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"REVIEW: Sam Bond's show, August, 2010 by Frank Gutch, Jr."


Deadwood Revival.... Revivin' The Dead

When Deadwood Revival took the stage at Eugene's Sam Bond's Garage on a Wednesday night this last week, there was electricity in the air, and it wasn't static. The crowd had been gathering for some time, for Eugene is Trenerry country and the extended clan showed up early to get good seats because DwR sports two Trenerry's, Kim by birth and Jason by marriage. Sure, Jason Mogi is not really a Trenerry, but for this one night it didn't matter, for the family welcomed all of DwR as family, as did the crowd. To the family, this wasn't a show, it was a reunion! What it ended up being was a party, though, and if no dead were revived, it was through no fault of the band who played long and hard in the vein of asses off.

I was lucky enough to have caught the band last Spring at Corvallis' Bomb's Away Cafe and knew they came to play, but even those of us who had seen DwR's sweat-inducing shows in the past were not prepared for what was to come. The doors behind the stage slid open at 7 PM, and the five touring vagabonds (four band members and their manager, Carol Pope) filled the stage with equipment in less than ten minutes which was something to see in itself--- poetry in motion, it was. By 7:30, they had plugged, arranged, mic-checked, sound-checked and body-checked everything to their satisfaction and spent the next half hour visiting and reacquainting themselves with relatives and friends they obviously see all too seldom. Hugs, drinks and kisses were passed around like candy at Halloween until it was time to take the stage and I'm not too sure they didn't take it, literally, because I had to leave on the midnight side of 11:30 due to pure exhaustion (I felt like a deserter) and the party was still going strong. And this was a Wednesday, fer chrissakes!

From the first note, you knew you were in for something. Jason Mogi is a maniac on the clawhammer banjo, Ches Ferguson lays down a bottom line with his uke-bass (you have to see it to believe it amd it uses rubber strings!) that is as bottom as you can get and Trenerry and Julie Campbell? Sharp as a tack on their respective instruments (that would be acoustic guitar and fiddle) and loaded for bear. The band quickly worked their way through a solid list of country and bluegrass flavored songs, mostly originals with a few traditional tunes for good measure and it wasn't long before the tables and chairs were moved to create dance floor. Most notable on the first set were Mogi's Bound To Go, a light-stepper which allowed his banjo and the voices of Mogi and Trenerry a chance to warm up, Mogi's rousing Roscoe Stomp, and Trenerry's Ain't the Buying Kind. Along the way, they belted out a version of Johnny Cash's Big River, Dylan's You Ain't Going Nowhere and songs by the Dead and Neil Young. The highlight of the night, though, was an extended version of Mattie's Jam which eventually gave way to their rockin' showstopper, Shake the Barnhouse Down. By the time that was over, even the building was sweating.

After an hour and fifteen minute set, they took a short break and hit the stage again, picking up right where they left off, and the longer they played, the more the crowd responded. Hoots and whistles began to meet every vocal and solo and even crescendo until the crowd was as much a part of the music as was the band. Like I said. It was a party.

And like I said, I walked out on the left side of 11:30, tired and dreading the long drive home, but I felt good. My ears weren't ringing (my thanks to Kevin, the sound man, and Jason Mogi, who ran the instruments through his own board) and I was grinning (couldn't stop, in fact, and after a bit that gets downright annoying). All the way home, I kept thinking what a shame it is that festival promoters were so busy plucking from lists of so-called 'names' that they overlooked Deadwood Revival. Sure, they get an occasional spot, but not like they deserve, and they are made for the festival circuit. They are the kind of band you stumble upon and stick around for what you think will be a minute but end up staying for the whole set. They are the kind of band that people ask for because it isn't the popularity or status that puts the bomp in the bomp, if you get my drift, it's the music and the showmanship.

This isn't the review I wanted to write. I wanted to convey the rush the music gave the crowd and the good fellowship and the joy it spread. I am not a good enough writer to even begin to describe that, so you'll just have to use your imagination. I also wanted to say that it isn't easy, being on the road for two weeks and playing show after show between long drives. Imagine what it is like to drive somewhere and play two or three sets only to load up and drive again. Luckily, this was their last show of the tour and it was hellacious, the kind of show that can rejuvenate a band. Bet most of the people there that night needed rejuvenation on a grand scale the next morning.

Crap! I'm grinning again. My face muscles are sore. Know what? I'm beginning to hate those guys.


- Rock & Reprise


"Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts"

"People love them!" They are repeat favorites because they possess not only exceptional musical talents, but they are also engaging entertainers." - Anna Manildi-Director


"Bluegrass with Smokin' Hooks"

Deadwood Revival is a compelling study in complementary strengths and weaknesses. Combine that with diverse influences, expert musicianship and a keen ear for production, and the band has created a solid offering in its self-titled album. The production is noteworthy, from broad concept (nine originals and three traditionals) to tiny detail (a spontaneous “That was fun!” left at the end of a song).

The band is heavily bluegrass influenced, but there’s more to it than that. Mogi brings a unique pop sensibility to the genre — this is bluegrass with smokin’ hooks. Particularly “Good Day Sunshine,” which makes labeling music fun for once: ’70s funk pop bluegrass, complete with trombone.

With Mogi writing hookier hooks than a lot of pop bands, and Trennery writing a better song than many singer-songwriters, any weakness is drowned out by so much strength. (Self-released) - Performer Magazine, Feb. 06


"INFUSION OF HEALTHY VIGOR and GUSTO"

"...On "This Old World", old-time and folk sensibilities are being forged into evocative new world music. Deadwood Revival isn't trying to make something out of nothing. Rather, they're on the leading edge of the resurgence and revitalized interest in old-time music. They're infusing healthy vigor, gusto, and enthusiasm into their new presentation of "old world' inspired music...." - Joe Ross, Bluegrass Now, FEB. 2007


"Impossible to Squelch a Smile"

The crowd was ready to dance the minute Deadwood Revival took the stage at the Tractor. The bluegrass twosome from Port Angeles, Kim Trenerry (guitar and vocals) and Jason Mogi (banjo and vocals), bring spry sharp harmonies and an effortlessly cheerful energy to every song. The good cheer was in full effect tonight, as Trenerry bopped around smiling whenever she wasn’t singing, and couldn’t keep the smile off even when she was. A few friends rounded out their sound: violinist Ellie Holzemer of Cross-Eyed Rosie lent a rollicking flair to the second half, and two members of Hot Buttered Rum joined in on a couple of songs with dobro and upright bass. Mogi, seated with his banjo, stayed connected to everyone on stage, nodding and grinning and bending low over his solos. With their sweet, twangy voices and infectious high spirits, they kept everyone moving. The effect was warm, soft, a little prickly, and a little dusty – a haystack in the sun. It was impossible to squelch a smile throughout the set. Word to the wise: their second album, "This Old World", just came out this winter.
Hard-touring San Franciscans Hot Buttered Rum were undeniably the big draw of the night, but they couldn’t summon up the same free-and-easy sunshine as Deadwood Revival.
-Kjersti Egerdahl - West Coast Performer Magazine, FEB. 2007


"The Next Great Jam Band"

The state of Washington might be the home to the next great Jam Band. The Deadwood Revival brings their brand of "hillbilly jamgrass" wherever they grow across the northwest US, winning new fans at every stop along the way. Inspired by Jerry Garcia, Deadwood Revival hits a musical state that equals or exceeds The Grateful Dead at the height of their musical powers with discreet moments of instrumental genius and vocal harmonies that are heavenly. Vocalist Trenerry, in particular has a distinctive sound that crosses Kitty Wells with Allison Krauss and makes for an extremely pleasurable listen. Deadwood Revivals' newest CD, a live recording called Deadwood Revival Sat 730 captures the spirit and spit of their live shows while showcasing what may be one of the elite bands in the folk/country divide.

Deadwood Revival Sat 730 opens with Ain't The Buyin' Kind, a song about someone who is more into roaming than settling down. The instrumentation and vocal harmonies are dead on in a delicious blend of bluegrass and folk that will get your feet moving. Red Rocking Chair and Sugar Hill are traditional tunes given the DwR touch. Red Rocking Chair is great back porch music, and Sugar Hill is a rambunctious tune featuring the vicious fiddle work of Julie Campbell. Up next is a cover of Johnny Cash's Big River. The crowd gets really into this one, particularly the jam. DwR sounds inspired here.

Glendale Train may be the musical height of the disc, with the musicianship reaching near-perfection and a tremendous mix on the vocal harmonies. Campbell in particular should be memorialized for this performance. Guitar/Banjo player Jason Mogi chips in four original compositions, highlighted by When I'm Gone. This is one of those songs you'll find yourself singing along to the first time you hear it, and Mogi's guitar work will have the guitar players out there trying to figure out the tabs for the rest of the night. Grateful Dead fans will get excited about the Hunter and Garcia song China Cat Sunflower, which is reverent to the original in both form and spirit, but the highlight of the disc is Trenerry's Mattie's Jam/Shake The Barnhouse Down. Get ready for 11 1/2 minutes of musical bliss! Cover My Tracks and Daisy are fun listens, and don't overlook the band's take on Cotton Eyed Joe; one of the best I've heard.

Deadwood Revival is the sort of band that connects with listeners almost instantly (even through recorded media). The musical trip is there for the taking, all you have to do is let go. Deadwood Revival Sat 7:30 is an exquisite recording you'd be happy for on a road trip. Fans of bluegrass, country, folk and 1960's psychedelia will all find something here. Check it out.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)
- Wildy's World, August 2009


"Evoke a Deep Rustic Feel"

Male-female duo Jason Mogi & Kim Trenerry evoke a deep, rustic feel on tunes (such as “Cover My Tracks”) that feature Mogi’s adept clawhammer banjo, Trenerry’s solid guitar and the pair’s warm, wistful vocal blend. “Old Mother Logo” is a tasty instrumental with a rambling pace, while “Daisy” is a bluegrass vocal duet that picks up the tempo nicely. No question that this award-winning act will put you squarely on the back porch of a woodsy cabin.
- MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE


"It's A Revival of the Best Kind"

Deadwood Revival is Jason Mogi and Kim Trenerry, a Port Angeles, Washington-based duo that has earned significant acclaim for their neo/old-time jams. They bonded over Neil Young while playing in a jam band in Atlanta, and ended up on the very northwestern tip of the lower 48 singing a different tune.
Mogi and Trenerry have a vocal chemistry that draws listeners in. They could make any nonsense a pleasing waltz or a raucous romp with the right harmonic twist. Their blend has a gratifying timbre, and their instincts are perfectly in sync. That's not to say the lyrics take second string, especially with lines like, "You wanna get to heaven after foolin' 'round in hell."
Deadwood Revival swoops in with a large sound that belies their two-piece setup. Their broad range emphasizes their remarkable talent for making the right choices. "This Old Bar" demonstrates the purity of their intentions in a simple harmonica solo, pulling all the right strings without virtuosic show.
Mogi's clawhammer has a confidence that speaks to his past as a drummer. Often he slips into the blues, turning Trenerry into a scorching songstress. It's a rare ability to pull off a hoedown and a seduction at the same time, and it bodes well for the future of the Revival.
The choice of cover songs on This Old World reveals the extent to which Deadwood Revival is steeped in the folk tradition. A smattering of old time banjo ("Sandy Boys"), spiritual ("Fully Saved Today"), folk staple ("The Farmer is the Man") and the inevitable - and unusually rendered - Dylan ("You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"), the selections span the history, most likely, of their own musical foundation. The striking feature here is how much these covers sound like original Deadwood Revival works - meaning it's a revival of the best kind. (Self-released) - Ali Marcus, Performer Magazine


"You can tell from the first note that they are crowd-pleasers."

Let's put it this way. If I was booking a folk festival, or was even looking for an acoustic act for a rock festival, I wouldn't hesitate to book DwR. You can tell from the first note that they are crowd-pleasers. They're fun, adventurous and yet true to their roots. They would be something to see. And chances are that if you haven't bought this CD by then, you will buy it then. They're that good.

If you like old-timey, there's enough here to turn your head. Of course, if you're a purist, keep an open mind because Deadwood Revival has the spark of a Goose Creek whose take is maybe a step further toward modern extreme hillbilly music (you have to hear her to understand) but still in the ballpark. That spark, while hard to put into words, works the music until you can't help but move, even if it's just on the inside.

Take the Grand Ole Opry-style Secret or Roscoe Stomp (and we're talking thirties and forties here). Crank a little treble up and you can almost see the clog dancin' and boot stompin', Jason Mogi laying super fine banjo licks over Kim Trenerry's bouncy acoustic rhythm, voices singing into one of those huge gawdawful crystal mikes they used in those days. It's a musical vision.
Mogi's solo banjo takes a short ride on Down To the Wire, as good a ride as given on the best of Pete Wernick's old-time recordings. Too short at 1:04, it is a superb preface to Trenerry's modern folk rocking "Shake the Barnhouse Down" which serves up some excellent harmonies and picking.

Vocally, Mogi and Trenerry acquit themselves beautifully, but never so much as when they harmonize. There is something about the thin old-timey Mogi voice when it blends with Trenerry's which makes it even better, and vice-versa. Instrumentally, they rock. Trenerry is a fine bass player (though they have added Ches Ferguson on bass since the album was released) and has a touch on the acoustic guitar. Mogi's guitar is top-notch and his banjo is one of the most unique out there.

- Frank Gutch, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange


"SAT 730 Review by Frank Gutch"

It took Deadwood Revival three years and a whole lotta miles to get this album out and it's live. I have to admit to being a bit miffed, not really wanting rehashed live versions of tracks firmly embedded into my head, but they didn't ask me. I mean, after all, I am their preferred audience of one, never haven seen them (a malady I will correct this summer) but having championed their cause in bars at which they've never played, so I figured they should have at least asked. When I heard, I thought, "Live? What the…?" Then I heard it. I was never more wrong.

In the first place, the DwR I fell in love with were two: Jason Mogi and Kim Trenerry. A simple duo with complications (meaning that both are multi-instrumental), they had a touch with their writing and blending of styles which caught my imagination and, man, in the studio… It is a bias I've always had—when it's not broke…In my mind, I envisioned a different future for them—maybe Americana musicians of note, recognized and respected by peers. Truth is, you can't eat recognition and the festivals and pubs are where survival money is, so down the road they went, again, without my consent.

They worked their asses off, those three (oh yeah, they added Ches Ferguson on bass to give them both added musical wiggle room), before accosting fiddler Julie Campbell and locking her in a closet until she also agreed to join. While the twosome was becoming a foursome, I sat in my room with headphones on, reliving This Old World (reviewed here) probably a little more than I should have. Actually, just enough. It kept me company until Sat 730 and though I was leery, the doubt I had popped like the soap bubble it was. Oh me, of little faith…

From note one, I knew I stood corrected. Ain't the Buyin' Kind, impressive in the studio, is equally impressive onstage, maybe even moreso. Ferguson's bass plunges in, a pop dropkick to the country/folk banjo-guitar riffs and shortly after, here comes Campbell. The music is the same and so is the arrangement, but what a difference. The melodic hillbilly Red Rocking Chair carries on and the ride has started. Traditional folk, country, rock and combinations of the three give you a ride you might not have known you wanted but are glad you took. They even throw in their version of the Dead's China Cat Sunflower and make it sound very, well, Dead-like. You'll be impressed.

The highlight of the album and the song which really shows how far DwR has come is Mattie's Jam/Shake the Barnhouse Down, a Dead-style jam morphing into one of the best and rockin'est tracks from This Old World, then morphing into jam, part deux, and then morphing back into a Barnhouse coda finale. This track would not have been possible when This Old World was recorded (without the help of studio musicians, anyway) but here it is. We get Deadwood Revival in the whole here, all 11+ minutes of it, and they get a chance to prove themselves as musicians and a band. While Mogi and Trenerry are the songwriting and vocal core, Ches Ferguson and Julie Campbell are the much welcome added power. The sound is fuller, the musical possibilities greatly enhanced and the level heightened.

Unfortunately, DwR have kept themselves fairly isolated in the Pac Northwest. Maybe they have their reasons (life on the road is not that much fun and, who knows, there may be family), but I would hate to think that they don't travel because they're not asked. I wrote a review of This Old World and said in no uncertain terms that if I was booking a folk festival or needed an acoustic act for a rock festival, they would be at the top of my list. They still are. Now that they have a live album, maybe booking agents will hear it. Maybe they'll get a chance to expand their territory. Know what? This live album was a good idea. If they'd been smart, they would have listened to me earlier.

- Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange


"Magnificent Vocal Blend, Brilliant Banjo"

The most amazing thing about this duo is their ability to sound much bigger than two people playing two instruments. Between the two of them, they actually play many instruments and sometimes it sounds like they’re playing them all at once! Kim Trenerry (Guitar (incredible!) Vocals (awesome) Bass) and Jason Mogi (Banjo-incredible! Slide banjo (a new one on me and very cool!) Vocals, Guitar, and Harmonica) call home Port Angeles, WA., just up the road from me and have been playing together for about 10 years. Eight out of the twelve selections on this wonderful CD are original and reflect the diverse musical background which brought these two fine musicians together. They have a magnificent vocal blend anchored by Kim’s powerful voice complemented by the softer yet perfect pitch of Jason Mogi. Jason does some incredible things with the banjo, getting sounds out of the instrument that are unique and captivating in his use of a slide on his banjo in “Roscoe Stomp”. They both let loose in a rousing rendition of gospel favorite, “Fully Saved Today”. Jason wowed me again with his banjo brilliance using a fretless “gourd banjo” on his original instrumental “Down to the Wire”. This is just simply a GREAT CD, with mostly original music written and performed by two very talented people. With an aggressive gig schedule including two appearances at Wintergrass, these incredible local musicians are going to hit it BIG and have appearances scheduled all over Western Washington. Don’t miss this one! Pick up a copy of their CD on the website- www.deadwoodrevival.com . - Washington Bluegrass Assn~ Steve Derebey, SPRING, 2007


Discography

RELEASED IN JUNE, 2009
Deadwood Revival- SAT 730... all live cuts! with all four artists!!

RELEASED Dec, 2007 Deadwood Revival's second cd, THIS OLD WORLD with 8 original songs and 4 traditional pieces. DwR was still a Kim&Jason duo.

Deadwood Revival (then a duo of Kim&Jason) released their DEBUT CD, Deadwood Revival on June 1, 2005.
The disc includes 13 tracks, 10 of which are original.

The CD's have received airplay on
KHUM - Humboldt County
KBCS - Seattle WA
KMPS - Seattle, WA
KUOW- Seattle, WA
KAOS - Olympia, WA
Village 900 in Victoria, BC
KBOO - Portland
KLCC - Eugene, OR
KRVM - Eugene
KSOW- Cottage Grove, OR
NWPR- Inland Folk aired over 45
in Washington
KZFR in Chico
Shoot Your Radio Show in CALIF.
JPR-public radio-northern Calif.
KZSU - Stanford CA
WKJC the Michigan Grapevine Opry
KBZC in New Jersey
KPVL in Postville, IA. (LOTS)
and probably some we don't even know about

BAND CDs:
Tongue and Groove (debut CD), 2001
airplay (STILL!!) on Village900 in Victoria BC.
Live! Thanks for the Ride, 2002
Jam, 2003

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NOMINATED: ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR, 2009
by Just Plain Folks!!!
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WINNER~ 2009 Peoples Choice Award at the WINTER FOLK FESTIVAL in Florence, OR
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WINNER~2005 NW STRING SUMMIT BAND COMPETITION
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BIO/HISTORY
Deadwood Revival creates some of the most unassuming, honest "feel good" music filled with the spirit of old-time Appalachia, soulful American roots, jam-band improvisation and a whole lotta hootenanny! Deadwood Revival came onto the scene as a duo in early 2005 when Kim Trenerry and Jason Mogi, after years of co-fronting their own folk rock jam band, found a new love...that of old-time Appalachian music. Combining their rock background with old-time gave Kim and Jason their reputation as "one of the hottest duos around" and became one of the first duos to ever win the Northwest String Summit Band Competition (2005). Hundreds of concerts and festivals, four west coast tours, and two cd's later...Kim and Jason reconnected with long time friend, bassist Ches Ferguson in June 2007 and the duo became a trio. In late 2007, former "Looking Glass" fiddler, Julie Campbell, came on board. The foursome enjoyed a nice run until Sept of 2011 when Ferguson and Campbell left the band to pursue other interests. But... in stepped the current bass player for DwR, Paul Stehr-Green. After several years in his "other" career as a doctor of epidemiology, Paul came back to the music scene as the bass player for Port Angeles band "Supertrees" and in Oct 2011 became the DwR groovemeister.

THE MUSIC
Jason's clean, percussive clawhammer banjo or soulful acoustic guitar work coupled with his homemade "stomp board", along with Kim's driving rhythm on acoustic guitar and Paul's rock solid grooves is the musical backdrop for Kim and Jason's powerhouse vocal harmonies that give Deadwood Revival its unique and unmistakable sound. And the addition of Paul means the addition of a beautiful third part harmony on some tunes as well. DwR continues to expand their musical horizons by adding a few new things to the mix...Jason has been toying around a bit with a loop station creating layers of rhythms from which to build heightened improvisational jams and Kim has been getting funky with the addition of a wah-wah pedal! Needless to say, Jason, Kim and Paul are musically inspired by one another and the pure joy they have in playing music with one another is evident.

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FESTIVAL/VENUE HIGHLIGHTS:
Dead on the Creek, Willits, CA
American Music Festival, Brookings. OR
Wintergrass, Tacoma
Adventure Bluegrass, Stevenson, WA
High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA
NW String Summit -Hornings Hideout, OR
Winter Folk Festival-Florence, OR
Long Beach Bluegrass Festival, WA
Amboy Bluegrass Festival - Amboy, WA
Bluegrass in the Forest - Shelton, WA
NW Folklife Festival- Seattle, WA
San Francisco Bluegrass OldTime Festival
Seattle Folklore Society Concert
Snowgrass in Port Angeles
Yakima Folklife Assn Concert
Juan de Fuca Festival- Port Angeles, WA
Washington Brewers Festival - Kenmore, WA
Music in the Park Concerts, Olympia, WA
Oregon State Univ. Concerts, Corvallis, OR
Leavenworth Acoustic Music Festival
Pine Stump Symphony, Winthrop, WA. .
Fremont Fair, Seattle
Yakima Seasons Concerts
Concert In The Cove, Coupeville, WA
Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival - Coupeville, WA
University Street Fair - Seattle, WA
...and venues in Seattle, Yakima, Olympia, Portland, Ashland, Eugene, Corvallis, San Francisco, Arcata, Eureka, Chico, South Lake Tahoe, Tucson, Boulder, Atlanta and more...

REFERENCES:
*Dead On The Creek: John Phillips, Organizer
jphillips@pacific.net
*American Music Festival: Perry Divine, Organizer
perry@perrydevine.com
*The Seasons Yakima: Tor Blaisdell, Managing Director
tor@theseasonsyakima.com
*LongBeach Bluegrass Fest.: Ruth Ann Hocking, Organizer
rahocking@lighthouseproperty.com
*Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts: Dan Maguire, Ex Dir.
jffa@olypen.com
*Bluegrass from the Forest: Greg Linder, Coordinator
thelin@hctc.com