The Whiskey Shivers are returning to Middlesboro on Wednesday evening to perform a fundraiser concert for the Discover Downtown Middlesboro foundation.
Their sound, described as “trashgrass,” a “folk tornado” and “traditional country with a bit of Appalachian mountain music executed on punk-rock jet fuel,” has caught fire in the band’s home base of Austin, Texas and won them a solid following across the U.S. They play approximately 300 dates per year traveling coast-to-coast and decided to make Middlesboro a mid-week stop to kick off their next tour.
Dr. Maria Hortillosa has a lot to do with that. Her son, Jeff grew up and attended school in Middlesboro. He is the Whiskey Shivers guitarist and a founding member of the group. His ‘buzz-saw’ guitar-playing style is one of the band’s signature features. Hortillosa writes some of the bands songs as well and his ‘Middlesboro’ was featured as the Song of the Day on Austin’s iconic radio station KUT recently.
A recent review stated, “Whiskey Shivers combines traditional bluegrass fiddling and banjo playing with an athletic and percussive rockabilly bass and hot-paced guitar with a few rollicking hoops for good measure. The result: A toe-tapping freight train that doesn’t stop until the bow strings have frayed and everyone has broken a good sweat!”
The Whiskey Shivers are set to perform at Middlesboro’s newly constructed downtown stage at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Discover Downtown Middlesboro foundation invites everyone to come an hour early for a burger and brat cookout.