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. 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.
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.
"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 menand 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." - LA TIMES
"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
Based out of Venice, California, the Dustbowl Revival are a large string and brass ensemble whose colorful combination of swing, bluegrass, jazz, and Americana have earned them a national following. The core group was formed in 2007 by bandleader and principal songwriter Zach Lupetin, who placed a craigslist ad searching for collaborators and instrumentalists. Known for their rowdy, energetic live shows, the group's lineup has has swelled to as large as 15 members including various horns, mandolin, banjo, accordion, clarinet, and the dueling vocals of Lupetin and co-vocalist Liz Beebe. Their first LP, 2011's Holy Ghost Station, introduced on record their versatile sound with an emphasis on old-timey rave-ups and early gospel and swing. A follow-up called Carry Me Home arrived in 2013 and followed a similar path as they continued to mix brass band music with old-time string styles and big group vocals. Their third album, 2015's With a Lampshade On took a more direct approach, capturing the band live on-stage in San Francisco and L.A. While not necessarily a proper concert album, the record also features the Dustbowl Revival live in the studio in New York and is the most honest presentation of their sound yet. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi