Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shivering Timbers

This Band Could Be Your Life: Shivering Timbers
by Brit Charek

Never underestimate the power of parenthood. The birth of their daughter inspired Akron based couple Jayson and Sarah Benn to start making music, and they haven't stopped since.

Getting ready to perform at Rowdy Indie Craft Fair in August of 2011. Photo courtesy of Kalie Boshara.
Shivering Timbers got their start in 2010 by playing their nursery-rhyme inspired folk rock songs at their friend Dan Auerbach (of Black Keys fame)'s 30th birthday party. Impressed with the performance, Auerbach went on to produce the duo's first album, We All Started in the Same Place. The acclaim of which lead the duo into an unexpected career in rock n roll.

Since then, the band has played several shows throughout the Mid West, and even took the time to stop at the Horseshack in Rock Island, Illinois where they recorded a Daytrotter Session to add their share to the studio's extensive but exclusive library.

They are currently working on a new album which is expected to be released this autumn. Brad Thorla joins the duo to play drums, and the band is really excited about having a fuller sound. The husband and wife team will still both sing, with Sarah playing upright bass and Jayson on guitar.

"I love the commitment of Akronites to being Akron-proud," says singer Sarah Benn, who considers Akron to be her home although she didn't grow up here. "People I know here are not willing to give up and let our city dwindle in the bad economy.  Keeping optimistic and being creative are hallmarks of Northeast Ohioans in general."


Shivering Timbers are playing with Diego Garcia, former front man of garage rock band Elefant, at Musica tomorrow, Friday April 13. The show starts at 8pm. You can learn more about the band, find out about shows, and purchase their music by visiting their website or by liking them on Facebook.

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