Stable Shakers

Instrumental Quartet

The Stable Shakers are an ever-changing, dynamic instrumental twang jazz group that have no intention on fitting into a cookie cutter genre. Hailing from the Cumberland Valley farmlands of Pennsylvania, the group formed after a serendipitous New Years Eve show at the Birchmere Music Hall, where backstage former The Hello Strangers band-mates guitarist Spencer Pheil and bassist Tommy Hoy met with pedal steel player Dave Hadley (Bumper Jacksons), who currently fills out the instrumental outfit alongside long-time and talented drummer Jim Aguzzi. Together, the four embarked on an instrumental crusade to bring improvisation into genres that had traditional rigidity and are giving them a refreshing new life.

The Stable Shakers have big plans moving forward into the summer of 2018. They announced two complementary full length albums - one with Vocalist Brechyn Chace and one fully instrumental, with both featuring original works from guitarist and song-writer Spencer Pheil. Both are yet to be titled, but will be released later this year.

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[They] call their music cowboy jazz, but that doesn’t fully describe them though these elements are there. They tackle Dave Brubeck, Wes Montgomery and Fats Waller, but there is also a version of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Don Wilson’s Surf Rider and Pat Ballard’s Mister Sandman. Interesting arrangements, tight band, different and familiar at the same time.”
— George Dayton - WTJU Folk Librarian
Dave Hadley (pedal steel) met up with Spencer Pheil (guitar) and Tommy Hoy (bass) and Jim Aguzzi (drums) in late 2015 and began to revitalize the “cowboy jazz” genre. This disc is their first release after nearly two years of practice and performing. Their repertoire includes their own reworking of jazz standards like “Blue Rondo a La Turk” (Dave Brubeck), “Four On Six” (Wes Montgomery) and “Jitterbug Waltz” (Fats Waller) and other oldies like Perez Prado’s pop mambo “Patricia” and the straight pop “Mr. Sandman” and that super oldie, Rossini’s “William Tell Overture”. These are strong players and they are having a gooooood time. Hot licks on some kool tunes!
— ave Rogers - WTJU Jazz critic
Reminiscent of some of my favorite instrumental groups I grew up listening to in the 60s but with a modern influence. Great compositions and arrangements. Some serious and some just fun.
— Kent Heckman - Producer/Owner Red Rocks Recording Studio