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And the winner for Unlikliest Band Launch goes to Shivering Timbers, which began with the husband-and-wife team of Jayson and Sarah Benn writing and performing songs to entertain their infant daughter.
The Benns wound up playing some of those songs at Dan Auerbach's 30th birthday party, and The Black Keys guitarist ended up producing 2010's We All Started In The Same Place, the couple's debut album as Shivering Timbers.
Through Auerbach, the couple met Brian Olive (Sarah sang harmonies on his last solo album Two of Everything), and he signed on to produce the Timbers' sophomore album Sing Sing, a collection of songs and sounds that distills and intensifies the vibe of the first release.
More importantly, Shivering Timbers has been honing their considerable craft on relentless tour stops with Shovels & Rope, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Chapin Sisters, and so many more, resulting in a live presence that combines Indie Rock energy, Blues/Punk passion, and Country/Gospel reflection.
Shivering Timbers' music has appeared on ESPN, short films, background music for live theater performances, video projects and commercial spots.