Got You
Bread n' Butter
Into The Dark My Love
Pieces and Parts