The sound of The Dustbowl Revival stretches out on the recent self-titled album from Venice, California-based musical collective. The eight-piece band reworked Preservation Hall-style Dixieland jazz into an eclectic blend of Roots as a soundtrack for back yard parties on their previous release, With a Lampshade On. Non-stop touring in support of the release provides The Dustbowl Revival with a musical maturity for the band that encompasses more sounds of the south as they strum a Bluesy Southern Soul for the dark edge of “Don’t Wait Up” and head to the islands for the ska-inflected rhythms of “Gonna Fix You”, groove to a late-night Latin noir vibe for “Leaving Time” and are joined by Keb’ Mo’ on the Jamaican sunshine dappled reggae of “Honey I Love You”.
The vocals for The Dustbowl Revival are led by a male/female dynamic hosted by Zach Lupetin and Liz Beepe. The pair join in harmonies, taking solo turns as Liz lights up “Busted” with a smoky, sultry Jazz glow and Zach slowly turns the tale in “Debtor’s Prison”. Modern problems are backed by the vintage music of The Dustbowl Revival as “Got Over” finds the band wrestling with the sudden death of love as they shimmy on a percolating beat to make a request in “Call My Name”. Memphis Soul struts proudly as The Dustbowl Revival walk arm in arm with new love in “Good Egg’ and tell “The Story” on punctuated beats as a slinky funk crawls across “If You Could See Me Now”.