With the release of Take Good Care last year (via Loma Vista Recordings), The Revivalists continued their musical expedition and New Orleans tradition of throwing everything into the pot to produce their own melodic gumbo.
As proof positive that these New Orleans influences vary widely among the members of The Revivalists, they recently spoke with Clash to detail their impact of their predecessor's musical impact on the eight-piece band.
The usual New Orleans musical suspects are there. Guitarists Zach Feinberg raves about Dr. John's "Qualified" while saxophonist speaks of The Neville Brothers' "Yellow Moon." The best descriptive belongs to drummer Andrew Campanelli as he describes Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights" as "The song shimmers like moonlight between magnolia leaves swaying in the humid south Louisiana breeze." (My goodness!)
The hardcore fan award undoubtedly goes to lead singer David Shaw as he exalts Robert Palmer's Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley knowing that The Meters were the backing band on that album. That isn't he only New Orleans tie to that album. It contains two songs written by Allen Toussaint including the aforementioned title track and "From A Whisper to a Scream." The album was also partially recorded in The Big Easy.
The Revivalists can next be seen at The Sylvee in Madison, WI on March 8. Get your (Tickets) here.