THE STATESBORO REVUE

If we’re honest, the true weight of any band or artist is chiefly determined by how they translate to us in a live performance setting. Can they breach that intangible border between the stage and the gathered onlookers? Can they slip in like a steady rising state of inebriation, steal our attention, lift our emotions, and ultimately draw us into their world? Does their energy continue to vibrate within us well after the last chords have been played and our daily life comes to reclaim us? These are probably some of the questions one writer from Rolling Stone Magazine had running through his head before he proclaimed The Statesboro Revue as one of the highlights of the 2009 South By Southwest Conference and Festival. The Statesboro Revue goes back to 2008, but the evolving vision of front man and primary songwriter Stewart Mann goes back much further. It’s a journey down many roads, leading from Texas to Tennessee, to California and back, all in a search for that perfect, unspoiled place for his music to grow roots. Year after year, city after city, it became clear that those roots had taken hold on stage and from there grew into a groove orientated, old school roots rock and roll band, the likes of which has not been seen in quite some time.

Never being afraid to aim high, The Statesboro Revue released their debut album, DIFFERENT KIND OF LIGHT, which was produced by GRAMMY Award-Winner David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Govt Mule) in 2009. Hitting the Texas Music Chart with 2 Top 20 singles, the AAA Chart with a Top 75, and the Americana Chart with a Top 40, the blues rock effort quickly drew a dedicated fan base to their stages, but was just a prelude to the tour de force that is their latest album, RAMBLE ON PRIVILEGE CREEK, which was released on April 16th, 2013. Described by Mann as earthier and catchier, the latest album is pure living energy that winds through light and lofty atmospheres down through the depths of sweet Celtic miseries and over to angry growls through clenched teeth...all without ever losing that gypsy pulsation that is the very definition of rock and roll. “This album is extremely broad in subject matter and style, in musicality and production, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve always strived to create a sound that doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel; merely merge the little idiosyncrasies of all my influences and shape them in a manner that might someday be looked upon as my own, unique sound. I think this record is as close as I have ever been to accomplishing that goal.” In just over 18 months since its' release, Ramble On Privilege Creek reached #5 on the European Americana Chart, #25 on the U.S. Americana Chart, and yielded 3 Top 20 Texas Chart singles as well as 1 Top 10. Needless to say the impact this record had only furthers the band's reputation as a roots-rock powerhouse. Reminiscent of singers from decades past, Stewart Mann’s soulful voice is both evident and familiar. His seasoned timbre is well- worn, but polished enough to have landed him the starring role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, which opened to 15 consecutive sell out crowds at the historic Cameo Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Joining Stewart is younger brother Garrett Mann, the tasty, lick oriented lead guitar player who holds down the fort then lets loose when the song calls for it. On bass guitar is Berklee alum Nick Casillo, providing backbone and foundation, all while mixing in melodic leads and runs that only a player of his experience can imagine. Drummer Kris Schoen’s ability to both drive the tunes and lay down a lazy snare for the slow groove furthers the dancing frenzy that ensues at a Statesboro Revue show. With a brand new record being produced by Gordy Quist and Scott Davis of The Band of Heathens expected to be released in early 2015, and their 4th international tour in the last 18 months, The Statesboro Revue show no signs of slowing down their relentless pursuit of a worldwide fan base and their authentic, innovative approach to reviving a timeless sound. The all-star list of shared stages more than hints that this all-inclusive working band is truly worth their weight. The Statesboro Revue has played with the Los Lonely Boys, The Wailers, the Allman Brothers Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Whiskey Myers, Dirty River Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Robinson, Ryan Bingham, Reckless Kelly, Turnpike Troubadours, Randy Rogers Band, Bob Schneider, War, Arrested Development, Eli Young Band, Marshall Tucker Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Will Hoge.

 

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