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  05/28/2008            
Such a refreshing sound! Every song makes you want to move and every note Stewart hits gives me goose bumps. Their cd doesnt do their live sound justice, which usually happens the other way around. Their live show is a must, especially with their new organ player, these guys are the hottest thing around. I love em all!
Statesboro Revue  05/14/2008            
Went to a benefit last night at the Oaks in SA and saw these guys for the first time...WOW! They did Into the Mystic first and blew Stoney's version out of the water. Stewart can freakin sing man!! They're originals are top notch as well, and they know how to entertain a crowd. I dont know if they're new to the scene or I've just been wearin blinders, but I was more than impressed.Cant wait to see them again real soon. You guys rock!!!
Statesboro Revue  05/12/2008            
So I was told about these guys from a friend and I went to their myspace and they are freakin awesome. The songs are so refreshing and sound like nothing else out there. A very soulful, southern rock style and Stewarts voice is bad a.. I cant wait to check them out in person this summer, they're playing all over the dang place. They should be moving up the ladder pretty quickly with a sound like this.
Statesboro Revue  05/10/2008            
Yeah so this is my fav band of all time! They have remarkable songs, Stewart is a fantastic writer/singer. Along with that, they put on a hell of a show, and they're kind of hot. I love watching them shake their stuff. Kind of like Cross Canadian old school meets the Rolling Stones, great stuff. Guitar player, drummer, bass, and Stewart are all awesome... go see them soon!!
Statesboro Revue  05/01/2008            
OMG....I love this band!!!! do an amazing job on the vocals!!! The music is HOT!!! A mixture of Blues and Southern Rock!! The song is GREAT!! I can't wait to see you guys in Duncan!!! Keep up the hard work and have a blast!!! Hope to see ya backstage!!!!! ;)
Statesboro Revue  04/30/2008            
I saw these guys at Rolling Oaks on Saturday night and they absolutley RULE! They didn't play long enough, but overall they were the best of the night. Stewart's vocals were awesome and he was accompanied by one of the best guitar players i've heard in a long time. The night was even better when the Scott Wiggins band capped off the evening by inviting Stewart and his guitar player up onstage to play the coolest version of of Tom petty's Last dance with mary jane i've ever heard. If you've never heard these guys you need to check them out... and they're really hot too!
Statesboro Revue  04/27/2008            
Saw them this past saturday night at The Oaks and they blew everyone away! Where did they come from? They played for only 40 minutes and everyone was asking for more. Awesome songs, awesome vocals, and an awesome band. Not to mention they rock out on stage. Check them out right away, they're moving up the ladder fast.
Statesboro Revue  04/22/2008            
I'll be at Shrimpfest this saturday to see them. I caught them awhile back and they're amazing. Great vocals, great tunes, great show. One of the best I've seen. Buy their record asap!!!
Statesboro Revue  04/15/2008            
I saw these guys a few weeks ago and they are wicked awesome!!!! Not only are their originals unique, rocking, and soulful, but the covers they play are all but their own. I had to ask Stewart if one of them was on the album, thats how good of a job they did making me think they had written it. It was CCR's Midnight Special and they tear it up. I bought the album and it doesnt do their live show justice but it sounds fantastic. I cant wait to see them again, they're capital H....HOT!
Statesboro Revue  04/05/2008            
Only my favorite new band! These guys do a rockin blues country thing and are so unique and original. They put on an amazing live show and their album has organ, piano, and slide guitar on it and it sounds awesome! I saw them in Wichita Falls and now I'm hooked. Stewart sings his butt off and the whole band is hott! Check them out asap
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