Shivering Timbers w/ Sarah Larsen
Twang Tuesdays feature the best in bluegrass, folk, Americana, roots & Appalachian music.
August 26, 2014 · 7:00pm
Shivering Timbers is Sarah Benn, Jayson Benn, joined by Daniel Kshywonis, musicians who call Akron, Ohio home. Our story developed when we — Sarah and Jayson Benn — started singing and crafting songs for our then-infant daughter. As she grew the music began to take shape, and a band was born. Our music was discovered by our friend Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) when we were invited to perform at his birthday party. The 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, we met Brian Olive (Greenhornes, Soledad Brothers, Dr. John), and Sarah sang harmonies on his solo album “Two of Everything”. Soon we were at his Cincinnati studio recording the second album, “Sing Sing”.
More importantly, we have been honing our craft on relentless tour stops with Shovels & Rope, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Chapin Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Carolyn Wonderland, Field Report, Tav Falco, Kopecky Family Band, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Courrier, and so many more; resulting in a live presence that combines Indie Rock energy, Blues/Punk passion, and Country/Gospel reflection.
Raised in a classical background, studying American music history, and floating between old-time and jazz, multi-instrumentalist Sarah Larsen’s playing has been called “stunning” and “fabulous.” (Green Bay Press Gazette, 2010). Known primarily as a side-woman and session player for a long list of players in the Philly scene and beyond, her recent songwriting has been funneled through a new project titled “Ladybird.” The EP titled “Hey There, Ladybird!” has been called “elegant AND raw, with sweetness and strength” (Gene Shay). Sarah plays a five-string German fiddle from 1909, a Gibson J-60 and a Kevin Enoch banjo.