The Whiskey Shambles

The Whiskey Shambles

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
BandRockBlues

"RL Burnside and Black Sabbath jamming with Nina Simone in a burned out rum shack, using opium for incense."

Winner: 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Award - Best Blues Act
Nominated: 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Award - Best Live Act
Quarterfinalist: 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis
Winner: 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award - Best Blues Act
Winner: 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Challenge
Nominated: 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Award - Best Blues Act

Biography

Hollering tales of murder, betrayal, debauchery, and long, dark Saturday nights of the soul. Stripped raw, bruised, and cracking a bloody, split-lip grin, The Shambles deliver a loud, belligerent style of demonic hill-stomp blues that almost . . . but not quite . . . betrays an air of subtle sophistication lingering just around the edges. "Rough garage rock and dirty basement blues that kicks you right in the gut bucket." Whatever you call it, The Whiskey Shambles sure enough get asses shakin and heads rockin -- and that ain't no half-steppin! This is the hard part, nephew. Whooooo well well.

For the last few years, The Whiskey Shambles have been working their way through the dive bars and juke joints of the Midwest and Rustbelt, with regular trips to more exotic locales. They've moved on to larger venues, festivals, and events, earning many showcase and sub-headliner roles.

The Shambles won the 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Challenge, and represented Northeast Ohio at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The band headlined two showcases at the 2015 Millennium Music Conference near Philadelphia, and were invited to showcase at the 2015 Singer-Songwriter of Cape May conference in southern New Jersey, and the 2015 NXNE conference in Toronto.

In addition to winning the 2016 & 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Blues Act (for which they were also nominated in 2014), they were also nominated for Best Live Act in 2016, as well as CityBeat magazine’s Best of Cincinnati (Best Original Band) in 2016, 2015, & 2014, and several of their song releases have earned critical acclaim.

In 2012 The Whiskey Shambles released the EP, “Live at Mad Frog.” September 2014 saw the release of a second live EP, “Stumbling Toward Beale Street.” Their first LP “Loose Change for a Broken Man” was released in November, shortly thereafter was named #23 on WNKU's Top 89 Albums of 2014, and is getting regular airplay on college and AAA radio stations. The Shambles are already working on their second full-length album, with plans to release it in spring of 2016.

Lyrics

In My Soul, Under My Skin

Written By: Nathan Singer

I don't need to justify what's in my soul
I don’t need to reason why my life's so full

singing right through your lies
I’m swimming deep into your eyes
singing right through your lies
I fall asleep between your thighs

I don't need to justify what's in my soul
I don’t need to reason why
I swallow my life whole

singing right through your lies
I’m swimming deep into your eyes
singing right through your lies
I fall asleep between your thighs

Something in my head said
Burn it down
said burn it down
said burn it all down (2x)
Something in my head said
not again
please not again
no not again
I’m just trying to pretend
there’s no centipedes
crawling under my skin

singing right through your lies
I’m swimming deep into your eyes
singing right through your lies
I fall asleep between your thighs (2x)

Medicine Eyes (part 1)

Written By: Nathan Singer

Walk on down
one dog skull road
Rock it now

Let’s get
ice wet & eyes red
Let’s get
dead set and heads fed
Let’s get, let’s get, let’s get
blown out n’
ripped wide
with medicine eyes (3x full, then . . . )

If I Fail

Written By: Nathan Singer

Do you own your freedom baby (3x)
Or are they on your trail

Do they hold your freedom baby (3x)
Or did you make your bail

I loaned my freedom baby (2x)
I sold my freedom baby
To the man who owns this jail

Imma steal back my freedom baby (3X)
Or let me die if I fail (4x)

Shoot the Lights Out

Written By: Nathan Singer

It's the light that cuts the darkness, dear
It's my home up in the sky
It's the hope that I cling to here
That you and I will meet there by and by

It's just the sound of a distant church bell ring
It's just one small good-bye
So just laugh and drink and dance and sing
And memories will fade, dear, by and by

Oooo, shoot the lights out and say goodnight

It's the dark that wraps around us here
It's the truth that cuts the lie
It's in the nothingness
that waits for all of us, yes
where we will meet again, dear, by and by

Trimmed and Burnin'

Written By: Nathan Singer

Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin' (3x)
See what your god has done

Brother don't get worried (3x)
Cause the work is most done

Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin' (3x)
See what your god has done

Sista don't get worried (3x)
Cause the work is most done

Heaven's journey soon be over
Fire and fury soon be over
Heaven's journey soon be over
See what your god has done

Elder don't get worried (3x)
Cause the work is most done

Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin' (3x)
See what your god has done

And I won't get worried (3x)
Cause the work is most done

Leave Her Alone

Written By: Nathan Singer

My baby’s cryin’
I shouldn’t leave her alone (2x)
Pills on the counter
And there’s blood in the sink
Lipstick on the mirror and poison in my drink

My baby’s cryin’
I shouldn’t leave her alone (2x)
Knives in the drywall and
Glass on the floor
I gotta duck for cover
Bullets tearin’ through the door

My baby’s cryin’
I shouldn’t leave her alone (2x)
Bodies in the basement
Screamin’ in the barn
Morning light is breaking
pigs marchin’ up the lawn

Baby don’t take no midnight creepin’ no more (2x)
Baby don’t take no midnight creepin’
Baby don’t take no midnight creepin’
Baby don’t take no night creepin’ no more

Mother Earth

Written By: Nathan Singer

You may not have me all the time
You may never go my way
Mother earth is laying for you
Cuz there's a debt you got to pay

Don't care how great you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

You may own the race horses
You may own the race track
You may have enough money baby
To buy anything you lack

Don't care how great you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

You may own half the city
Even diamonds and pearls
You may buy a plane baby
Fly all over this world

Don't care how rich you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

Sleep Tight, Evangeline

Written By: Nathan Singer

I live the closest dreams, when I’m lying broken, and done for.
I live the closest dreams, when I’m dying, choking, and dead for . . .

Sleep tight, Evangeline. I’ll see you in my dreams
When I’m lying broken, and done for.
Sleep tight, Evangeline. I’ll be there in your dreams
When I’m dying, choking, and dead for
You

This Whole Side of Town (live)

Written By: Nathan Singer

Alone here.
I’m well-known here.
Among the glass and the stone here. I am home.
Roam here.
To the beat of the chrome here.
Rips meat from the bone here. I am home.

I’m busted and rusted, just out now
Cussed out and maladjusted
The power’s out and dark’s devoured this whole side of town
But my heart’s still blacker than this night
Fuck this world. You ain’t stayin’, right?
Blackchurch, son. We ain’t playin’, right?

You picked a hard time to bleed me, Lucille.

I’ve come to watch the firelight in your eyes flicker fade and die.
I’ve come to watch you fade away and die.

Sweet Little Harbinger of Death

Written By: Nathan Singer

RIDE
I shouldn’t ride alone
By my SIDE
I need a chaperone

Everywhere I go
(you know I gotta)
I gotta watch my step
Cuz you’re a
Sweet little
Sweet little
Sweet little
harbinger of death

Don't Care to See Where I'm Heading

Written By: Nathan Singer

In the bar
Straight Into the Wall
They say pride come right before the fall
But there ain’t nothin’ I’m regretting
I don’t care to see where I’m heading

Crooked eyes
Bright red smile
Fittin’ to lay ‘cross these bricks for a while
But even with all the blood I’m shedding
I don’t care to see where I’m heading

Teeth black
Nose flat
Where she left me is just where I’m at
This ain’t a town I thought I’d be caught dead in
But I don’t care to see where I’m heading

Discography

December 2012 - "ONE LAST BLAST: Live at the Mad Frog" Live EP

September 2014 - "Stumbling Toward Beale Street" Live EP

November 2014 - "Loose Change for a Broken Man" LP

Set List

ORIGINALS:
All I've Ever Known
Cold in My Arms
Don't Care to See (Where I'm Heading)
Goddam River on Fire
If I Fail
I'll Be Free
I'll Steel Your Heart
In My Soul, Under My Skin
Leave Her Alone
Medicine Eyes
Moonshine Goddess
Rotten Bastard Blues
Rusted Pistol
Shoot the Lights Out
Sleep Tight, Evangeline
Steal Your Heart
Sweet Little Harbinger of Death
Thinkin' Evil
This Whole Side of Town

COVERS (occasional):
Baby Please Don't Leave Me - Junior Kimbrough / Buddy Guy
Bottom of the River - Delta Rae
Feelin' Low - (Feeling Good, a la Nina Simone)
In the Pines - Leadbelly
Knoxville Girl - The Louvin Brothers
Red Right Hand - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Shake 'em on Down - R.L. Burnside / Mississippi Fred McDowell
Mother Earth - Memphis Slim
Trimmed and Burning - Blind Willie Johnson
Yesterday Is Here - Tom Waits