Hometown: Kilgore, Texas
Instruments: Guitar, Mandolin
Dream Duet: Bonnie Raitt
An interesting past, a colorful character, a tradition of music in his family, and a bushel full of talent comprise the one and only Shy Blakeman
. The first years of his life were spent watching his father sing in the local country act, Whiskey Fever.
Shy's journey to Nashville began in Wyoming, before stops that led him to California, Texas, New York City and then back to Texas. Musically, Ska and Reggae were what first made Shy dream of becoming an artist.
In 2002, Shy released his first album, "Downtown Women," which also featured special guests Miranda Lambert and Rusty Wier. He hit the road with his father's old band, touring the Southwest and even into Mexico. That is, until December 2, 2003, when Shy was shot in the face during an attempted robbery. The tragedy only spurred Shy on to dedicate himself toward his dream of becoming a star performer.
FUN FACTS ON SHY BLAKEMAN
What celebrity do people say you look like?
I always get told I look like Matthew Lillard who played Shaggy in Scooby Doo. I'd like to think it's because my hair is long.
What's on your playlist?
Sublime, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Allman & Doobie Brothers, Black Crowes, John Fogerty/CCR, Bonnie Raitt, Rusty Wier, Jurassic 5, Reel Big Fish, A Tribe Called Quest.
The craziest or most daring thing I have ever done...
I guess the most daring thing I've ever done was trying to wrestle a gun away from a guy who was trying to rob my friend and me. I ended up getting shot and that wasn't a lot of fun ... but hey, what are you gonna do?
What three things couldn't you live without?
My guitar, my phone, and my New Kids On The Block CD. Just kidding, my Bob Marley "Legends" album. Seriously, just joking about New Kids ... really.
What is the first album that you ever purchased?
What is your favorite video game or board game?
Mike Tyson's Punch Out
What is your astrological sign?
Do you have any pets? If so, what types and what are their names?
6 dogs, 1 Cat. Rebel, Marleigh, Allie, Heidi, Justy, Rhana and Bowser.
Hobbies outside of music?
Dancing, I love to dance. I also like art. Anything creative, really.
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