Unleashing US music's original joy
It's going to be a bit of a squeeze when The Dustbowl Revival take to the somewhat confined stage of The Greystones next Tuesday.
The eight-piece from California have described themselves as an American roots orchestra.
It is quite a musical concoction, a heady cocktail of bluegrass, swing, jazz, pre-war blues, gospel, southern soul and New Orleans funk.
There is a trumpet and trombone, alongside a fiddle and mandolin and other instruments, as the band sets about ‘mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal.’
It is not a throwback band, they say.
“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.
“Vocals are shared by Zach Lupetin and Liz Beebe, and both band and audience have a whale of a time, judging by online videos, one of which features a prancing Dick Van Dyke.”
The publication LA Weekly declared them ‘the best live band in LA’.
Formed in 2007, The Dustbowl Revival are only playing four dates in the UK – two in London – as part of a European tour in support of their fourth album, With A Lampshade On.
“It’s just us in a room, stripped down to the essentials and rocking out,” says Lupetin.
He also explained the LP’s driving force.
He says: “We wanted to make an album that unleashed that original joy of American roots music, which is a uniquely high-energy, joyful thing that jazz and folk music have both created.”
Sounds like party time in Sheffield 11.
n American singer-songwriter Richard Shindell is at The Greystones next Thursday, August 25.