Shawn James and The Shapeshifters

Out of Fayetteville, Arkansas, these guys embody the meaning of progressive roots music. These guys have a tremendous following in roots scene as well as the metal scene. For fans of The Goddamn Gallows, Black Sabbath, Ozark Mountain Daredevils and real moonshine.





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The Goddamn Gallows

The Goddamn Gallows are the most metal roots act in the game. With the recent re addition of Jayke Orvis on Mandolin, this group of guys know how bring the house down. GDG plays ferocious punk rock twinged metal one traditional instruments. Upright, accordion and washboard accompany rockabilly/surf guitar as the backing mayhem for brutal…


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Hunter Grigg

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Kiel Grove

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