The Old Souls Revival | Young at Heart

OSRPBSTL 75There’s something interesting about having the potential to connect with people like never before, not only as an artist, but no matter what you do.



I met The Old Souls Revival at Venice Café Open Mic, very energetic fellows with a real love of music. I got to hear a couple of good originals and a great Neil Young cover, and was more than a little impressed. The band includes Neil C. Luke (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Moss (lead guitar), Dustin Rademacher (upright and electric bass), and Jeremy Reidy (drums). I took the opportunity to ask a few questions and shoot a few photos.


Tell me the brief history of your band.

NL: Pete had a vision that involved certain players for a cover band to make some extra bread, so he got us all together and we started practicing a few nights a week. I brought in a few songs that I’d been working on and we all decided this could be more than a cover band.

Why did you pick your band name?

NL: The band name says everything you need to know about this group of musicians. We’re not ashamed of it.

JR: The name came out of our respect for our roots and backgrounds.

How did you form?

JR: We formed with the common goal to make music that we love and that doesn’t exist in a certain respect.

Why did you decide to play the genre of music you do?

NL: We never really sat down and decided that we were going to play a specific genre of music. I think that we’re all on the same page insofar as we do what serves the song at hand. Whenever you set your parameters to a certain genre, that can be restrictive and we like to wear all our influences on our sleeves.

JR: We fell into our genre by just playing and writing with no boundaries.

How long have you been playing?

NL: As a group, we’ve been playing for a little longer than 18 months.

What was the first song you learned?

NL: The first two songs we worked out arrangements for were Tom Waits’ “New Coat of Paint” and the traditional “Midnight Rider.”

Who are your musical influences?

NL: A lot of the usual suspects, like John Prine, Dylan, Springsteen, Tom Waits. The Stones, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding.

How do you describe your music to people who’ve never heard you before?

NL: Rock ’n’ Roll without an agenda. Although we understand that this becomes an agenda itself, we’re just trying to stay true to our influences and more importantly to ourselves.

Who is the primary songwriter?

NL: So far, I’ve written the lyrics and the melodies, and usually what I bring in is a barebones melody or lyrical idea and after that, the arrangement is fair game, which is to say that everyone has a hand in what will become of the arrangement.

What is your songwriting process?

NL: Every song is different, so I’m not so sure that I have one process. For certain songs, it’s good to finish in the moment the inspiration hits you, and other times I find it necessary to let it marinate. No matter what, though, I just try and trust that I was being genuine in my original efforts and intent, which is something we’re trying to tap into

How important is social media to your band’s promotion? What are the pros and cons?

NL: There’s something interesting about having the potential to connect with people like never before, not only as an artist, but no matter what you do to a part of any given community. The connectivity is definitely a pro.

How many albums do you have out?

NL: Late last year we released our debut full length album, Common Ground.

What’s the best and worst thing about playing clubs?

NL: The best thing about playing clubs is making new friends and getting to share a unique cathartic moment with them. The worst part is loading all our gear in the early hours of the a.m.

And now for the question I know my readers are dying to know the answer to. Do you believe in Bigfoot—or as we call him locally, Momo the Monster?

NL: You gotta respect the tourism bureau’s every attempt to keep people interested in coming to the area. Momo, if you’re reading this, we’d love to have you as our mascot.

Tell us about your next shows and what other projects you’ve got coming up?

NL: Our next show show is coming up June 7 with the Bible Belt Sinners at the Engine Room. | DL Hegel

Photos by DL Hegel shot at the Venice Café in St. Louis.

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