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Shook Twins Release Single feat. Gregory Alan Isakov + New Album Out Feb 15 + Tour Dates

The Portland-based indie folk group Shook Twins have released their song “Figure It Out” via Popmatters. The song appears on their 4th full length album, Some Good Lives, out February 15 via Dutch Records. Listen and share “Figure It Out” here and pre-order Some Good Lives here.

“This song strung itself together gradually. One that doesn’t start with an idea or concept, but unfolds as the lines fall out one at a time. It has a wintery loneliness to it. To me it’s about integrity, and a willingness to let yourself continuously learn, even if it’s learning the same things over and over. We don’t always ‘figure it out’ the first time so we must allow ourselves to ‘Figure it out again some more.” ~ Laurie Shook

Everybody in your life will write his or her own chapter in your story. Take a step back, and you’ll see the influence of your loved ones, mentors, and friends in your decisions. Shook Twins refer to these folks in the title of their fourth album, Some Good Lives. Throughout fourteen tracks, the duo—identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals]—pay homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders.

We realized there was a theme,” Katelyn reveals. “Even though our minds are mostly on the women of today and wanting the matriarchy to rise up, we have several men in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world we live in. So, it’s an album for Some Good Lives that have crossed paths with ours—and to them, we are grateful.”

Laurie agrees, “It’s also an acknowledgment of our thankfulness of the good life that we get to live.”

During 2016, they planted the seeds for what would become Some Good Lives by thinking bigger. The girls intermittently recorded at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. Within this old library building, “which feels full of stories, they tapped into palpable energy like never before, locking into a groove inside of the spacious, reverberant live room. Moreover, the full band—Barra Brown [drums], Sydney Nash [bass], and Niko Slice [guitar, mandolin]—expanded the sonic palette.

“It took us a long time to find the band that we wanted to record these songs with and for the songs to fully mature,” admits Laurie. “Once Barra, Sydney, and Niko joined us, we really started to explore what our music could be. These amazing players helped us realize that we could be more than just ‘folk pop’. We started adding other genres to the word like ‘disco, ‘psychedelic, ‘funk,’ and ‘soul. We really honed in on a new sound.”

Shook Twins on Tour:

2/13 – Garden City, ID – Visual Arts Collective

2/14 – Hailey, ID – The Mint

2/15 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma (w/ The Infamous Stringdusters)

2/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room (w/ The Infamous Stringdusters)

2/20 – Sante Fe, NM – Meow Wolf (w/ The Infamous Stringdusters)

2/22 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen (w/ The Infamous Stringdusters)

2/23-2/24 – Steamboat Springs, CO – WinterWonderGrass

2/25 – eTown Hall (Radio Show) – Boulder, CO

2/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge (w/ Rainbow Girls)

2/28 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Restaurant & Music Club (w/ Rainbow Girls)

3/1 – Morro Bay, CA – The Siren (w/ Rainbow Girls)

3/2 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone

3/3 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre (w/ Rainbow Girls)

3/4 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews

3/29 – Eugene, OR – Hull Center for the Performing Arts (Soreng Theater)

3/30 – Ashland, OR – Historic Ashland Armory

4/6 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

4/11 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

4/12 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo House of Music

4/13 – Vashon, WA – Open Space for Arts and Community

7/18 – 7/21 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit

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