“Shook Twins’ performances feel like a glimpse into a long history of musical discovery—their shows can feel like late-night porch sessions, where the songs are so internalized they stream out like a conversation.” – Emilee Booher, Willamette Week
Born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho, Shook Twins are a quirky folk band now hailing from coniferous forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman & Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, djembe and their signature golden egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of a looping machine, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone ,set their sound apart, creating an eclectic and eccentric blend of folk, roots, pop and fun.
Original songs along with harmoniously paired vocals form an enchanting blend while musical elements add complexity and beauty exponentially. Each Shook Twins song tells a story, distinctive, sharp genuine and well – sometimes quirky. Drawing from their life experience, select subjects include, being potters’ daughters, imagined superpowers and a chicken named ‘Rose’ they befriended. Shook Twins also pull out unexpected takes on classic hits, retellings of their friends’ songs, heartfelt ballads and rhythm driven dance numbers.
After releasing their first album You Can Have the Rest, the twin sisters moved to Portland in December of 2009, conceptualizing their 2011 release Window. Both albums were recorded and produced in Santa Cruz, California, at InDigital Studios. Favorable reviews, radio airplay and a busy tour schedule have created an ever growing fan base & kudos from many major musicians. Shook Twins are currently composing their third album, as well as partnering with fellow Portland musician Ben Darwish on his folk Opera, The Clear Blue Pearl.
The Shook Twins have shared the stage with artists including Ryan Adams, Mason Jennings, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Laura Veirs, The FruitBats, Jonatha Brooke, Michelle Shocked, JJ Gray and MoFro, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, TheBoDeans, Elephant Revival, The Head and The Heart and many more.
Eclectic, amusing and whimsical, Shook Twins laid-back and fun stage presence draws the listener in, allowing them to take the audience away on the adventure that is their live show.
“The sisters voices blend and braid with amazing clarity and depth, their guitars percolate brightly, and the intensity builds to incendiary proportions with layers of percussion gradually added to the mix.” - Spokesman Review
Performance highlights include:
THEATERS/CLUBS: Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR), Soiled Dove (Denver, CO), Triple Door (Seattle, WA), The Emerson Theater (Bozeman MT), Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR), The Wilma Theater (Missoula MT), The Panida Theater (Sandpoint ID), Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR), Hollywood Theater (Portland OR), Knitting Factory (Spokane WA, Boise ID & Hollywood CA), Alberta Rose Theater (Portland OR), Wonder Ballroom (Portland OR) & Van Duzer Theater (Arcata CA).
FESTIVALS: Festival highlights include the Oregon Country Fair (OR), Mateel Summer Arts (CA), Festival At Sandpoint (ID), Sisters Folk Fest (OR), Northwest String Summit (OR), Roseberry Music Festival (ID), Sawtooth Music Festival (ID) & Campout For the Cause (CO), Independent Music World Series (CA) & Love your Mother Fest (MT).
RADIO STATIONS: 90.3 KNBA (Anchorage, AK), 88.7 KRZA (Alamosa, CO), 89.5 KSKQ (Ashland, OR), 89.7 KLCC (Eugene, OR), 90.7 KSER (Everett, WA), 90.1 KZMU (Moab, UT), 91.7 KOTO (Telluride, CO), 91.9 KRVM (Eugene, OR), 88.1 KAFM (Grand Junction, CO), 88.1 KDNK (Carbondale, CO), 91.9 KDUR (Durango, CO), 90.5 KHSU (Arcata, CA), 88.9 KPOV (Bend, OR), 91.3 KBCS (Seattle, WA), 88.3 KMUD (Redway, CA), 107.3 KOWS (Occidental, CA), 89.3 KOAS (Olympia, WA), 88.5 KRFY (Olympia, WA), 88.5 KRFY (Sandpoint, ID), 91.5 KKUP (Santa Clara, CA), 95.3 KPND (Inland, Northwest), 103.1 KCDA (Inland, Northwest), 92.3 KYRS (Spokane, WA), 88.7 UWRF (River Falls, WI), 91.9 KBCW (Park City, UT), 89.3 KUOI (Moscow, ID), 91.7 KAXE (Centerstage, MN), 104.7 KHUM (Humbolt County, CA), KBOO 90.7 (Portland, OR), 107.1 KZME (Portland, OR)
TV STATIONS: KUID News (Moscow ID) KXLY News (Inland Northwest) KSPS (Public TV- Northwest Profiles). TVCTV (Portland, OR)
“Their songs are witty and well-built, the performances poised, the production adventurous. Recently transplanted to Portland, Shook Twins are the most exciting local folk act I’ve heard in ages. Strike that word “local” and the sentiment still stands. ”
- Jeff Rosenberg, Willamette Week