Folk Soul Revival, Poor Old Shine
3227 N. Davidson St.
Doors 10:00 PM / Show 10:30 PM
Watch & Listen
Folk Soul Revival
For the past seven years Folk Soul Revival has produced four albums independently, amassed a significant and loyal fan base lovingly referred to as “The Congregation,” and reached the pinnacle of what some may consider “regional” success, selling out venues across the southeast from Washington, D.C, and beyond. The band’s latest album, Out of the Box, is the band’s most cohesive and ambitious project to date, one that has the band prepping for a life on the road versus a 9 to 5 and gigging on the weekends.
Barry Bales (Alison Krauss & Union Station, Earls of Leicester) was introduced to Folk Soul Revival through his wife, who is a big fan. He stepped in to produce Out of the Box on little more than good-word-of-mouth.
“When there’s an opportunity to produce a band as good as Folk Soul who has that level of talent, that was a win.” said Bales. “I definitely think they have the potential to be as popular and as well received as anybody in Americana.”
Folk Soul Revival’s radio-ready lyrics, driving melodies, and the distinct, velvety vocals of front man Daniel Davis have garnered the band much success with high profile gigs opening for the likes of Travis Tritt, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, Justin Townes Earle, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and more. The band is a favorite act at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and has also performed at Floydfest and a number of major festivals across the southeast. FSR is also the only act given license to play drums at the esteemed Carter Family Fold, they’ve been told.
“We want to be successful,” says Davis. “We want to be able to book a show anywhere and know people are going to come and see us. With the addition of Chad don’t think we’ve ever sounded better and it just feels better. He’s not on the album and I’m looking forward to writing songs with him.” They needn’t worry about anyone not showing up. FSR fans are fiercely loyal. Lovingly referred to as "The Congregation," the band’s devoted fan community has climbed to more than 22,000 followers on social media and has generously contributed more than $38,000 to fund the band's last two albums on Kickstarter. The Congregation itself is such a phenomenon that it has been the featured subject of its own review by a best-selling author.
Folk Soul Revival is already hard at work writing their next album with Bales slated to produce. In the meantime, the band is taking time to carefully plan its future.
Folk Soul Revival is at the crossroads of major success or being working class artists. Either way, the band doesn’t measure success by any other standard than to please their fans.
Poor Old Shine
From their handpainted cereal box cd cases to their thoughtful arrangements, Poor Old Shine, a Roots/Americana band from Storrs, CT is about honesty and hand crafted creativity. It's foot stomping, mind racing, dirty bluegrass like you've never heard it before! They travel with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, string bass, cello, a swarm of harmonicas, and a yard-sale-scrap-metal drum set. It's old songs with a new feel, banjos with paint peeled, shoes with holes and treadless soles, and music that is real.
POS' music is rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition and fits in well at bluegrass festivals and sticky rock clubs alike. They have been compared to The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Langhorne Slim, and The Low Anthem because of the changing instrumentation and harmonies. Each set mixes the band's modern songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs, and front porch style jamming.
Poor Old Shine features Chris Freeman (banjo), Max Shakun (guitar, pump organ), Antonio Alcorn (Mandolin, guitar), Harrison Goodale (Bass), Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, tin whistle), and Brian Conlon (drums). All are students at the University of Connecticut. The new band has had the opportunity to play around Connecticut at Toads Place in New Haven, The Space in Hamden, and Sully's in Hartford. They have opened for The Steel Wheels and Monroeville at Bridge Street Live and appeared on WWUH's Caterwaul with Ed Mckeon and The Sunday Night Folk Festival on WHUS with Susan Forbes Hansen.
Now Traveling With:
1 Taylor Acoustic
1 Nylon String flea market original
1 shitty kick drum
1 matching shitty hi-hat
1 Deering Resonator Banjo
1 Brother of the Deering Banjo
1 really old pump organ
1 pretty cool mandolin
1 Rusty Stanley 22" Saw
1 Concertina (Ben's Baby)
Some Tin whistles
1 four string banjo w/ belt strap
Enough harmonicas to make two sets of braces
1 bottle of Jim Beam