The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members – and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap. ATOD Magazine says:
The Dustbowl Revival is an eight-piece band that takes you back to the root of music. The minute their hands begin to grasp their instruments and front woman Liz Beebe takes the mic, well, you find that the body can’t help but move, your hands begin to clap, your soul begins to smile, and the sheer talent emanating from this Los Angeles-based band takes hold of you. Something about their passion oozing from each one of the bandmembers has you take pause. Somewhere between New Orleans, moss swamps, good old fashioned bluegrass, and a time where music had little to do with celebrity and everything to do with soul, there you will find The Dustbowl Revival. See them every chance you get.
With A Lampshade On, the Dustbowl Revival’s fourth album (released July 21, 2015 on Signature Sounds), shines a light on the band’s strength as a live act. They formed in L.A.’s bohemian enclave of Venice Beach in late 2007, the result of a hopeful Craigslist ad posted by bandleader Z. Lupetin, a Midwestern transplant who hoped to join together players in the string band and brass band traditions. Since then, one thing has become clear as the group grows more confident in their abilities: Dustbowl does its best work onstage. They’ve played dive bars, saloons and theaters, front porches and festivals. To watch them onstage is to take part in an evolving conversation between an orchestra and audience. The horns blast, the fiddle and mandolin swoon, and the howling vocals – which Lupetin shares with Liz Beebe – rattle off stories about preachers, drinkers, lovers, and holy rollers.
Over the last few years, the band has steadily gained recognition while playing festivals and venues across North America and Europe, notably with Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Years ago, the Dustbowl Revival witnessed the Preservation Hall Jazz Band merging with Del McCoury‘s seasoned bluegrass troupe from Nashville in a series of concerts. It was like a flashbulb going off. That’s the secret ingredient in the Dustbowl Revival’s sound: the bridge connecting two American genres that grew out of places more similar and entwined than people realize, but have grown apart during the century or so since they first became popular. Preservation Hall and theGrand Ole Opry rarely get mentioned in the same sentence. With A Lampshade On reunites these estranged folk traditions with songs that rely as heavily on bluegrass trombone breaks and jazz mandolin runs as funk fiddle solos and gospel sing-alongs.
Stream With A Lampshade On here.
With this album, the Dustbowl Revival isn’t just paying tribute to the sounds of decades long sine past. Rather, the band is participating in the evolution of American roots music, tipping a hat to what’s come before while looking ahead to what’s on the horizon.
Dustbowl Revival Tour Dates
August 19 – Woody Creek, CO @ Woody Creek Community Center
August 20 – Paonia, CO @ Pickin’ In The Park Concerts
August 21 – Crested Butte, CO @ Center For The Arts
August 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Viaduct State Park
August 27 – Berkeley, CA @ Redwood Grove Concerts at UC Berkeley
August 28 – Cloverdale, CA @ Cloverdale Arts Alliance (Fri Night Live)
September 03 – New Haven, CT @ Café Nine
September 04 – Charlestown, RI @ Rhythm And Roots Fest
September 05 – Charlestown, RI @ Rhythm And Roots Fest
September 06 – Oxford, NJ @ Shippen Manor Lawn Concerts
September 08 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
September 09 – Malboro, NY @ Live at The Falcon
September 10 – Brattleboro, VT @ Vermont Jazz Center
September 11 – Northampton, VA @ Academy of Music Northhampton
September 12 – Elizabethtown, NY @ Otis Mountain Get Down
September 13 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theatre
September 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
September 15 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
September 16 – Asheville, NC @ Altamont Theatre
September 17 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery / Americana Music Fest
September 18 – Hickory, NC @ Sails on the Square Series
September 19 – Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 20 – Bristol, TN @ Brostil Rhythm & Roots Reunion
October 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bluegrass Situation Fest at The Greek Theatre
October 08 – Durango, CO @ Fort Lewis College Concert Hall
October 09 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
October 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
October 14 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
October 15 – St. Louis, MO – Broadway Oyster Bar