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Dustbowl Revival in concert


“Garrison Keillor [and ‘A Prairie Home Companion’] could only wish to have a house band this good.”


“Bluegrass swing like the Blue Ridge miners from the 1920’s heading into town for dancing and drinking.”


“A nine-piece band replete with tuba, washboard, accordion, fiddle,

mandolin, trumpet and guitar joyously pumped out early 20th century

standards and original tunes that would have sounded utterly at home

within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French

Quarter. The seven men…and two women in flapper-inspired dresses, are

members of a ragtag outfit called the Dustbowl Revival, strumming,

sawing and puffing enthusiastically as smiling listeners on the dance

floor swung their partners infectiously.”


"An old-time medicine show featuring the kind of roots music that

normally isn't my cup of twang, except it offered great bands like the

Dustbowl Revival, whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see

them again the next day."

-R. Sheffield, ROLLING STONE

The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based roots collective that

merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot

swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their

inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many

styles of traditional American music. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show

meeting Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven Band in New Orleans or Bob Dylan and Fats Waller jamming with Mumford&Sons on a front porch in 1938.

Growing steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west

coast (hundreds shows in the last two years), DBR has blossomed into a

traveling collective featuring instrumentation that often includes

fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, accordion, tuba,

pedal steel, drums, guitars, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and

plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck.

With an

enthusiastic and growing national following, DBR released their first

LP, You Can’t Go Back To The Garden of Eden to rave reviews. Their tune

“Dan’s Jam”, received Americana Song Of The Year honors by the

Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits, Ozzy Osbourne judging). The group

has placed songs in several independent films and TV projects including

“Made In China” (IFC) which won SXSW, and in a 2013 episode of FOX’s

AMERICAN IDOL. National radio play includes LA’s KCRW, KPFK, and KCSN,

Austin’s KGSR, SF’s KPFA and Seattle’s taste-making KEXP.


EP + vinyl 7’’ Holy Ghost Station was released in the summer of 2011

under the auspices of analog specialist Raymond Richards with Rockets

Red Glare (Local Natives) and in 2011-12 Dustbowl played with artists as

diverse as The Rebirth Brass Band, Best Coast, Steve Martin and The

Steep Canyon Rangers and more, hosting shows from Chicago to Seattle,

Anchorage and San Diego as well as playing festivals like Outside Lands,

Lightning In a Bottle, Make Music Pasadena and The New LA Folk


2013 has a new album - Carry Me Home, on the way.

Merging their vintage style with a hip,

lose-your-troubles-and-start-moving vibe, the record perfectly

encompasses the band’s upbeat message. Seeking to travel more widely in

2013, the band will be playing Mountain Song Bluegrass Cruise to The

Bahamas (Punch Brothers, David Grisman) as well as venturing to Arizona,

Colorado, New York and beyond.

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