The Downtown Shimmy hits all the grooves for dancers, from swingin’ along with “Mercy”, to the country tub-thumping “John Henry,” to gritty and slow with “I’m Through With You,” to tight and funky with “Leave That Damn Thing Alone.” This album highlights the musical chops of this band, their ability to move from one genre to the next and sound phenomenal in each one. You will be powerless to fall into the rhythm and move to the music, even if you’re sitting in an office chair.
— Andrew Smith, International Blues Dance Instructor
Downtown Shimmy—they’re going places. You gotta watch these guys, a talented five piece band. They’re a national act in my book. We’re lucky to have them right here in Philadelphia.
— Michael Cloeren, Pocono Blues Festival founder/producer, 2014 Philadelphia Folk Fest festival director
The West Philly group have channeled the true soul of southern music on the LP, from the fun-loving, brass filled streets of New Orleans to the cathartic blues of Mississippi juke joints. The record was recorded, mixed and mastered over the course of just five days before the band represented Philadelphia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and that in-the-moment approach resulted in an authentic and genuine final product.
— Julie Miller, WXPN Radio blog "The Key", March 2014
The Downtown Shimmy are a delightful, refreshing new band hailing from Philadelphia. This young, talented ensemble will win over audiences with their energizing show & polished original arrangements...A must see this season.
— Mikey Junior, The Twisted Tail entertainment manager, April 2014



2014 International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN:  

Super tight, good arrangements.
— Judge #1
High energy, nice vocals, great stage presence and musicianship.
— Judge #2
Strong vocals, tight rhythm section... good band.
— Judge #3
Excellent groove, good audience interaction.
— Judge #4


Holy crap that was awesome!
— Raphaële Piché, Montreal Canada
Great to see so many people having an awesome time. Awesome band.
— Dan Davis, Harrisburgh PA
Damn that was a great night. Looking forward to it happening again.
— Gary Stewart, Montreal Canada
Damn, I’m listening to your band’s album and DAMN if I haven’t told you ya’ll before, but you guys sound stupid awesome and sexy. That is all.
— Hannah Taylor, Philadelphia
You made my soul sing tonight. From Montreal, thank you. Oh my gosh, THANK YOU!
— Mélisande Leduc, Montreal Canada
Thank you so much to The Downtown Shimmy for absolutely killing it the entire night.
— Daniel Miles, Cleveland OH