Shimmy & the Burns Bio


At 30 years old, despite a lifetime of dreaming about being a musician, Brian “Shimmy” Paddock couldn’t carry a tune or strum a single chord on the guitar. Many dark nights were spent pouring his innermost thoughts and heartaches into lyrics for songs he didn’t think would ever actually be played. After his wife discovered this secret exercise, she encouraged him to learn to play and put music to these words.

Seven years, countless hours of refining instrumental/vocal skills and many shows later, Paddock fronts Shimmy & Burns, a group the Knoxville Music Warehouse describes as, “Sporting that kind of rock n’ roll fused with folk perfect for these here parts.” Paddock delivers straightforward and brutally honest lines in a voice that sounds like it’s been stained with cigarette smoke and soaked in cheap whiskey. Drummer Gurnee Barrett leads a tight, driving rhythm section pushing the band’s tunes along while being complemented by the punk infused, understated and passionate lead guitar work of Wesley Harless. Currently, the low end duties are held down by Harless’ brother, Will.

Since forming in late 2014, these “damn fine purveyors of American rock n’ roll”(The Daily Times) have been performing increasingly successful shows, recorded two self-released, critically-acclaimed albums and continue to expand their tour schedule in support of their most recent record, “Letting Go” which No Depression describes as, "songs of almost anthemic proportions". The band has plans to begin recording a third effort in Spring of 2017.

The Shimmy & the Burns experience is best summed up by a recent review of “Letting Go” in which Blank Newspaper says, “you’ll be more than pleased by their live sets. Catch them at one of their upcoming shows and raise a glass to this beautiful mess we call life.”




Press Quotes

"There's a sense of rugged resolve... that's a reflection of the band's ability to transpose even the most pressing circumstance and turn those emotions into songs of almost anthemic proportions."

-Lee Zimmerman Shimmy & the Burns Sage Advice for Troubled Times No Depression 12Feb2017


"With a gruff voice that manages to evoke Dylan without the nasal tones, Paddock comes across as an earnest, genuine frontman, and with the guys plowing through the band’s alt-country repertoire like early Whiskeytown or Slobberbone, the whole thing becomes a shambling, jangling freight train of East Tennessee beauty. There are strains of Neil Young and more contemporary bands like American Aquarium, and the earnestness of the subject matter — Paddock makes no bones about his self-doubt (“I’m not fit to be a father; I can barely take care of myself,” he rasps on the opening track, “Thirty Four”) or the foibles that fill his fragile heart, but beneath it all is the hope that a better man will arise to enjoy better days ahead."

-Steve Wildsmith, THE YEAR IN REVIEW: 19 East Tennessee albums crucial to your musical developmentThe Daily Times 30Dec2015


"Sporting that kind of rock n' roll fused with folk sound that's perfect for these here parts, Shimmy & The Burns are ready to release their sophomore effort... Letting Go is filled with nice little surprises. The moment you start thinking it's a straightforward southern-rock record (which would have been totally fine on its own) frontman Brian "Shimmy" Paddock busts out a harmonica solo or a banjo makes a cameo appearance... the second track off the record, "Jimmy." It's a fast-paced syncopated smoky-bar country song with just the right level of rockin' and foot-tappin'. It would fit right in next to any song from Sturgill's first record."

-Kent Oglesby, Shimmy & the Burns Set To Release Sophomore Record With Pres Pub Show This Weekend, Knoxville Music Warehouse 17Oct2016


"The first thing you notice when Shimmy & the Burns’ new album, “Letting Go,” cranks up is Brian Paddock’s raspy voice and matter-of-fact delivery on top of the band’s solid country-rock foundation. It takes about the length of one song to fall in love with the combination...Take time to listen to the lyrics and there’s even more of a pay-off."

-Wayne Bledsoe Tim Lee 3, Shimmy & the Burns Create Albums with Grit Left Intact The Knoxville News Sentinel 28Oct2016


"Paddock never tiptoes around a subject, and that's what makes this album feel so accessible. He delves into his own experiences and emotions for this release, and in return listeners are privileged with some mighty powerful tracks. There's honesty at every corner... The band's instrumentation is delicate and subtle at times while strong and robust at others, pairing well with whatever's going on in the lyrics."
-Alec Cunningham, Album Reviews:Shimmy & the Burns- Shimmy & the Burns Blank Newspaper Volume IX Issue 84


Demo Tracks

Live at the Ghost Motel Studio