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Shivering Timbers / Bio

Shivering Timbers’ story developed when married couple Sarah and Jayson Benn started singing and crafting songs for their infant daughter; as she grew the music began to take shape, and a band was born. They were discovered by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach when they were invited to play at his birthday party. Their first album was subsequently recorded at Auerbach's Akron studio, a collection of home-spun dark folk songs and fractured fairy tales called “We All Started in the Same Place”.

One year later, Shivering Timbers met Brian Olive (Greenhornes, Dr. John), and Sarah sang harmonies on his solo album "Two of Everything". Soon the band was at his Cincinnati studio recording their second album, "Sing Sing” -- a much more accomplished, complex, and mature effort.

More importantly, Shivering Timbers has been honing their considerable craft on relentless tour stops with Shovels & Rope, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Chapin Sisters, Carolyn Wonderland, Tav Falco, Tristen, David Wax Museum, He's My Brother She's My Sister, and so many more; resulting in a live presence that combines Indie Rock energy, Blues/Punk passion, and Country/Gospel reflection.

Sarah is a captivating singer -- part P.J. Harvey, part Patsy Cline -- a long, lean presence, her voice delivers each emotion in its full glory. The nuanced howl of Jayson's guitar work is the perfect mate to her sultry vocals, yet stands majestically on its own. Live performances are heightened by the percussive mastery of Daniel Kshywonis on drums, and on occasion 5-year-old Suzi Benn on toy piano/tambourine.

What's more difficult to describe is the mood they create, which can, at times, entrance and haunt the audience, while in the next breath, invite them into a whimsical, foot-stomping play land. The couple has a quality not unlike that of Johnny and June at their height -- an obvious chemistry that pulls in the entire audience.

“Utilizing disparate elements like scorching Indie Rock, rough cut Blues, raw Punk, sprightly Pop, tent revival Gospel, and dark Folk, Shivering Timbers has crafted a sound that is both hauntingly appealing and a raucous bitch-slap.” –Cincinnati City Beat

Shivering Timbers' music has appeared on ESPN, short films, live dramatic theater, videos, and commercial spots.

FESTIVALS / PERFORMANCES INCLUDE: SXSW, MidPoint Music Festival, CMJ Music Marathon, TwangFest, Nelsonville Music Festival, Mission Creek Music Festival, Kent State Folk Festival, Musikfest, Independent Music + Art Festival, Whispering Beard Folk Festival, Wildwood Music Festival, Daytrotter, WDVX Blue Plate Special, NPR, etc...

General Info

Band Members
ALWAYS: Sarah - vocals, double bass, banjo; Jayson - electric guitar, backup vocals; SOMETIMES: Dan - drums; Suzi - Toy Piano, Handbells, Tambourine
Artist Name
Shivering Timbers
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Indie / Folk Rock / Americana

Contact Info

Akron, OH
Sarah Benn

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