The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, CA-based roots collective that merges old school gypsy rhythms with bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their raucous dance-inducing live sets, the Dustbowl Revival plays what some call hillbilly jazz—the original front porch rock n’ roll. Think Dylan and The Band in Newport meets Louis Armstrong in New Orleans meets Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes on the beaches of LA.
Growing from a small string band diligently playing local Southern California clubs (over two hundred shows in the last two years), DBR is now a collective of over ten musicians with instrumentation that often includes tuba, trombone, clarinet, cornet, trumpet, mandolin, banjo, drums, guitars, double bass, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. The band’s spontaneous, participatory set-lists assure that every show is a little bit different.
With an enthusiastic and growing following, The Dustbowl Revival has toured the west behind their second LP, “You Can’t Go Back To The Garden of Eden”, released a new EP + vinyl recorded on analog with Raymond Richards at Rockets Red Glare (Local Natives, Dengue Fever, Parson Redheads) in 2011 and played with artists as diverse as Best Coast and Vaud and The Villains. They won Americana Song Of The Year in 2011 by the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits, Ozzy Osbourne judges).
A new record "Carry Me Home" will drop in 2013. Merging their vintage style with a hip, lose-your-troubles-and-start-moving vibe that rings especially true for these times, the new record perfectly represents the band’s upbeat message.
Zach Lupetin: guitars, vocals, harmonica
Caitlin Doyle: harmony vocals, washboard
Matt Rubin: Trumpet
Ulf Bjorlin: Trombone
Josiah Mory/Jon Mohr: Upright bass, tuba
Daniel Mark: Mandolin
Charlie Peterson: Lapsteel
Alexandria Marino: Fiddle
Jeff Lupetin: Blues harp
Lila Lupetin: Vocals
"You Can't Go Back To The Garden Of Eden" 2010
"Holy Ghost Station" 2011
LIVE REVIEW: SILVERLAKE LOUNGE
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"Any band with a tuba, trombone and washboard (among many other wonderful instruments) should defini..."Any band with a tuba, trombone and washboard (among many other wonderful instruments) should definitely be listened to. The LA music landscape is so rich, so innovative, with so many bands taking so many chances to make their sounds heard. As I slid into my spot at the Silverlake Lounge the other night I was reminded of this very fact. This crazy brass concoction, eight piece band, whose sound is way too large for this stage, brought me back to another era. Their music is a throwback to a previous sound, one that littered joyous nights from the west to the east coasts bringing into its merriment all that would be taken hold of by this music. And while I was not alive all those years ago, The Dustbowl Revival does an amazing job of channeling a creative force from the past while making it truly their own as they performed for us...there is a genuine and very organic approach to their sounds, allowing them to play music the only way they know how which is by having tons of fun on stage and making the sounds truly their own. The Dustbowl Revival makes happy music, right to the core, leaving you with a smile on your face."
"...as if it came wandering out of the dustbowl around the time of the Great Depression."
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“It’s kind of ironic that in these days of economic recession that a band comes along that literally...“It’s kind of ironic that in these days of economic recession that a band comes along that literally sounds as if it came wandering out of the dustbowl around the time of the Great Depression. Traditional music has never sounded so uplifting or fun to listen to.”
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