Shovelman is a junkyard beatnik, a shovel guitar-wielding surrealist folk superhero. Armed with a collection of pawnshop effects pedals and an old barn shovel-turned-slide guitar, Shovelman plays old-fashioned folktronica-grooves looped straight out of the ground. The sounds of Mississippi Delta blues from the electro-psychedelic future collide with the antiquated rubble of lyrical one-man-band hoboetry. Shovelman has become famous in San Francisco, where he currently resides, as well as on the West Coast festival circuit, opening for bands including Primus, Beats Antique, Sean Hayes, and Reggie Watts.
"Shovelman has forged a perfect merger of the past and the present with his bluesy 'folktronic' sound." —LA Weekly
"Shovelman's music would be playing on the radio if Tom Waits and Les Claypool ever went on a road trip together… and were lost." —Chip, So Wat TV