An American roots orchestra
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based 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. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show meeting Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven Band in New Orleans or Bob Dylan and Fats Waller jamming with Mumford & Sons on a front porch in 1938. 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 luck. Nashville (not Roanoke) Americana-folk band Roanoke opens.