Dustbowl Revival

Dustbowl Revival

Leslie Stevens

Joel Taylor

Sat, February 17, 2018

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $18.00 / Day of Show Tix $20.00

This event is all ages

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Dustbowl Revival
Dustbowl Revival
The Dustbowl Revival is an Americana Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. Dustbowl is touring behind their self-titled, fourth studio album which spent three weeks on Billboard charts, hit #1 on Amazon Americana-Alt-Country, #2 on Amazon Folk, and spent 16 weeks on the Americana radio chart peaking in the Top 20.

The band was founded in 2008 in the bohemian enclave of Venice Beach, California. Over the last five years Dustbowl has become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band section - opening for bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, touring China as a guest of the state department and headlining festivals like Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and recently Bergenfest (Norway) and Tonder Festival (Denmark). The band received a big wave of attention with their music video that featured famous actor Dick Van Dyke for "Never Had to Go", which garnered over 10 million cumulative views. That video is now airing in an HBO Doc titled "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast" starring Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, and Dick Van Dyke.

While the band has been known for their old-time and bluegrass roots, they have departed from those styles and evolved more into modern soul music. Now, with Producer Grammy Award-winning Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys) who collaborated on the recent album, Dustbowl Revival brings it on, in the good company of neo-Soul contemporaries such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The album delivers eleven hot tracks, dominated by love-triangle funk & soul, tenderized with a nod to the unlikely possibility of true love – i.e. "Honey I Love You", with Grammy Award-winning blues artist Keb’ Mo’ sitting in.

This exhilarating new sound jumps out on the album’s opening tracks, “Call My Name” and “If You Could See Me Now.” Drummer Joshlyn Heffernan and bassist James Klopfleisch lay down a righteous groove that trumpeter Matt Rubin and trombonist Ulf Bjorlin supercharge with their big blasts of horns. This Stax-style soul builds to a pair of showstoppers: “Good Egg” and “The Story.” The former is a dynamic number that showcases Liz Beebe’s sexy, full-throttled vocals as well as Bjorlin’s dirty trombone solo. On “The Story,” Beebe teams with band founder Zach Lupetin for an emotionally charged love song that features some infectious interplay between the horn players and the string-men (mandolinist Daniel Mark and fiddler Connor Vance).
From an Outside Lands Music Festival review, Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.”
Leslie Stevens
Leslie Stevens
"She's got the kind of voice you'll realize you've been waiting to hear since forever." – Chris Ziegler, LA Weekly

"On 'The Donkey and The Rose' she uses her pitch-perfect tone to explore minor key heartbreak and earthly concerns. Its nine songs contemplate nature, love and getting drunk in the afterlife." – Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times

Leslie Stevens’ most recent album "The Donkey and The Rose" was recorded with Grammy-nominated artist Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids. Her upcoming record was produced by Jonathan Wilson.

Leslie's singing is captivating, drawing comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks, Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, and Neko Case. She appears on albums by Brian Wilson, Father John Misty, Jonny Fritz, and Jonathan Wilson as well as upcoming records by Florence + The Machine and Jim James. Leslie has had the privilege of singing live with Lucinda Williams, Dawes, John Fogerty, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Jenny O. and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. She has also performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage and toured nationally with Elizabeth Cook, Roky Erickson & Okkervil River, and The Milk Carton Kids.
Joel Taylor
Joel Taylor
When Sydney, Australia-turned-L.A.-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joel Taylor was born, the doctor turned to his mom and asked about his name. “Like Billy Joel? Is he going to be a piano player?”

Given his birthright, it’s no surprise the answer to that was in the affirmative. Taylor’s grandfather, Kevin Jacobsen, learned to play boogie-woogie piano from Jerry Lee Lewis, performing with his brothers in Col Joye & the Joy Boys, one of Australia’s very first rock bands in the mid-‘50s, before becoming a noted manager, concert and tour promoter Down Under. Joel learned to play New Orleans stride from his mom – who learned it from her dad -- following in the tradition of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Elton John and his namesake.

“’New York State of Mind’ was the first song I ever learned to play,” says Taylor, whose father was a cabaret lounge jazz singer that fronted swing bands in the mid-‘70s.

Like his song, “Two Sides,” Joel is caught between his Australian legacy and his adopted home, leaving at the tender age of 18 to seek his fortune in Hollywood, where, again like his idol, plied his trade at local piano bars for a hundred dollars and the contents of a tip jar, interspersing his own originals with standards. Not just a talent on the ivories, Joel Taylor’s prowess as both a singer and songwriter makes him that rare triple threat.

“Two Sides” is a song which Joel explains is about the two different aspects of his personality. “On the one hand, I’m a very easy-going, gregarious Australian who likes to have a good time,” he says. “But I can also be quiet, extremely introverted, brooding and stuck inside my own head.”

Those “Two Sides” are expressed in the juxtaposition between the recorded version, on which Joel plays all the instruments, except drums, a big full-throttled production, and the video, directed by Courteney Cox, with Taylor all alone on the piano, shot at the new Hollywood magic-themed bar Black Rabbit Rose. Both “Two Sides” and “What Good Is Love” were recorded at various studios on the East Side of L.A., and mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain.

Committed to making it his own way in his adopted home, Joel Taylor has spent his time in Los Angeles building up to this moment. Another reflection of those “Two Sides” represents an Australian who has made a name for himself his new environment. “I don’t think I’m ever going back,” he sings in “Moment’s Notice.” Says Taylor, “I didn’t know how I was going to make it, but I knew I would.”
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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