Statesboro Revue

Statesboro Revue
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If we’re honest, the true weight of any band or artist is chiefly determined by how they translate to us in a live performance setting. Can they breach that intangible border between the stage and the gathered onlookers? Can they slip in like a steady rising state of inebriation, stealing our attention, controlling our emotions and ultimately drawing us into their world? Does their energy continue to vibrate within us well after the last chords have been played and our daily life comes to reclaim us? These are probably some of the questions one writer from Rolling Stone Magazine had running through his head before he proclaimed The Statesboro Revue as one of the highlights of the 2009 South by Southwest Conference and Festival. The Statesboro Revue goes back to 2008, but the evolving vision of front man and primary songwriter Stewart Mann goes back much further. It’s a journey down many roads from Texas to Tennessee to California and back, all in a search for that perfect, unspoiled place for his music to grow roots. Year after year in city after city, it became clear that those roots had taken hold on stage and from there grew into a groove oriented, old school rock and roll band, the likes of which have not been seen in quite some time.

Never being afraid to aim high, The Statesboro Revue released their debut album DIFFERENT KIND OF LIGHT produced by GRAMMY Award-Winning David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Govt Mule) in 2009. Hitting the Texas Music Chart with two Top 20 singles, the blues rock effort quickly drew a dedicated fan base to their stages, but was just a prelude to the tour de force that is their brand new album RAMBLE ON PRIVILAGE CREEK, which was released in April, 2013. Described by Mann as earthier with catchier hooks, this new music is pure living energy that winds through light and lofty atmospheres down through the depths of sweet Celtic miseries and over to angry growls through clenched teeth…all without ever losing that gypsy pulsation that is the very definition of rock and roll. “This album is extremely broad in subject matter and style, in musicality and production, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve always strived to create a sound that doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel; merely merge the little idiosyncrasies of all my influences and shape them in a manner that might someday be looked upon as my own unique sound. I think this record is as close as I have ever been to accomplishing that goal.”

Reminiscent of singers from decades past, Stewart Mann’s soulful voice is both evident and familiar. His seasoned timbre is well- worn, but polished enough to have landed him the starring role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story that opened at the historic Cameo Theatre in San Antonio, Texas last year. Joining Stewart is younger brother Garrett Mann, the lead guitar player who holds down the fort then lets loose when the song calls for it. On bass guitar is Musicians Institute alumnus Ben Bradshaw, providing backbone and foundation, all while mixing in melodic leads and runs that only a player of his experience can muster. Drummer Kris Schoen’s ability to both drive the tunes and lay down a lazy snare for the slow groove furthers the dancing frenzy that ensues at a Statesboro Revue show. The all-star list of shared stages more than hints that this all-inclusive working band is truly worth their weight. The Statesboro Revue has played with the Los Lonely Boys, The Wailers, the Allman Brothers Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Whiskey Myers, Dirty River Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Robison, Ryan Bingham, Reckless Kelly, Turnpike Troubadours, Randy Rogers Band, Bob Schneider, War, Arrested Development, Eli Young Band, Marshall Tucker Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Will Hoge.

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Statesboro Revue  07/12/2008            
saw them last night in New Braunfels and they were the highlight of my summer. Amazing songs, killer vocals, awesome stage presence, they blew me away. I'm telling everyone I know about these guys because they are rising to the top fast!! Keep up the good work boys
Statesboro Revue  07/07/2008            
These guys are hot! They played a private show for my parent's friends last night and they freakin rock! I love the lead singer's voice and the bass player's moves. Some of the songs they played I didnt know, but the ones they said were theirs were awesome. Cant wait to see them again. Yall are my new favs
Statesboro Revue  07/02/2008            
Wow! These guys are phenomenal. Great voice, great music, great band. They put on a helluva show and although the guitar player could move around a little more, Stewart's crazy stage presence makes up for it. They rock! I bought their cd today, and I've probably repeated each song one hundred times. My favorites are lady and stuck in here, but Distant Land is a miltary related song unlike any other I've ever heard. It gave me goosebumps. Nice work boys, keep it up
Statesboro Revue  06/25/2008            
I recently saw stewart play and i absolutley loved it! I remember seeing him play in austin awhile back and he was good then too. Although i didn't recognize his band. He must have done some restructuring and it worked, because they were better than i remember them. He also added a keyboard player which sounded awesome! I beliieve there is a new guitar player and bass player and drummer as well. The entire band sounded incredible. The guitar player looked vaguely familiar like i have seen him around somewhere before and he rocked. The bass player was incredible, and the new drummer and him locked up well. Stewart, as always, sounded like a seasoned veteran working the crowd and sang great! It has been a long time coming for a true vocalist. If you get a chance to go out and hear these guys it is for sure worth your time and money... they rule.
Statesboro Revue  06/24/2008            
I bought their cd in the Gruene store after seeing their name everywhere lately and I have to say its my favorite of the year. They could have a few faster paced songs but ALL of them are so heartfelt and soulful that they just come to life. Stewart can sing his butt off and write one hell of a song. I cant wait to see them live. Keep putting yourselves out there guys, its working!
Statesboro Revue  06/14/2008            
These dudes tear s*** up! I saw them a few nights ago and they put on one hell of a show. Their songs are freakin awesome and musically/vocally their the best band I've ever seen. Everyone will know about these guys very soon. I bought album, and even though its great it doesnt come close to showing off what these guys have. Check em out live. Keep rocking guys!
Statesboro Revue  06/09/2008            
I saw this band at China Grove last night and they rocked the house down. They have an awesome singer, guitar player, and organ player and their drummer is pretty darn good too. They didnt play long enough but I'll be seeing em down the road soon. They are going big places fast, keep up the great work boys!
Statesboro Revue  06/06/2008            
I recently saw Stewart Mann at Rolling Oaks and the show was AMAZING!! Such an original sound and each song displays so much emotion. You can tell Stewart really feels each song and its evident by the way he moves onstage. They're awesome and they are all REALLY hott....especially the drummer's hair. Check em out fo sho!! Peace.i'm out
Statesboro Revue  06/05/2008            
I agree, these guys are the coolest thing to come onto this scene in a LONG time. Their songs rock, their live show is awesome, and they are full of fire and energy and thats why they're rising to the top at such a fast pace. Keep up the good work guys
Statesboro Revue  06/04/2008            
I dont really know how to categorize their I'll just go with REALLY GOOD! They do a bluesy rockin country type thing and they blew me away when I saw them at the Hogpit in Midland. The songs are awesome and so are they. I'll be seeing these guys again real soon. Come to San Marcos when school gets back in so I'll be there. I'll bring the whole school
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