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Music is supposed to be fun, exciting, thought provoking and daring. On every live performance, The Shams Band makes sure that their audience leaves each concert with a personal feeling of satisfaction. Drawing from their Wilco, Rolling Stones, Kinks, and Muddy Waters influences, singer/songwriters Biggins/Gulyas create distinct, personal songs. Once united with the full group, the songs come to life, tell stories, and send audiences singing all the way home.

The Shams Band features music trapezing the line between blues, country, and pop music. They have opened for national acts Drive-By Truckers, Dawes, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.

The Shams Band is the epitome of a “do-it-yourself” group. They get every audience excited and dancing from their catchy hooks and rock ‘n roll atmosphere. It’s whiskey-driven. It’s a party. It’s rock ‘n roll with a banjo.

“Opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros… was really nothing more than a catalyst of public recognition for one of the best musical acts currently based in Chicago” – [Lost In Concert]

“Mix things up with this Chicago band’s sweet blend of bluegrass, Americana and little bit of country that will probably get your toe a-tapping, much to your surprise. Any true Midwesterner will appreciate the group’s unpretentious, slight drawl, and talk of drinkin’ beer on the cheap and loves lost.” [5 Bands To See at Do-Divison Street Fest]

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Band Members:
Donnie Biggins: Acoustic Guitar | Lead Vocals
Paul Gulyas: Electric Guitar | Lead Vocals
Doug Hill: Drums | Handsome
Brian Patterson: Bass Guitar | Vocals
Ben White: Banjo | Percussion | Vocals

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  The Shams Band – Cold City (LP 2012) Pre-Order CD/Vinyl

  The Shams Band – Champagne (LP 2010) Purchase on iTunes

  The Shams Band – EP (2009)
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“Opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros… was really nothing more than a catalyst of public recognition for one of the best musical acts currently based in Chicago” - [Lost In Concert]

“The Shams’ debut Champagne touches on all things vintage Americana, with hints of rockabilly, garage, & a little bluegrass that should have NPR listeners salivating.” - [They Are Imitators]

“Mix things up with this Chicago band’s sweet blend of bluegrass, Americana and little bit of country that will probably get your toe a-tapping, much to your surprise. Any true Midwesterner will appreciate the group’s unpretentious, slight drawl, and talk of drinkin’ beer on the cheap and loves lost.”  - Jessica Galliart [RedEye - 5 Bands To See at Do-Divison Street Fest]

“This Chicago outfit doesn’t live exclusively in the folk world: Rock, country and blues make more than minor appearances on their soulful grooves and infectious foot-stompers, which are at their best when letting a banjo (not a guitar) drive them toward a community gathering in a barn, not an ordinary night at the local bar.”. -Matt Pais [Chicago Metromix]

“The Shams Band have been using their talents to woo the hearts of one and all with their garage-band-from-Georgia combination of indie-folk and no frills rock n’ roll.” - Sam Gordon  [Reviewsic]

“The Shams Band stepped up and supplied this year’s breakout performance at the 2009 Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival. The Shams Band features three songwriters trapezing the line between blues, country, and folk music. Their energy, passion, and damn-good songwriting captured the crowd’s attention, set feet dancing, and triggered more than one sing-along.” -Matt David [Chicago Examiner]

“The Shams Band scene was reminiscent of a southern dance hall upturned by bad-boy rockers. If it weren’t for their mid-western look, a body almost forgot she was in Chicago. With tinges of Wilco, Chuck Berry, and Sly and the Family Stone wrapped up in a rootsy twang package the energy of The Shams Band is contagious.” -Erin Keane [Via Chicago]

“The Shams Band throws a great party. The tone of Paul Gulyas’s electric lead really set the pace for a gritty, bluesy set. There were moments to slow down and make use of the three vocalists’ excellent harmony, moments to get rowdy and holler, and moments to shut it down completely with the bittersweet American longing of the track “Des Plaines River.” -Bobby Minelli [Windy City Rock]

“The Shams Band creates something fresh using older sounds but with a youthful, modern twist. In their case, the twist is Americana with a wink… and a drink. Their first full length album Champagne showcases winks, drinks, and the great energy of their live show.” -Matt Hart [Mid By Northwest]

“The Shams Band may be swingers of sound, but they are also what real music used to be: a good group of friends coming together, having fun, and enjoying what they can do with a guitar, a banjo, a set of drums, a bass and a whole lotta heart.”-Joanna Pelletier [Lumino Magazine]

“In an already flooded valley of self-labeled folk-rock outfits, The Shams Band is the dirt—the levy that stays true to form against a flood of watered down acts.” -Matt Carmichael [Logan Square Dispatch]

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