To Do: The Shook Twins 

by Aaron Sarlo • February 2, 2017

The third of four shows in the 2016-17 South on Main Americana Concert Series looks to be an interesting one. The Shook Twins (identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook) are stopping by South on Main as part of their latest tour, and they are bringing their bandies Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis with them to play the band’s eclectic brand of folk-pop. Based in Portland, Ore., The Shook Twins write and perform songs that are from the storytelling camp of songwriting, each telling a tale that draws heavily from personal life experience. These songs include stories about being potters’ daughters and that time they befriended a chicken that they named Rose (earning the twins their first ever Rootsy™ award nomination.) The Shook Twins’ live set features a plethora of instruments, including guitar, upright bass, mandolin, glockenspiel and banjo. If banjos and mandolins aren’t your flavor, these guys also have an experimental side to their live show, incorporating “face drum (beatbox),” ambient vocal loops and “their signature golden EGG,” which, if I understand it correctly, will grant you one wish if you rub it correctly. All kidding aside, songwriters Laurie and Katelyn write lovely songs that stick with you long after you’ve put away your phone. Interesting tidbit: The twins were born and raised in tiny Sandpoint, Idaho — a damn-near Canadian border town with a population of 7,000 and an unemployment rate that hovers around 20 percent. This sort of environment for a childhood would be a near-perfect mulch for any aspiring songwriter of the Americana genre, and it served the twins well. From their beauteous vocal harmonies, to their down-to-Earth songs, to their expansive instrumentation, The Shook Twins show looks like it will be well worth the ticket price. (8 p.m. South on Main. $24-$34.)