Effortless, emotional, wonderful. Who are we describing? Shakey Graves; Austin's absolute Americana artist, or Pocket Full of Crumbs AKA Mark Paiz; the man from Murrieta, CA, who may just well have turned a very good Shakey tune into a great one? In truth, both...
Pocket Full Of Crumbs is an intriguing proposition. We discovered it flicking through Bandcamp and stumbling upon the album Vocal Notes, a rough draft selection of Paiz's songs. What's so special about that, you might ask? That's not worth plastering on a webpage. But it is, for one listen to a track like All Week - even in this rough format - shows the promise of a man on Shakey's level.
So we thought, let's test him and boy has he delivered (both in choosing the song we wanted him to choose/making a wonderful cover). Here were all his choices followed by a few reasons why he did so. Thank you Shakey, and thank you Pocket Full of Crumbs...
I chose to cover The Donor Blues because I felt like I was able to play around with the sound more. I really love simple songs and from what I've heard from listening to the original version, Shakey Graves only recorded with an acoustic guitar and his voice. That's usually how I record most of my songs before I even start thinking about playing around with them, so in a way this song felt like it was already along the lines of my thought process.
I'd never heard of Shakey Graves until i was given the choice. The way he sang this song was a completely different route to what I would've taken. I don't think I've ever covered anything with a folk tone so it was nice and refreshing to step out of my comfort zone. I wanted to cover it with my own twist and the way I would've gone at the song if it was me writing it. I'm pretty stoked on how it came out!