A new direction for an American roots ensemble
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The Dustbowl Revival has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. In many ways, they could have continued creating joyful, booty-shaking songs and cut-to-heart folk-rock ballads that lift up their transcendent live shows—and mining new energetic material from the place where folk music, funk, and soul meet. But the band’s newest album, "Is It You, Is It Me," is something different entirely. Produced by Sam Kassirer [Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter] and engineered by Brian Joseph [Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens], it represents the latest stage in a band that never stops evolving and refuses to stand still. The album tackles uneasy topics—often where the political feels personal, especially in the defiant "Get Rid of You," which was inspired by the student activists who emerged from the tragic Parkland High School shooting in Florida. The ominous driving brass groove of "Enemy" hones in on a painful generational split between a daughter and her parents who may have voted in a tyrant, and have become strangers to her. This yearning search for common ground pervades the record as a whole.