The Dustbowl Revival, Special guest Charlie Faye - 7/10
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
About The Dustbowl Revival
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 men…and 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
About Charlie Faye
On January 1st, 2010, Charlie Faye pulled out of her hometown of Austin, Texas, to embark on a modern bohemian adventure. In 10 months, Charlie made her home in 10 different towns; Tucson, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR, Boulder, CO, Shreveport, LA, Burlington, VT, Milwaukee, WI, Nashville, TN, Asheville, NC, and New York, NY.
When asked why she would chose to tour in this unusual way, Charlie answers: "Ask any musician, on returning from a tour, 'How was Seattle? What was Chicago like? - and they'll tell you: "I don't know, man, we just loaded out of the van and played... and then got back in the van and kept driving."
But Charlie didn't want to just skim the surface. Instead of landing in a city, playing a show, and taking off the next day, Charlie spent a month actually getting to know the people and personality of each place she made her home.
Traveling alone, Charlie put together a new band in each town. Playing and hanging out with musicians in each town gave Charlie a really unique perspective on our national music culture.
Charlie also wrote and recorded a new song with local musicians each month. Her 10-Town-made Travels with Charlie record includes members of Calexico, the Eagles, and Navarro, as well as Tony Gilkyson, Paul Bryan, Ian Moore, Chris Scruggs, Kenny Vaughn, Buddy Spicher, and Malcolm Burn. Each song, when recorded, was allowed to take the form of what naturally happened in that place and time. The result is a record that represents a real cross-section of our national Americana music scene.
Somehow, in addition to all her travels, Charlie has become one of Austin's most recognized music community organizers. A front-page story in the Austin American Statesman outlined Charlie's efforts to save a musicians' enclave of cottages in South Austin. Charlie's history also includes touring as a sideman with Dan Zanes and Greg Garing, as well as playing alongside many others, including Natalie Merchant, Bettysoo, and Will Sexton.
Charlie's newest release, You Were Fine, You Weren't Even Lonely, was recorded in L.A. with Jay Bellerose and Jen Condos (Ray LaMontagne, Sam Philips). Now, when Charlie isn't employing her local bands, she'll play solo, plugging her guitar into a 70's Califone record player that functions as an amp. In place of a live band, she'll spin just Bellerose and Condos' drum and bass parts on a record behind her, and groove with her favorite rhythm section on vinyl.