Electric Shepherd…

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The “Warrior Music” Of Electric Shepherd To Get Road-Tested 

Electric Shepherd New Green Pic   

 Band Embarks On First U.S. Tour; Launch Party@SF’s Make Out Room 8/14   

<<NYC, Cleveland, Chicago, Portland Among U.S. Cities To Get “Shepherd-ized”>>  

 Warrior music…driving and strong…last two tracks, which happen to total over twenty minutes combined, are worth digging into and are where Electric Shepherd shines.                                                    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE  

Spacy surfy San Francisco trio is very much an ensemble project…heavy guitar effects rule the day…”Chem Trails” has an absorbing vocal melody….we like the direction the band is going.                                     MUSIC CONNECTION  

       (San Francisco) After their recent triumphant appearance at the storied Haight Ashbury Street Fair, Electric Shepherd, the San Francisco, Calif-based progressive-aggressive psychedelic rock group whose sound was described as “warrior music” by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Tony DuShane, take to the road for a 20-city U.S. tour (see Itinerary below for complete show dates).  

       Their tour kicks off with a “Launch Party” at the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, Sunday, August 14. 7:30 p.m. $8. Info: (415) 647-2886 or www.makeoutroom.com.  Also performing: Starfish In the Clouds and Shareef Ali.  

       Electric Shepherd (Mark Nelsen, guitars-vocals; Tommy Anderson, bass; Sonny Pearce, drums), San Francisco born and bred, seamlessly blend the best elements of psychedelic, blues, and trance, in addition to a hearty dose of indie-rock. The group sports a very cerebral, jam-based musicianship. Found in their songs are intimate journeys of vast color and warmth with the occasional haunting pit stop. Along with bands such as Sleepy Sun, Wooden Shjips, The Gris Gris, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Ty Segall, Electric Shepherd are at the fore of this re-born, distinctly San Francisco sound.

     Some of the most memorable rock music ever came out of the much-loved psychedelic rock era of the ’60’s, circa San Francisco; bands such as the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service,  Hot Tuna, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Jefferson Airplane, and others mesmerized the music world with their melodic, hypnotic brand of what would later become known as ‘Trance-Rock.” Indeed, their music is still as popular today as it was some four decades ago – if not more so.  

Electric Shepherd Smaller Band Pic 

         Electric Shepherd. have strong elements of the Doors,  Blue Cheer, Cream, and Pink Floyd in their sound, heard to fine effect on such future classics as “ChemTrails”  (which clocks in at 7:40), “Mildred Harris” (6:53), “Down the River” (6:09) and “The Misled Herd” (10:48). The music of Electric Shepherd is like a fine wine – made to be ingested slowly, not rushed, that grows on you more with each listen.   

        “Very authentic both in sound and style…8 (out of 10!),” muses English rock publication Metalliville. Rockwired Radio writes, “harboring an array of unique aesthetics painted into the jowels of modern confusion, Electric Shepherd masks the gaps between old and new, forgotten and undiscovered, with the hopes of destroying past lives and diverging from new ones; a forcible means to an end.” CASHBOX concurs: “The vibes on this CD will make your freak flag fly and then some…I can tell you this… If Jim Morrison were alive, I’m sure he would approve.”

          Electric Shepherd was selected an “Amoeba Homegrown Artist of the Month” in January by the influential San Francisco/Berkeley-based record store. The Deli Magazine in San Francisco also chose Electric Shepherd as a “Top 50 Bay Area Psychedelic Rock Act” in their recent poll.  

       Watch a live recent performance by Electric Shepherd at the El Rio in San Francisco here: 

Electric Shepherd Video 


       Herd yourself through vibrant landscapes and forgotten passions with Electric Shepherd’s self-titled debut album (available on I-Tunes).




        Aug. 14 (Sun.)                 MAKE OUT ROOM                  San Francisco, CA

        Aug. 18 (Thur.)                KONG-FM/Interview                 Los Angeles, CA 

        Aug. 18 (Thur.)                THE AIRLINER                         Los Angeles, CA    

        Aug. 22 (Mon.)                ORCHID CHAMBER                Albuquerque, NM

        Aug. 24 (Wed.)               HEADHUNTERS                      Austin, TX

        Aug. 27 (Sat.)                 THE BARN                                Franklin, TN

        Aug. 28 (Sun.)                THE MUSE                                Nashville, TN

        Aug. 30 (Tues.)               THE SPROUT                           Richmond, VA  

Sept. 2 (Fri.)                   THE CHARLESTON                 New York City, NY   

Sept. 5 (Mon.)                CHARLIE’S KITCHEN              Cambridge, MA    

Sept. 7 (Wed.)                MAGIC STICK                           Detroit, MI 

Sept. 9 (Fri.)                   WILBERT’S                                Cleveland, OH

Sept. 10 (Sat.)               REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB          Chicago, IL     

Sept. 12 (Mon.)             BOURBON THEATER              Lincoln, NB    

Sept. 13 (Tues.)             ROCK N’ SOUL CAFE             Boulder, CO 

Sept. 17 (Sat.)               SLABTOWN                               Portland, OR 


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