Dustbowl Revival

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 good luck.

Almost hard to believe it all came together from a luckily placed Craiglist ad...

With an enthusiastic and growing national following, DBR released their first LP “You Can’t Go Back To The Garden of Eden” to rave reviews. Their tune “Dan’s Jam”, received Americana Song Of The Year honors by the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits, Ozzy Osbourne judging). The group has placed songs in several independent films and TV projects including “Made In China” (IFC) which won SXSW, and in an upcoming episode of FOX’s AMERICAN IDOL. National radio play includes LA’s KCRW and KCSN, Austin’s KGSR, SF’s KPFA and Seattle’s taste-making KEXP.

Their EP + vinyl 7’’ "Holy Ghost Station" was released in the summer of 2011 under the auspices of Raymond Richards with Rockets Red Glare (Local Natives) and throughout the last two years Dustbowl played with artists as diverse as The Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz band, Trombone Shorty, Best Coast, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers and more, hosting shows from Chicago to Seattle, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Anchorage and San Diego as well as playing festivals like Outside Lands, Musikfest, Lightning In a Bottle, Make Music Pasadena and The New LA Folk Festival.

2014 is set to be a banner year for the band. Their 2013 album Carry Me Home (produced by Eric Lilavois) is rising on the folk charts. Merging their vintage style with a hip, lose-your-troubles-and-start-moving vibe, the record perfectly encompasses the band’s upbeat message. Beautiful blue vinyls are now for sale too. After touring the east coast and midwest in 2013, the band also made an appearance at The Mountain Song Bluegrass Cruise to The Bahamas (Punch Brothers, David Grisman). Stops in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada helped spread the word across the west and they will be planning extended national tours in the new year. April to the midwest, May to the pacific northwest and June to the east coast! A new Daytrotter mini-album just dropped and can be found HERE.

"Down-dirty, bump-and-grind, moaning-and-groaning blues roots music. I'm thinking that these guys are channeling R.L. Burnside or some other departed Hill-country or Delta blues master."
— Tampa Blue, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange



"Whiskey-soaked deep woods field holler for the modern age."
— Willie Nile

"Ruben Dobbs has done a masterful job evoking the spirit of Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker on his new album, "SWAMPCANDY". You get the feeling he's been down to the crossroads. He is a man possessed"
— Bob Waugh - Program Director, WRNR-FM

"Ruben Dobbs channels raw blues power with aggressive slide guitar playing and robust vocals that bring to mind the ghosts of Son House and Leadbelly."
— Cary Wolfson - "Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge"

Swampcandy has shared their aggressive, stomping Mississippi Delta Blues and cross-genre sets locally, nationally and internationally —Including: the Baltimore/Annapolis/Wash. D.C. & Virginia area, and venturing even further to Philly, NYC, Chicago, Minnesota, Colorado & the San Francisco Bay Area. This unforgettable, rock your boots band, has even amazed the ears for fans throughout the U.K.!
In the midst of Swampcandy's overflowing schedule, this unique duo is no where near slowing down . In addition to creating new material to consistently please their ever growing fan base , they are also gearing up for and are excited to announce their upcoming 10/2011, US South East Tour, which will flow down the East Coast to the Florida Keys in order to grow their fan base in the region and spread their music.
Swampcandy was started as a solo project by Ruben Dobbs in 2007, after years of playing and fronting bands that ranged from Zappaesque to Americana to Pop Metal. In 2010 Swampcandy added Joey Mitchell, a talented upright bass player that plays kick drum. He is sought after regionally for his skills on the bass ranging from Jazz to Bluegrass and everything in between. The signature sound of Swampcandy is found within their ability to shift tempo and dynamics in order to emphasize lyrical content. To watch them play one would think they share a brain.
While Mississippi Delta Blues is the back bone of the Swampcandy sound, the vast pallet of Ruben Dobbs, as a song writer, brings a rainbow of influences to the table to create a stimulating performance free from the cookie cutter sound of an artist strictly tied to one genre. In their non-blues tunes hints of old country, old time and bluegrass can be found as well as gypsy jazz and more modern influences like Radio Head and Gillian Welch. His voice and lyrics speak to the listener from the depths of experience. The sound comes from the mountain. from the farm, from the swamp and from an honest pure place where nothing can hide.

$12 in advance $15 Day of the show

Tickets

Old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Online sales stop at 5pm day of show then tix avail at door unless posted as sold out

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