Folk-pop sisters' new album honors good men in their lives; one of the main men that Katelyn and Laurie celebrate is their father, Dan

COURTESY: JESSIE MCCALL - The Shook Twins, identical twin sisters Laurie and Katelyn, are women empowerment proponents, but with 'Some Good Lives' they wanted to 'honor the other side,' as in men. They'll play Revolution Hall on Saturday, April 6.The Shook Twins are paying homage to the men in their lives with "Some Good Lives," and they perform a hometown record-release show Saturday, April 6, at Revolution Hall.

In their quest for women empowerment, and wanting the "monarchy" to rise up, Laurie and Katelyn Shook and the band felt they should recognize men, too.

"We took a step back and said, 'We need to honor the other side,'" Laurie Shook says.

They wrote 14 songs about loved ones, mentors and friends for their fourth album, which came out Feb. 15 and features their folk pop, along with influences of disco, funk, soul and psychedelic. Subjects include their dad Dan Shook, best friend Travis Dickson, late friend Bryan Osper and even presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

"We realized there was a theme," Katelyn Shook says. "Even though our minds are mostly on the women of today and wanting the monarchy to rise up, we have several men in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world we live in. So, it's an album for 'Some Good Lives' that have crossed paths with ours — and to them, we are grateful."

Their father creates the group's album art.

"He's an amazing artist," Laurie says. "He's a wonderful man, always shows us what a good man and husband means — a solid dude."

Dickson has been dealing with a brain tumor for about five years.

"He's doing great," Laurie says. "It's awesome being around him and how he sees life." The song about him, "Vessels," references his treatment and work as a scientist.

With "Got Your Message," the twins honor late friend Osper, who died in a car accident eight years ago. "He kind of sent me a message from the other side: 'Be grateful for the music part of this business,'" Laurie says.

And Sanders was in the thoughts of the twins with "What Have We Done," about the politician "talking about equality and helping even out the rich and poor," Laurie says. "Rooting for a lot of change. 'Feel the Bern' is, like, a real thing, and it changed a lot of minds."

There are other songs about their grandfather, Vernon, and bandmate Niko Daoussis' father, Phil, as well as Katelyn's partner, Kyle ("WantLove").

The Shook Twins didn't feel compelled to do songs about positive men in their lives.

"It feels good to honor the good," Laurie says.

The album was produced by Portland's Dutch Records and recorded at Hallowed Halls. Dutch Records has helped the group with its radio push, lining up time on Americana Radio. Laurie Shook says that "it's a crazy time being a band, and there are so many bands, it's all so accessible, anybody can make an amazing album in their basement and then kill it on Spotify. There's a lot of competition and it's hard to rise up."

They're busy touring, cruising to gigs aboard "Sprinty," their newest van, a Dodge Sprinter. In the early years, it was aboard "Sherpa" and "Big" and now it's "Sprinty."

They still enjoy the life of an indie band, especially with festival season approaching. The Shook Twins will be playing at Northwest String Summit, Oregon Country Fair and more.

"Every time we get in that van, it's, 'OK, cool, we're doing it, feels good,'" Laurie says. "The people we get to play with are awesome."

The Shook Twins play at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St. Tickets: $20, $25 day of show,

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