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The Shifters with Electric Ills at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 20, 2013 | 12 am

The Shifters with Electric Ills perform live at O'Mainnin's Pub on April 20. The Shifters formed in 2010 when the trio rose from the ashes of their former band, genericpeople. The band quickly changed gears from a technical and electronic based new rock band to a gritty, vintage inspired, heavy blues band.

With total creative control, The Shifters began writing and recording their first album. Naturally, it was their collective love of the blues that served as the adhesive for the components of their sound.Calling Bristol, TN their home, Billy Thomas, Emily Faith Dickenson, and Jordon Benjamin Yates make up the trio. Southern roots, as well as an obsession with vintage equipment, stand as evident influences for The Shifters. Between their fearless delivery and a strong hold on unique rawness , the three drive it home with their hard rocking modern blues jams. Dickenson's sultry overdriven bass and Yates' perfectly aggressive drumming lay the foundation for Thomas' bluesy guitars. Thomas and Dickenson share the role of lead vocalist, and Yates' assists with background vocals. This recipe allows The Shifters to deliver their smokey, modern, and classic rock influenced take on the blues

O'Mainnin's Pub, 712 State Street Bristol (downtown) TENNESSEE
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