Summit Daily, Q&A with Boulder-based band A Shadow of Jaguar


Heather Jarvis, Summit Daily

A Shadow of a Jaguar plays Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Thursday, Oct. 15. Show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Boulder-based rock ‘n’ roll duo A Shadow of Jaguar is made up of Brian Hubbert and Andrew Oakley. The two began collaborating this year, writing and recording their rock, blues and soul tunes. The duo is set to release their first single, “Mama Needs the Bottle,” along with a music video filmed in New York City. Hubbert, on lead vocals, slide guitar and bass, can also be recognized for his work with Cold River City. Drummer and vocalist Oakley has also made a name for himself in the Boulder music scene in his previous gig with West Water Outlaws. The Summit Daily caught up with Oakley before their performance Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone.


Describe your music to someone who has never seen it.

A Shadow of Jaguar plays high-energy rock ‘n’ roll music with a blues and soul flavor. Our riffs are reminiscent of early blues and classic rock, the drums are thunderous yet groovy, and the melodies are as sweet and catchy as any soul singer. 


How did the band get started, and what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far?

Brian and I got started in early 2015 and we have both been members of some prevalent Colorado local bands, including West Water Outlaws, Cold River City and Bandits. We met through playing various shows together with our other bands, and a musical connection was immediately made at a jam session in 2013. Our greatest accomplishment so far has been playing to a packed house at our debut headlining show in New York City this August. 

What is the craziest/weirdest thing that has happened to you either on the road or while playing a show?

Most of the craziest and weirdest road stories we have would not be appropriate to share publicly. We did witness a Land Rover completely engulfed in flames on the New Jersey turnpike last week though. That was some pretty scary stuff. We also see a lot of fascinating roadkill, and by far the most interesting one I have seen was a llama on the side of I-70 in Utah. As musician, you tend to spend ungodly amounts of time in the car. Spectacles like those, however sad or scary they may be, can really break up the monotony. They also give you a reality check of the dangers of spending so much time on the highway. 


How would you like to see the band grow in the future?

We plan to keep putting out new material and playing shows until we have achieved world domination and/or enlightenment. 


What was your first strong memory of absolutely knowing you wanted to be a performer?

Watching Rose Hill Drive in their early days. Those shows had a huge impact on me as a young musician. 


What would you like the audience to walk away with after watching your show?

We want the audience to walk away with a sore neck, ringing ears, and a beautiful girl (or guy). And a splitting hangover.

'Mama Needs the Bottle' featured on Reverb's "Steal This Track"

Download “Mama Needs the Bottle” from A Shadow of Jaguar

By Josh Johnson November 9, 2015


Rock ‘n’ roll really has a thing for mothers. Rolling Stone magazine even once argued that the first rock ‘n’ roll song was also Elvis’ first release, “That’s All Right,” a song consoling mama by saying “that’s all right, any way you do.”

Perhaps musicians are especially sensitive people with a soft spot for their moms, and perhaps they see how the life of a musician can be tough on momma. The Rolling Stones famously recorded “Mother’s Little Helper,” a song about the rise in popularity of the tranquilizer diazepam among housewives. (Incidentally, Oskar Blue’s Brewery’s Little Yellow Pils is a direct reference to this.)

Along the lines of The Stones, Boulder’s gritty, Americana rock duo A Shadow of Jaguar‘s first single sympathizes with Mama hitting the bottle after a bad day. 

This may be A Shadow of Jaguar’s first release, but the duo have musical roots in Colorado. Lead vocalist/guitarist Brian Hubbert also plays with Cold River City, and vocalist/drummer Andrew Oakley is from West Water Outlaws. Since forming earlier this year, the two have been trekking across the nation, building a name. Currently, they are working on a video for “Mama Needs the Bottle,” but you can steal it below. The band will also be performing on Nov. 12 at Conor O’Neill’s in Boulder.

GoodMusicAllDay Reviews our Debut Music Video

#FreshPicks Alumni A Shadow of Jaguar are back with the visuals to “Mama Needs A Bottle”


After being featured as one of our #Freshpicks, A Shadow of Jaguar is back with the visuals to “Mama Needs The Bottle.” Shot in New York City, this video tells the story of a woman at the end of her thread, turning to alcohol to dull all feeling.

“The character of Mama allowed me to make it a story instead of a diary entry. It’s far more interesting to tell the story of a 3rd party as opposed to a ‘you or I’ story. It also allows you to push reality a little more” 

A Shadow of Jaguar is definitely a band to keep your eye on, with an awesome Rock and Roll sound; they have a White Stripes feel to them. If you are a fan of Rock and Roll with blues influence then A Shadow of Jaguar is definitely for you. Be sure to follow them on Social media for updates on new releases, tour dates, and more.

-Kayvan Darageh, GoodMusicAllDay

'Mama Needs the Bottle' Featured on GoodMusicAllDay's Fresh Picks!

Taking it back to the time of classic rock, with obvious influence from country blues and soul –  “Mama Needs The Bottle” is the musical rendition on the obvious appearance and effects of addiction. Each guitar strum is like a shot of stout on the rocks, strong with a sharp chill along with every whisk. Boulder, Colorado is coming through on the map as members Brian Hubbert and Andrew Oakley have come together as one of the city’s most prominent bands. The duo is currently on a nationwide tour, so check them out if they come through to your city.

-Symmone Brown, GoodMusicAllDay

ASOJ in Aspen Times

Members of the Boulder bands West Water Outlaws and Cold River City have teamed up for the new blues-rock duo A Shadow of Jaguar, which makes its Aspen debut tonight and kicks off a week-long lineup of free concerts at Belly Up Aspen.

Made up of singer/guitarist Brian Hubbert — the frontman for Cold River City — and drummer Andrew Oakley, the band formed earlier this year after West Water Outlaws split up. Hubbert and Oakley started playing live shows around the Front Range in the spring and recorded a handful of songs, including the recently released slide-guitar-driven, hard rock single “Mama Needs the Bottle.”They’re now on the road for the first time, playing shows around Colorado and the West. And this winter, they’re doing a run of gigs in New York City.

“It’s going to be almost entirely originals and a lot of energy,” Oakley said of the Belly Up show.

West Water Outlaws, which played Aspen last fall, broke up after its headlining show at Boulder’s Fox Theatre last New Year’s Eve.

“That was a memorable show,” Oakley said. “We kind of knew going into it that everybody had different ideas and wanted to go different directions.”

He had already been playing with Hubbert a bit, as Cold River City and West Water Outlaws frequently shared bills in Boulder as prominent local rock bands. Those collaborations birthed A Shadow of Jaguar.

“We were both coming from a place where it felt good to play with one other person on stage, where it’s really efficient to bounce ideas back and forth off of one another,” he said.

-Andrew Travers, Aspen Times

AXS Interviews Brian Hubbert

“Our goal is to make music that makes people scrunch their faces and nod their heads,” Brian Hubbert of A Shadow of Jaguar said in a recent interview. “Frustration is a big influence. Frustration with the industry, frustration with people. This is the most honest music we've ever made...besides our song about bath salts...we've never done bath salts (but we hear good things).” A delta rock duo, A Shadow of Jaguar allowed AXS the exclusive opportunity to premiere their debut music video for “Mama Needs The Bottle”. On top of that, Hubbert shed some light on the group’s first year together in this Q&A.

AXS: Are you Colorado natives? If not, where is everyone originally from?
Brian Hubbert (vocals, slide guitar, bass): Andrew Oakley [drums, vocals] is from Colorado, and I am originally from Connecticut.

AXS: What brought A Shadow of Jaguar together?
Brian: A phone call.

AXS: How long has A Shadow of Jaguar been together? What have you learned during that time?
Brian: Almost a year. We learned that both of us are pretty good at this music thing.

AXS: Where was your first show in Colorado, and what was the experience like? Who else did you play with at the show?
Brian: We played the No Name Bar in Boulder. We were way too loud for that place, but people really dug it.

AXS: Have any Colorado musicians inspired A Shadow of Jaguar?
Brian: Yes.

AXS: What projects are A Shadow of Jaguar currently working on?
Brian: Our album.

AXS: What else is A Shadow of Jaguar involved in locally, either as individuals or as a group?
Brian: Music and more music. This is all we want to do, and all we do is try to make that a sustainable reality.

AXS: Does A Shadow of Jaguar have a goal in mind for the sound the band produces? Are there certain influences or themes the band tries to inject into its own music?
Brian: Our goal is to make music that makes people scrunch their faces and nod their heads. Frustration is a big influence. Frustration with the industry, frustration with people. This is the most honest music we've ever made...besides our song about bath salts...we've never done bath salts (but we hear good things).

AXS: For someone who has never seen or heard A Shadow of Jaguar, what would you tell them to entice them to watch your set?
Brian: Slide guitar and drums.

AXS: What would your ideal live show look like? Where would it take place? Any particular time of year? Would a specific band/musician share the bill with or open for A Shadow of Jaguar?
Brian: Jesus, with giant eagle wings, and singing lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd.

AXS: What shows are you looking forward to over the next few months?
Brian: Returning to NYC for shows.

AXS: What do you enjoy most about Colorado’s music scene, and why?
Brian: It's where this band was born. For all the ups and downs, this place gave us our start, and taught us how to do this. It will always be home.

BolderBeat Reviews 'Mama Needs the Bottle'

As you might recall, we covered an A Shadow of Jaguar show back in June at the Pub. Comprised of Cold River City’s Brian Hubbert and former West Water Outlaws’ drummer Andrew Oakley, desker David Landry described the boys as a “super-powered project” with “a thumping kick drum and a whip-cracking snare.” Following that performance, the duo played The UMS and various gigs around Colorado. The pair then hit the studio, The Crucible Recording Studio to be exact, and worked with producer Robbie Stiefel and bassist John Demitro of Branded Bandits to lay down a few licks. After tossing things around in mixing with John Peacock and having their jams mastered by Brian Gardner, A Shadow of Jaguar have released their debut single, “Mama Needs the Bottle.”

-Hannah Oreskovich

David's Desk: Party with the Pack: A Shadow of Jaguar

Thanks to David Landry of BolderBeat for this awesome write up of one of our earliest performances!

By: David Landry

A Shadow of Jaguar are high-energy blues rock.

Pearl Street Pub and Cellar has music most Mondays and Wednesdays, and they keep it pretty calm on Mondays. But recently, things were a little different. Here’s the scene:

You walk up to the Pub and you’re instantly hit with a thumping kick drum and a whip-cracking snare. That’s when you first realize, this isn’t going to be your normal Monday at the Pub. You expected acoustic, sad-bastard music to be playing so you could sit in the corner and drink your whiskey alone. 

Instead, just inside the door, you are greeted with a bluesy slide guitar. And a two piece rocking band. At the helm is Brian Hubbert (of Cold River City) and on the skins is Andrew Oakley (formerly of West Water Outlaws). It’s a super-powered project. It’s A Shadow of Jaguar.


ASOJ plays you a bunch of originals, and some fun covers like Death's “Keep on Knockin’”. To make it even more of a party, at one point Will Buck (formerly of West Water Outlaws) hops in with some tasty licks screaming over Brian's slide guitar parts, and John Demitro (of Branded Bandits) jumps off his normal guitar playing to keep the rhythm section tight on bass. The four play together like they’ve been doing this for years; they never skip a beat. Neither you nor the Pub were ready for this high-energy set, but you and everyone there want more. And that’s your Monday night.

A Shadow of Jaguar just finished recording with Robbie Stiefel over at The Crucible and the boys are playing UMS in Denver at the end of the month. See them when you can, because jaguars don't travel in packs very often.

-David at the desk