Dustbowl Revival are an eight-piece Americana Soul band from Venice, CA.
Dustbowl’s fourth studio album, which is self-titled, was produced by Flogging Molly founding member and Grammy winning producer Ted Hutt, and features Grammy winning blues legend Keb’ Mo’. The album was released last summer via Signature Sounds Recordings to glowing reviews, five radio chart debuts, and two Billboard chart debuts on the Heatseekers Chart and Americana-Folk Chart. While the band launched with an old-time style and deeper bluegrass roots, they recently departed toward a more modern soul sound, still with their mixture of New Orleans sounds, Americana, a little blues, and roots-rock. The album has over 3 million streams on Spotify and the band had 260K+ monthly listeners for six months. In late 2017 they were honored with a special night sharing their story and music at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Over the last five years Dustbowl has toured over 200 days per year and become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band section. They’ve opened for bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, toured China as a guest of the state department and headlined festivals like Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, 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. Subsequently the band, song, and video were featured in HBO doc, If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast which stars Jerry Seinfeld, Dick Van Dyke, and Mel Brooks.
As those who have been fortunate enough to catch them in full flight will testify, a Jaywalkers show is an exhilarating experience. UK-based they may be but many from the other side of the Atlantic have complimented them on their particularly stylish delivery of this virtuosic brand of Americana. These three outstanding musicians have developed a tight bond, demonstrated through their well-crafted, tasteful arrangements and ability to bounce ideas around the stage. The combination of powerhouse bass, flame-fingered mandolin, blistering fiddle and three-part harmony pack a punch as fiery as Jay’s lead vocals and make a fuller sound than expected from an acoustic trio.
This year, Jaywalkers are on a full UK tour to support the release of their new album ‘Time to Save the World’, released on the 5th November 2018. This is their 4th studio album, recorded during the peak of the 2018 summer heatwave with the extremely talented Josh Clark as producer, it is Jaywalkers’ finest body of work to date. Featuring 10 original songs (and a Johnny Cash cover for good measure) their new music plays on the strengths of each member all encompassed by Mike’s musically crafted and lyrically perceptive song writing. From tales of (almost) getting stuck up a mountain in Colorado (Rescue Me), to the ups and downs of life on the road (How Many Whiskeys?) and the feeling that a songwriter is always delicately balanced on the tightrope between creativity and despair (This Is The One), this provides a real snapshot of where Jaywalkers are at on their musical journey. As well as the personal stories on the album, the not-so-subtle title of the CD, “Time To Save The World,” is derived from track 3, “This Time” which is a discussion of just a few of the ways we are damaging the natural environment around us (climate change, modern warfare, wildlife poaching), but focuses more positively on the prospect that there might still an opportunity to turn things around if we make the right choices, this time.
Jaywalkers are a real melting pot of their collective inspirations and the influences of their musical upbringings. This is evident in their live sets which come to life in their use of Country heartbreak and Bluegrass dynamism applied to issues of the modern day and life as a touring band…mostly stuck on the M6.
Ash Mountain is the name of Manchester songwriter Tim Scott’s rotating band of musicians. Somewhat reinvigorated after recruiting the vocal and writing talents of singer Matt Jones in 2018, soon after the now settled line-up released their EP – Boom. October 2019 sees the band release their second EP – Black Gold, co-produced and mixed by longterm collaborator Dave Scott (Oasis, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ian McNabb)
The band cite everything from The Stones & Dylan to Townes Van Zandt & Calexico as influences, it’s great to hear a Manchester band who’re willing to push the Americana-envelope without sounding dated or derivative.
“Highly enjoyable …even better when you crank it up!” Americana UK
Staring into the Manchester drizzle you’d be hard pushed not to dream of sunnier climes. In the case of Ash Mountain, the band couldn’t afford the airfare, so it’s a tequila drenched desert scene of an imagined America for them.