Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Local Band In Focus 

Shivering Timbers

Meet the Band: Jayson Benn (guitar, banjo, backing vocals), Sarah Benn (vocals, upright bass, banjo), and Brad Thorla (drums, toy piano)

History: The Akron husband-and-wife team started recording songs for and inspired by their newborn daughter in 2007, and it snowballed into a full-blown project. Their debut, We All Started in the Same Place, was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

What They Do: Back-alley folk tunes, back-porch gospel, and Mother Goose murder ballads delivered by what Auerbach calls "a junkyard orchestra"

Who They Sound Like:

PJ Harvey, Iron & Wine, Nick Cave

Gigged With:

The Lisps, Thrift Store Cowboys, the Chapin Sisters

Big Break: Performing at the 30th birthday party of their friend Auerbach. He was inspired to produce their debut at his Akron studio.

Why They Say They Matter: "We've been adding more songs to our repertoire," says Sarah Benn, "shifting our focus to reworking old gospel and folk songs and writing more adult-themed material, while still retaining the playful and dark sound of the songs on We All Started ..."

Why We Say They Matter: The pretension-free Benns show a Lewis Carroll-like knack for balancing the sweet with the sinister, and their partnerships with Auerbach and his lyricist father Chuck could put them on the fast track to wider success.

Where You Can Hear Them:

shiveringtimbersmusic.com

Where You Can See Them: Annabell's (in Akron) on January 21 and the Happy Dog on February 3. Andrew Clayman

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Andrea Bocelli @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

    • Thu., Dec. 2
  • Kellen Erskine @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Dec. 2
  • Louis C.K. @ Agora Theatre

    • Thu., Dec. 2

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation