The Dustbowl Revival

Harlow's and Abstract Entertainment Present

The Dustbowl Revival

Moonshiner Collective

Fri, January 19, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub

Sacramento, CA

$15 Pre Sale - $18 Day of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Dustbowl Revival
The Dustbowl Revival
After two years away from the studio playing festivals and shows around the world, The Dustbowl Revival is sharing its first two tracks from their forthcoming new record. “Busted” b/w “Only One” will be available as a limited edition 7-inch and via all digital retailers on October 14 via Signature Sounds.
Produced by Grammy award-winner and Flogging Molly co-founder Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys), the new sounds signal a striking departure from their fun-loving, raucous old-time past and has the band mixing their unique eight piece instrumentation into realms of hard soul, funk and the emotional, introspective folk reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin’s harmony-drenched 70s output.
The A-side is the soulful "Busted", which flexes the band’s more modern instrumental evolution, using traditional folk instruments like mandolin, upright bass and fiddle and putting them through wah-peddles and gorgeous reverb while letting the brass section set the heat to boil. The mandolin is almost reminiscent of a Hip-Hop inspired piano beat, the fiddle darkly slashes its way through the open spaces, while Liz Beebe's emotive and searing vocals reveal the snake who did her wrong...and just what she plans to do about it.
Over the last few years Dustbowl has become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking stringband section - opening for bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, touring China as a guest of the state department and headlining festivals like Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and recently Bergenfest (Norway) and Tonderfest (Denmark).
While bluegrass, gospel, New Orleans swing and blues were what brought the gang together, after touring over two hundred dates a year for the last four years, the band realized as it began to collaborate more on the road, that it was never content to be a throwback band recreating lost eras. When they recorded “Busted” it was like a door opening. As they charge into 2017, Dustbowl is ready to bring their new sound - more emotional, experimental and bolder than ever - to a bigger audience.
The group toured Europe this summer and hits the midwest and southwest this fall before heading back into the studio to finish the new record, due out in Spring of 2017.
Moonshiner Collective
Moonshiner Collective
Behind every beginning there is a door that had to be closed; the passion from the end of one journey igniting a start to the new endeavor. After sharing countless life experiences and times on stage, the seven friends that called the band Still Time their lives decided it was time to step away. From the close, began a new musical journey for singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Dan Curcio. His need to continue creating music led to the indie folk project, Moonshiner Collective.

In years past, Curcio found himself continuously hung up on attaining the level of success of his music idols and was often losing sight of the small triumphs that make up the journey. To be able to continue playing music on his terms, he knew that he had to shed these preconceived notions about success and return to his creative roots. This enlightened thought led him to swiftly pack up and move to a yurt in a lush valley of the California coastal town of Cayucos. Here Curcio was able to realign and fine tune his instrumental talents. Nights spent with his guitar and his thoughts brought upon a fresh perspective about the enjoyment of life’s experiences and about the redesign of band structure.

A similar evaluation of how to devote his time to both his family and music, led him back to Bob Dylan’s song “Moonshiner” which helped to solidify his moniker, “I’ve been conflicted for a while now about the journey of the close-to-home family man vs. the road worn, whiskey drinking troubadour, and have a place in my heart for both. This name [Moonshiner Collective] represents the combination of these two lifestyles with Moonshiner representing that ramblin’ troubadour path and the Collective aspect speaking to a feeling of family, community, and all inclusiveness.”

Upon returning to civilization, Curcio made the decision that Moonshiner Collective would be a musical project he carries on for the rest of his life. The project is designed to be a revolving door of creative perspectives, as it trades talented musicians in and out; with Curcio’s soothing vocals and introspective lyrics serving as the backbone. The first contributor brought aboard, to aid in growing Moonshiner Collective’s indie folk sound, is Nathan Towne. At the spry age of 23, Towne has already made a name for himself with his multi-instrumental talents and knack for creating intricately layered sounds through live looping during performances. Together, the two are able to create a lush full band sound and muster feelings of warm nostalgia, encapsulated in modern deliveries, within any listener.

The first release Moonshiner Collective is offering up, is a full length album entitled Let Go. It features a collaboration of sounds from guitars, keys, banjo, bass, harmonica, violin, ukulele, drum and percussion, by both men. Paired alongside Curcio’s airy croons, the final product is an upbeat indie record that has been infused with California soul. The accessible sound is something that can bridge gaps in generations and genres; with an allure they feel can draw fans of Mumford & Sons, Ben Harper, Van Morrison, and Pearl Jam.

The free feeling portrayed in Let Go is derived from the enlightened perspective Curcio gained about enjoying the journeys life presents, rather than the end goals he sets out to achieve. The messages of simplicity and positivity conveyed throughout the album were inspired by the Eastern philosophy of the Tao Te Ching; with each song being told from a different aspect of what it means to let go. As Let Go begins to flood listener’s ears and the current lineup takes their sounds on the road, Moonshiner Collective is hoping that the connection they make with listeners will continue to build a loyal grassroots following that transcends generations, cultural backgrounds, and social stigmas.
Venue Information:
Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub
2708 "J" Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816