Over the past ten years, the Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece band “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter,” and L.A. Weekly said their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.” Writer Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.”
Their new eponymous album, due out on Signature Sounds on June 16, 2017, 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.
The evolution in the band’s sound has been very much an organic one. Since Signature Sounds released their last album, With a Lampshade On, the Dustbowl Revival has been out on the road, winning over audiences with their free-flowing, joyous live performances. After playing more than two hundred shows a year during the last four years, they came to realize that they had outgrown the confining label of a retro-minded band playing music from a bygone era and needed to move in new directions.
To help them achieve their adventurous musical vision, the band turned to the GRAMMY Award–winning producer Ted Hutt, who brought with him a background of working with a musically diverse set of acts. A founding member of the Irish American Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, Hutt has not only produced punk groups such as Dropkick Murphys and the Bouncing Souls, but also the progressive acoustic outfit Old Crow Medicine Show, the Memphis Americana rockers Lucero, and New York City roots troubadour Jesse Malin. With Hutt’s assistance, the Dustbowl Revival created what they have called “the tightest, funkiest thing we’ve ever attempted.”
A deliriously fun old-time party band
—New York Music Daily