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The Shakers


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Ethereal, evocative/eclectic alternative pop/rock

Status:

Band is no longer recording. Last release Songs From Beneath The Lake (1990)

See also:

The Shakers SoundCloud page

Lead singer, Rebecca Stout's hip hop/rap project, Baby Stout; other side projects were Cumberland Rose, circa 1993, and Rebecca Stout and the Circus Inebrius (late 1990s)

Comparisons:

Folk-tinged Kate Bush? Less experimental Sandra Lockwood? (Neile)

Covers/own material:

Own, some covers

General comments:

The Shakers were the epitome of an "Ectopop" band. A lot of good pop, a little bit of interesting rock, healthy dashes of cool weirdness, a sense of humor, a good female vocalist. (vickie@enteract.com)

Recommended first album:

Songs From Beneath The Lake

Recordings:


Living In The Shadow Of A Spirit EP

Release info:

1988—Carlyle Records—CR-44881 (lp and cassette only)

Availability:

Unknown

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Robert Logue—mandolin
Oscar Rice—acoustic guitar
Rebecca Stout—vocals

Guest artists:

The Reverend Tramp—fiddle

Produced by:

The Shakers

Comments:

An album as powerful and haunting as its subject, the Bell Witch of Adams, Tennessee. Apparently this project was what got the band together. It's a dreamy, evocative portrait of a time and place and events in contemporary terms but still not inappropriate-feeling for an historical subject. Good listening, but not as essential as Songs From Beneath The Lake. (Neile)

Songs From Beneath The Lake

Release info:

1990—Carlyle Records—CR 9190-2

Availability:

Hard to find, but still out there

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Robert Logue—mandolin, percussion
Oscar Rice—acoustic guitar, percussion
Rebecca Stout—vocals

Guest artists:

Tramp—fiddola
Dave Willie—backing vocals

Produced by:

The Shakers

Comments:

Wow is this great. Folky, ecto-y, Rebecca Stout sometimes sounds like a folky Kate Bush—that kind of drama and magic. Love their cover of Led Zepplin's "The Rain Song". Great guitar and mandolin, which reminds me of John Renbourn. It's a delightful disc that I have played a lot over the years. (Neile)

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