The 26th Annual Christmas Jam

October 6th, 2014

We are happy to announce that we’ll be performing at Warren Haynes’ 26th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. We are very excited to share the stage with these amazing musicians and to be a part of such a worthy cause.

VIP tickets go on sale this Thursday, October 9. Pre-sales are available Monday, October 13, followed by the public on sale next Friday, October 17.

Warren Haynes will once again bring his beloved 26th Annual Christmas Jam to Asheville, NC’s US Cellular Center on December 13, 2014. One of the most celebrated and longest-running live concerts in the U.S., the Christmas Jam will benefit the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity for the 16th year in a row. Haynes recently presented the organization with a record-breaking $500,000 in Christmas Jam proceeds from last year’s epic, sold-out Silver Anniversary event.

Each year, the Christmas Jam sets the stage for surprise collaborations, rare appearances and musical sets that rock into the wee hours of the morning. The tradition is sure to continue with this year’s line-up, part of which has been announced today to help mark October 6th as World Habitat Day. Artists scheduled to perform (listed alphabetically) are Billy & The Kids (a new group formed by Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann with Aaron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) & Tom Hamilton (American Babies, Brothers Past) Gov’t Mule, Hard Working Americans(featuring Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly & Duane Trucks), Jason Isbell with his band, The Revivalists and Vince Gill. This will be Kreutzmann’s second appearance at the event, having previously performed in 2005 as part of a one-time only supergroup with Phish’s Trey Anastasio & Mike Gordon. Jason Isbell, who will be making his triumphant return to Christmas Jam after a seven-year absence, recently swept The Americana Awards, nabbing Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Cover Me Up”), as well as the night’s top honor: Album of the Year, for his post-sobriety triumph Southeastern. This will be Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill’s first Christmas Jam appearance despite Gill and Haynes having tried to make it work in the past and schedules not working out until now. Gill has sold more than 26 million albums and is a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year. He has earned 20 Grammy Awards (the most of any country artist) and is tied with George Straight for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards.

Good Night Magazine: A Word with The Revivalists

October 3rd, 2014

Everyone has that one band. When you see them perform, they never cease to amaze you. As you see the smoke fuse out during their arrival and as fluorescent colors from the stage lights rise from the floor, you begin to think this is all just a rock n’ roll dream. Whether it’s Phish, Dave Matthews, Paramore, Umphrey’s McGee, hell, even Justin Bieber (no judgment here…you do you, man), we all know that feeling. Their songs never get tired, and each new release is like a personal gift wrapped to perfection, ribbons and all. The Revivalists are my version of that band.

The Revivalists are a seven-piece band from New Orleans jamming out rock n’ roll infused with some funk and jazz sounds. You can imagine my excitement when I received a phone call from my editor explaining that I got the interview and I needed to leave for the show ASAP! I hit the road for the SoConFest at Mercer University, and I was welcomed by the band’s down-to-Earth attitudes and clear passion for making music. The Revivalists consist of Ed Williams on pedal-steel guitar, David Shaw on vocals, Zack Fienberg on guitar, Rob Ingraham on sax, George Gekas on bass, Andrew Campanelli on drums, and Michael Giradot on keys and trumpet. At the show, each instrument performed a stellar solo that really showed how talented each member was. Between the smooth sounds of the pedal-steel and the funk-infused vocals and sax made for nothing short of a dance-filled night. Make sure to catch these guys while they’re touring up and down the East Coast for the next few months, and I promise you will be glad you did! Check out my interview with them here and give their new album City of Sound a listen to find out why they rock this beautiful world!

Good Night Magazine: How did you guys come up with your name? I know ‘revival’ has some religious connotations to it. Was that on purpose?
The Revivalists: That wasn’t intentional. We were watching 60 Minutes and there was this segment on Bruce Springsteen that described his concerts as having a “revivalist fervor.” Musical “revival” is seen a lot in New Orleans and with older styles of music.

GNM: Yeah, I saw you guys were from New Orleans. How does that influence your style?
REV: We kind of moved out there for college and we appreciate old rock, but the New Orleans funk and jazz scenes really opened our eyes to that kind of flavor of music. I think we’re a rock band but we do have a hidden New Orleans rhythm thing goin’ on. There’s not much you can do about avoiding it when you’re down there. We grew up listening to New Orleans bands in college and it gets in the way you play when you hear it. There’s music everywhere in town.

GNM: That’s awesome. One of my favorite songs by you guys is “Soul Fight”; I was wondering what made you want to write that song?
REV: Dave wrote it and can answer that one for you.
Dave: Yeah I was going through a lot of stuff. I was 22. It was actually the first song I ever finished. You know, it has a lot of meaning. It was all about these things in my life — issues, drugs — that were all colliding at the same time. The song’s mainly dealing with when you think you have something inside of you that is inherently good and what you’re showing to the outside world isn’t necessarily that…so “Soul Fight” is that, that fight that’s inside of you.

Continue Reading at GoodNightMagazine.com

David Shaw Acoustic Appearance New Orleans – 10/2

September 26th, 2014

Our own David Shaw will be making a very special acoustic appearance before Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers take the stage at Tipitina’s in New Orleans on 10/02. Hope to see you out there early!

Tickets are on sale now at Tipitinas.com

David Shaw - Nicki Bluhm

The Revivalists’ Kick Off Fall Tour at Mobile’s “St. Practice Day” Celebration

September 25th, 2014

Shari Hartmann, JamsPlus.com

Revivaliss-Mobile-OdalysThe Revivalists then turned up the heat on an already steamy evening. Bounding on stage, David Shaw yelling “Mobile! You ready to get down!” Their near two hour set was pure energy from start to finish. Opening with “Chase’s House” they had fans dancing immediately as Shaw covered the stage, moving from one corner to the next, leaning out over the crowd, one leg propped on the speakers. But he wasted no time jumping down, greeting the devotees in the front row. Shaw’s dynamic presence, coupled with his powerful, soulful vocals, gets the party rocking and the hearts thumping!

But it’s not just Shaw. The entire band commands the stage with potently engaging energy. Pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams is sitting, he’s standing, wait… he’s kneeling… ON the guitar as he leans it forward! You are sure he’s going to topple over any second, yet he remains in full control of his playing. Michael Girardot’s, who’s keys are set up behind guitarist Zach Feinberg and Rob Ingraham on sax, runs out to the front of the stage and jumps on a speaker. You’d think it was all a gimmick, but it’s not. Yes, it’s a masterful stage presence, but it also seems to come naturally. These guys are truly having great time and want their fans to be as excited as they are. On this night there was no doubting the crowd’s exuberance or band’s honest vitality.

But all that energy can come to naught if the music isn’t there… And here is where the band’s authenticity makes it all come together. The band seemed more at home on stage than I have ever seen them and that seemed to translate into their music as well. They sounded tighter, more in tune with each other, and more at ease in their solos and jams than I have heard them in the few years I’ve been following them. They flowed seamlessly from “Concrete” to “Not Turn Away” to “Sunny Days” with the precision of the seasoned performers they have become. Zach Feinberg offered up robust, roaring guitar solos in “Concrete” as did Ed Williams’ stingingly unique pedal steel in the “Shake jam” and Rob Ingraham’s seductive sax in “Sunny Days.” Bassist George Gekas and drummer Andrew Campanelli held it all together throughout the night, demonstrating precisely powerful chops, especially during the fabulously funky “When I’m Able”> “Sexy M.F”.

Continue reading at JamsPlus.com

The Revivalists Bringing New Orleans Funk to Asheville

September 25th, 2014

By Jason Gilmer For the Herald-Journal

There’s no need to listen closely to find The Revivalists’ New Orleans roots. It’s front and center on some songs.

“We try to keep it real as much as possible,” singer Dave Shaw said. “We try to play what we feel, and New Orleans music gets into your soul. We don’t really try, it just happens that way.

“It just feels good. When you’ve been introduced to something that makes you feel good, you just want to play that.”

The Revivalists and The Black Cadillacs play at 10 p.m. Thursday at Asheville Music Hall in Asheville, N.C.

Shaw, Zack Feinberg (guitar), George Gekas (bass), Ed Williams (pedal steel guitar), Rob Ingraham (saxophone), Andrew Campanelli (drums) and Michael Girardot (keyboards, trumpet) have been playing together since 2007.

Two years ago, they self-released “City of Sound,” and it didn’t take long for a label to find them.

Continue Reading at GoUpState.com

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