NICK SHOULDERS

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Thursday, September 16 at 7:30pm | The Rail Yard LR

1212 E. 6th St., Little Rock


 

Here to put the “Try” in Country.

Wielding an ethereal croon and masterful whistle crafted from a lifetime chasing lizards through the Ozark hills, Nick Shoulders is a living link to roots of country music with a penchant for the absurd. Combining his family’s deep ties to regional traditional singing with his years of playing to crowded street corners, Nick has sought to forge a hybridized form of raucously clever country music; born of forgotten rocky hollers and bred to confront the tensions of the 21st century South.

As evidenced by his surreal album art and anachronistic songwriting, Nick’s creative output is steeped in the complicated history of his beloved home of rural Arkansas, but crafted as a conscious rebuke of country music’s blind allegiance to historical seats of power and repression. With a kind word and a mean yodel, Nick hopes to put the ‘Try’ in country.

Praise for Nick Shoulders


“Shoulders solo still presents such an incredible range of possibilities from the arsenal of vocal acrobatics at his dispose. Along with one of the cleanest and most confident yodels you’ll ever hear in this time period or any other, his whistling capabilities, his throat trumpet, or when he just compliments a melody within his regular singing range, it’s all a modern marvel of music, drenched in classic American roots influences, with the earnestness of Shoulders coming through it all to make sure this doesn’t come across purely as gimmick.”

— Kyle Trigger, Saving Country Music

“It’s an album dead set on interrogating where Southern pride is sourced from. Now three albums in, Shoulders has hit his stride in writing songs that abolish harmful stereotypes about the South but refuse to let the region’s faults go unchecked.”

— Matt Mitchell, Bandcamp Daily

“In a time when embarrassing inaccuracy is a trend in the Americana genre, Shoulders is a welcome relief, with his ability to properly rectify old country.”

— Danielle Dietze, Anti-Gravity Magazine (New Orleans)


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