“On The Ground at New Orleans Jazz Fest”
It was merely gray and humid when a young New Orleans group, the Revivalists, kicked off the day with a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee and, at the end of the set, a barely-R-rated burlesque troupe. Singer-guitarist David Shaw had a dash of Dave Matthews in his crusted tenor, but there was a heavy-rock spring in the Revivalists’ strut, and pedal-steel guitarist Ed Williams added distinctive wah-wah-treated scream to “Appreciate Me” and “Soul’s Too Loud,” both from the group’s new album, Vital Signs.
-David Fricke Senior Editor- Rolling Stone Magazine
“Between David Shaw’s infectious vocals and frontman antics, a powerful horn section, and the uniquely atypical presence of a pedal steel guitar, The Revivalists are delivering a freshly interesting sound to increasing audiences around the country.”
- The Horn
“For The Revivalists, it seems to be one part organic impulses and one part meaning it with every bit of every spontaneous performance that makes their blend of New Orleans-infused funk, rock and soul work.”
- Syracuse New Times
“Theirs is a potent sound: a seven-piece horde playing plenty of the funky R&B you’d expect from the Crescent City, but also a songwriting sensibility that veers folk and
even pop, along with a healthy dose of soul.”
- Glide Magazine
“The Revivalists sow the seeds of New Orleans music, handle alternative rock instead of snakes, and shout their own gospel of community and joy from field tents and elaborate stages.”
- The Pilot
“Coming from a saturated and rich scene, City of Sound is a noteworthy, damn fine record that should vault this intriguing Big Easy band into the spotlight.”
- Relix Magazine
The Revivalists gave an inviting blend of dance-worthy alt-funk and genuine personality that is rarely seen in live performances. When they were really grooving as a unit, the sound was nothing short of sexy. I couldn’t shake the inner voice in my head wishing that more bands would play like this.
-Isaac Rivelle, Seattle Audiophile
What’s unique about The Revivalists is that the band defies categorization. They take elements of rock, soul, country, funk, roots, and folk, throw it in the pot, and cook up an addictive, spicy musical jambalaya. This is a band with solid chops, solid songs, and a range of styles and influences. Their wide array of musical colors and Shaw’s thoughtful lyrics give them a very rich palette to paint from in studio and on stage.
-Greg Roth, Seattle Music Insider
“Ones To Watch”
The Revivalists have become a staple to the ever-evolving New Orleans music scene. Seamlessly crossing back and forth between the indie rock bands and vibrant funk and jazz genres, the Revivalists have taken the city by storm and now they are ready to take their music even further…By incorporating both a pedal steel and saxophone, the band puts an unusual twist on what could be a common sound…the Revivalists combination of unique mixture of flavors manages to produce a sound that bends genre and pushes listeners out of their comfort zone.”
-Madison LaGrone, Where Y’at Magazine
One of the most surprising and greatest performances came from New Orleans band The Revivalists, who played a Saturday afternoon set at this year’s Voodoo Music Experience. Frontman David Shaw’s stage presence and vocals are reminiscent of Adam Levine, with a bravado and confidence that led the Revivalists through one of the strongest sets of the fest as he raced across the stage while an epic soundscape of pedal steel, drums, bass, and sax played behind him. The band mixes indie, alternative country, soul and everything in between effortlessly, earning them accolades and admiration…Look for their next release, produced by Galactic and Trombone Shorty producer Ben Ellman, in early 2012.
-April Siese, Where Y’at Magazine
There’s a fine line between a jam band and a band that jams. New Orleans’ the Revivalists fall into the latter category. The group burst onto the scene in 2008 and honed their chops in 2009, expanding their live set as well as their songbook in the process. After spending some time in the studio, they return with Vital Signs, an album that brims with soulful melodies, explosive jams, and down-home rock ’n’ roll…
-Aarron Lafont, OffBeat Magazine
Jazz Fest Recap
A staple of contemporary New Orleans music, the fusion of genres has become a popular channel for musicians to develop new sounds and to collaborate with the wide-ranging tastes of their fellow bandmates—The Revivalists, for example.
-Carolyn Henegan, New Orleans Live Music Examiner
The Revivalists performed moments before winning a trophy for Best Emerging Band.
Photo by Jose L. Garcia
- Best of The Big Easy Awards – Gambit Magazine, May 2011