This week's big news, of course, is the Savannah Stopover/Music File Productions Americana-rama event, Revival Fest, Sept. 14th at the Paint Shop and nearby open space at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. That's westward (ho), on Louisville Road.
As usual, Music File honcho Kayne Lanahan has chosen an impressive lineup of bands, most of them new to us. Among the coolest is Nashville's Truth & Salvage Co., discovered (and produced) by Black Crowe Chris Robinson in 2010.
The amazing six-member roots band will release its second album, Pick Me Up, on July 23.
The Cedric Burnside Project is a Mississippi blues/rock group featuring the grandson of the legendary hill country blues giant R.L. Burnside.
Fiery R&B and gospel-infused vocalist Melissa Mathes is the focal point of Nashville's Luella and the Sun, and combined with the sonic textures and guitar grit of John Matheson, it's potent fuel. Says Music City Roots: "The guitar beds burn with Mississippi swelter and something else besides. East Nashville mojo? Luella startles with her daring, emotional voice."
England's Treetop Flyers are a CSNY-inspired folk band (yes, named for a Stephen Stills song) fronted by velvet-smooth R&B-style vocalist Reid Morrison.
Then there's the Austin indie/folk band Wild Child, Field Report from Milwaukee, Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys (from Nashville), Charlotte's Matrimony, and another Austin band, Whiskey Shivers.
Tennessee's Papa Moon & the Stargazers will be the first band onstage, at 1 p.m. Local bands the Accomplices and the Train Wrecks will perform as well.
The idea here is to do something a little different: In addition to 12 bands on two stages, plans call for a pig roast, oyster tasting, a bourbon-tasting tent, craft beers and loads of locally-made food and bev from Savannah-area vendors.
Says Lanahan: "It's an idea we've been kicking around for a year or two; to marry the roots/Americana revival in music with our great local and regional food; sort of like a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the Low Country.
"There are all these amazing people here brewing, growing, cooking and creating amazing things. We wanted to bring them together in one big celebration."
Tickets go on sale at noon July 2 at savannahboxoffice.com.
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