The Dustbowl Revival | Holy Ghost Station (s/r)

 

cd dustbowl-revivalThey make good use of a wide range of instruments so that each song has a distinctively different sound.

 

 

Normally I’m not a great fan of eclectic bands, but The Dustbowl Revival’s EP Holy Ghost Station (8 tunes at just under 32 minutes) is so exuberant and fun that they won me over. On their website, the band describes themselves as a “roots/jazz collective that merges old school bluegrass, swamp-gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s” and that’s a better description than anything I can come up with. (If I absolutely had to choose a label for this group, I’d go with jug band.)

The EP opens with an up-tempo tune, “That Old Dustbowl,” followed by the bluesy “Holy Ghost Station.” “Lowdown Blues” sounds like something you’d hear from a street band inNew Orleans, then vocalist Caitlyn Doyle gives a modern blues reading to “What You’re Doing to Me.” “Le Bataillon” features call-and-response singing with a strong march beat; “Solid Gone” has a modern bluegrass sound; “Western Passage” features some fancy guitar-picking; and “No Anchor Rag” is an energetic gospel number.

Holy Ghost Station features a lot of musicians (on the EP jacket, 14 are listed in “The Dustbowl Collective” and 4 more as special guests), and they make good use of a wide range of instruments so that each song has a distinctively different sound. This band plays original material in a variety of styles, and they play it so well you’ll have a hard time not getting up and dancing (so think twice about listening to this at work). B+ | Sarah Boslaugh

RIYL: Jug band music, barnyard frolic

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