The Beauvilles

The Beauvilles were a long running, nationally touring independent rock band based out of Ybor City, Florida. Founded by Tampa son Shawn Kyle (who now fronts the band AMFMS) and also featuring Max Norton (who tours with Benjamin Booker), the group was a staple at CMJ and SXSW music festivals. Their college radio hit “Snow” is featured as track 4 on Shimmy Shine

The Briar Hill Band

Track 12, “Goin’ Home Again,” on the Shimmy Shine compilation features The Briar Hill Band who first recorded this song at the legendary Criteria in Miami. Reminds us of Florida’s original roots.

Dean Johanesen

Dean Johanesen‘s “Godspeed” is the first track on Shimmy Shine and it’s just a fact that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Here, Rebekah Pulley chimes in on vocals. Dean, one of the hardest working journeyman musicians in the area, is constantly touring, performing, teaching, and gaining new fans in every town. Catch him near you soon.

Ed Wortil

Best known for his work with St. Petersburg art-pop band The Ditchflowers, Ed Woltil has racked up awards like First Prize in the 2000 USA Songwriting Competition (Gospel) and Runner-Up in the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Competition (Folk). On their Shimmy Shine featured track 7, entitled “Love, the Conqueror,” the Ditchflowers are joined by a very special drummer: Ken Coomer (of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco). Rumor has it that Ken heard the demo and wanted to join in. 

Greg Poulos with Shawn Brown

Track 11 on Shimmy Shine is “When the Tears Finally Come.” Master guitarist Greg Poulos is working in Sarasota and Manatee, most often with Kettle of Fish. And the superstar Shawn Brown is still coating audiences with his voice of liquid chocolate. The combination of Greg’s guitar and Shawn’s voice puts this track on a Favorite list after just one listen

Gumbi Ortiz Latino Projekt

Shimmy Shine track 16, from BAAMO’s inagural Tales of Drink & Debauchery, is “Timba Timbero,” an infectious example of conga mastery from Gumbi Ortiz’s Latino Projekt, which has since evolved into the band New Groove City. For the past 20 years, Gumbi has traveled the world with superstar guitarist Al DiMeola’s band, adding masterful percussion and collaborating with the team of world class musicians DiMeola collects. Between tours, he comes home to Saint Petersburg.

Have Gun Will Travel

Have Gun Will Travel, a band so busy with national touring that we’re thrilled when they play a local show these days. Their latest album, Science from an Easy Chair is being called “a root-rock opus…HGWT’s crowning masterpiece” (Bucket Full Of Nails) and “a solid record from start to finish loaded with songs that will stand up over time” (No Depression). HGWT’s “Land of the Living,” is track 2 on Shimmy Shine

Johnny Zoom Cheerlead Squad

Now working as Johnny Zoom, track 5 on Shimmy Shine, “Eleven Minute Itch”  was featured on BAAMO’s inaugural compilation. We think it masters the test of time. We also think Johnny is as cute and hot as they come, all the more as a devoted husband.

The Mojo Gurus

Tampa Bay’s favorite rockers, the Mojo Gurus, already have a fan base that stretches from coast to coast thanks to years of touring and producing album after album of hard driving rock and roll, acclaimed by fans and critics alike. As Grammy award winning producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, NY Dolls) says, “The Mojo Gurus write and play real deal American rock ‘n’ roll, all the fun and adventure included.” Fans are eagerly awaiting their next release. Check out track 15 on Shimmy Shine, “White Line Fever,” for a taste.

Rebekah Pulley

Bay area perpetual favorite Rebekah Pulley mixes sly humor in this tender and otherwise sad tale from her critically acclaimed release, TraLaLa. We’re still waiting for the rest of America to discover Rebekah Pulley and we will laugh, hard, when she is called an overnight sensation. She’s been working every night for a decade honing her craft. Track 8 on Shimmy Shine features Pulley’s “Hard Times.”

Renee Giaccone

In 2015, the City of St. Petersburg issued a challenge to its musicians: reinterpret Jimmie Davis’ classic “You are my Sunshine” to speak to a new generation. We love the spooky, dark take of this one by newcomer Renee Giaccone and hope there is more in store. Rumor has it she’s working on a 2016 release. Until then, this performance will tide us over, track 10 on Shimmy Shine.

Rich Whiteley

Rich Whiteley is a mainstay in Tampa Bay, working as hard as is decent and satisfying fans with the familiar and the new. Check out Rich in Uncle John’s Band most Thursdays at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa and look for a new release from him in the near future. Ruch’s Sunny Delight” is track 3 on Shimmy Shine.

Ricky Wilcox

Track 14 on Shimmy Shine is “Drive On” by Ricky Wilcox. Ricky was better known in Tampa Bay for his previous band Deloris Telescope when this song was released. He put out three original solo albums after he started his own project, Ricky Wilcox and The Moonsnakes, and currently plays over 200 live shows a year either solo, with his acoustic duo/trio Little Kings, original band The Moonsnakes, or as drummer with power loungers The Vodkanauts.

Ronny Elliott

Ronny Elliott is one Tampa Bay’s best-known singer-songwriters. He’s played all around Europe, toured with Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, played bills with Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Wilco, Pete Seeger, the Allman Brothers and too many more to remember or mention. He’s as much at home at Lincoln Center for the Roots Of American Music Series as he is on the tiny stage in Austin for South By Southwest, or the Belladrum Festival in Scotland, or a dive bar in Tampa. His Shimmy Shine Track 13, “Lust Never Sleeps,” finds him in rare form. 

Ted Lukas

Featured on Shimmy Shine Track 6: “Hearts Like Mine.” Ted Lukas has been a Tampa Bay favorite since the late 1990s, playing with Barely Pink and forming the breakout Americana band Hangtown, then working solo and starting a new band, The Misled in 2010. He’s working on a new release that should come out in late 2016 or early 2017. His is a live show not to be missed.

Will Quinlan

Track 9 on Shimmy Shine,Cuyahoga River Blues,” is a song Will plays live to raves. Here, Will Quinlan shares this silky story. “Will Quinlan turns raw emotion into rock poetry . . . real life always sounds better with loud guitars” (Tampa Tribune).