The Dustbowl Revival
Origin: Venice, California
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Based out of Venice, California, The Dustbowl Revival are a large string and brass ensemble whose colorful combination of swing, bluegrass, jazz, and Americana have earned them a national following.
This eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.”
Safe to say many critics love this bunch who have played in the Sacramento area. One listen and you’ll know why. 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of The Dustbowl Revival’s formation. It was back in 2007 when Lupetin, a Midwestern transplant to Los Angeles, posted an ad in Craigslist in hopes of creating a group inspired by brass band and string band traditions. Over the years, the group has been an inclusive outfit that frequently shifted in size before solidifying in its current eight-piece lineup.
Their new self-titled album, however, finds the Los Angeles-based ensemble evolving and refining its music. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe. This exhilarating sound jumps out on the album’s opening tracks, “Call My Name” and “If You Could See Me Now.” Drummer Joshlyn Heffernan and bassist James Klopfleisch lay down a righteous groove that trumpeter Matt Rubin and trombonist Ulf Bjorlin supercharge with their big blasts of horns. The album showcases Liz Beebe’s sexy, full-throated vocals. Bandleader, songwriter, guitarist and founder Zach Lupetin, mandolinist Daniel Mark and fiddler Connor Vance fill out the roster.
The new album is produced by Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt. K-ZAP 93.3 FM is delighted to play a track from it titled “If You Could See Me Now” also streaming on K-ZAP.ORG/LISTEN/
The Atomic Mushroom Cloud Of Love (2008)
You Can’t Go Back to the Garden of Eden (2010)
With A Lampshade On (2015)
The Dustbowl Revival (2017)