"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

"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

"Four guys who know how to sing and play the daylights out of their instruments. I hear a lot of Uncle Tupelo, Lucero and Neil Young which is a winning trifecta... Perfection!"

-Harry Kaplan Letting Go by Shimmy & the Burn Twangrila Roots Music Blog 20Oct2016

"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

"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

"... too rock for country and too country for rock n roll. Instead, they straddle a path that defies pinpoint classification en route to a style worth beholding."

-Tom Neatherland, Bristol Herald Courier 16Jun2016


"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


"Shimmy & the Burns prioritize the authenticity of their musical message over what’s trendy and put it all on the line by exposing so much emotion in their lyrics."

-Ana Tantaris, Local folk rock outfit on the upswing The Daily Beacon 22Sept2015