The Shady Rest Band

The Shady Rest Band

 Austin, Texas, USA

A foot stomping barroom skiffle grass sound from Austin, Texas. The Shady Rest Band has become well known for their incredibly tight live sets and unmistakable stage presence. Their infectious energy and eclectic catalog of original songs have been captured on their new album !MERICA...


With residencies at some of the most well known music venues in Texas and the success of their self released EP "Shirts are Bad Luck" in 2011 they gained notoriety as one the best live shows around. The Shady Rest Band is the musical playground for songwriters Benjamin Blair (Guitar), Jaz Lee Short (Upright Bass), and Nate Guthrie (Mandolin), with the help of CK Dangerbird (Washboard, Harmonica). Following the release of their highly anticipated full length album !MERICA... they have quickly become busier than ever and plan to record a follow up album shortly after their 2012 spring tour. With shows in Austin leading up to this years SXSW festival and a full slate of shows during the festival the band will be hitting the road with shows in late March and early April in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.


Shirts are Bad Luck ( EP released 4/11)
'Merica (full length album 11/11)
Music streaming on Reverb Radio on

Set List

We regularly play gigs ranging between 1 and 4 hours. Our setlists and 90% original material, with a catalog of 50 original songs and a long and eclectic mix of cover tunes spanning all genres.