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Shook Twins bringing back a Thanksgiving tradition

November 18, 2022


By Summer Whuerthner
The Shook Twins will return home to Sandpoint to continue a Thanksgiving tradition interrupted by the pandemic, playing for their Bonners Ferry fans and friends at the Pearl Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, November 25, and they're bringing along special guest John Craigie as well.


The identical twins; Katelyn, vocals and guitar, and Laurie, banjo and vocals, grew up in Sandpoint and began performing in 2007, never with a plan, just becoming the Shook Twins through the process of writing, recording and performing.


“Neither of us remember a time where we planned things out, it all unfolded naturally,” Katelynn said. “We just started to play out and call ourselves Shook Twins, because that’s simply who we are.”


“We never set specific goals either,” adds Laurie. “We talk about our hopes and dreams, but we’ve just let everything grow organically with the band.”


Since their 2008 debut, "You Can Have The Rest," the Shook Twins have conjured up dreamy folk with ghostly traces of Americana tradition uplifted by transcendently hummable melodies and lilting cinematic instrumentation.


And playing hundreds of shows across the nation each year, they return home for Thanksgiving with their family, and share their thanks, when possible, playing for their local fans at both the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry, and at the Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue, Sandpoint.


John Craigie, called “… the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge,” brings a combination of wit, humor, storytelling and song, a perfect complement to the spirited Shook Twins. Together, they seem to work magic and give their audience far more than a mere concert.


By Keith Berson
John Craigie
“For us, music is a way to give back,” Laurie Shook said. “It’s wonderful when our songs help someone through something. At each show, we have an offering to give. It’s our way to hopefully bring joy to people.”


“When we play, it’s a night for everyone to escape,” Katelyn concurs. “We all need that as humans — maybe now more than ever.”


And they love playing the Pearl.


"We really enjoy playing at the Pearl Theater," Katelyn said. "It's such a hidden little gem in Idaho! Our annual show there has consistently sold out and sometimes we say to ourselves when we're out in the big cities and unsure of ticket sales, 'we always have Bonners!' because it's a comforting place to play with a cozy atmosphere and the people are so wonderful to work with and play for!"


"We miss you Bonners Ferry!" Laurie added, "It’s been two years since we got to play the sweet Pearl Theater! Can’t wait to gather again for our hometown Giving Thanks Shows!

We’re so thankful for the support you’ve shown us over the years. Hope to see ya on Friday the 25th with our bestie, John Craigie, opening the show!"


Tickets for the Pearl Theater concert are $25, available online at www.thehistoricpearltheater.org  Doors and the Pearl Cafe open at 6:30 p.m. To learn more, call (208) 610-2846.


The Shook Twins, with their full band, and John Craigie will play the Panida at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 26. Advance tickets are $25, available here. Tickets the day of the show are $28.

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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