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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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 151

Statesboro Revue  02/08/2010            
These guys are good...real good. I saw them at the House of Blues in Dallas and they're unique brand of groovy,rock themed music is exactly what this world needs more of. Feel good songs that force you to have a good time and dance, I love it! Bought an album and it's superb! See yall soon, and oh yeah...GO SAINTS!
Statesboro Revue  01/21/2010            
I don't know why these guys have never been on the whats hot list or been the featured artist, they're more than deserving. If you haven't seen them or heard their album, I'm sure they'd get you a copy. Their perfect blend of rock, blues, and country combined with their great songwriting and musicianship is exactly what needs to be made popular in this state and beyond. Keep doing your thing guys, I'll spread the word! See ya in Houston this weekend
Statesboro Revue  01/04/2010            
Saw these guys like New Year's Eve in Cortez, Co. If you like old school rock n roll mixed with blues and hint of southern rock/country than you'll love these guys new record. I bought four of em and I'm gonna hold onto them to sell on ebay for millions someday.ha. Just kidding, I'm giving em to my parents, but seriously this is really, really good stuff all around. Not sure why you guys came to Cortez but glad u did cause you have a new superfan. Come back soon!!
Statesboro Revue  12/28/2009            
Their new album is friggin awesome, top to bottom. Can't wait to see yall live when you come to Colorado.
Statesboro Revue  12/24/2009            
Their album is awesome,their live show is awesome, and they're hot as hell! Not really sure how to categorize their sound but its a great mix of blues,country, and rock n roll. Wonderfully written songs, very catchy with solid lyricism and great dual guitar work, which is even more showcased at their live shows. My guess is everyone will know about this band very soon, as they should. You guys rock!! Merry Xmas!
Statesboro Revue  12/20/2009            
Saw these guys open up for Jonathan Tyler at Sam's Friday and I picked up a cd. It seriously hasnt left my player since, except for when my husband tried to steal it from me last night, but I got it back and am listening to it right now! I LOVE the style, it reminds me of the 70s, with so much soul and passion. The songs are great, and I really like the words to your songs, very real and heartfelt. However, EVERYONE needs to see the live show, I was floored. Sexy rock n roll, can't wait to see yall again. Happy Holidays!
Statesboro Revue  12/07/2009            
let me start off by saying their tunes are as good as they come, and their album is unreal its so good. I wish the band would turn down some as stewart's killer voice has always been overshadowed by loud bandmates, but hey I guess thats rock n roll and thats what these guys are. Glad to finally hear some real,raw,butt kicking southern rock again. You can keep your bart crows and kevin fowlers and casey donahews, give me the band of heathens,jonathan tyler, and The Statesboro Revue!!
Statesboro Revue  12/03/2009            
Saw these boys at Gruene Hall last night and they're super. Singer's voice is top notch and the songs are equally as impressive. The two lead guitar players work great together, and I loved the old school southern/classic rock feel of what they do. Bought the album, and it's awesome, very diverse. Everyone needs to own it,mix of Van Morrison,The Band,The Stones,etc. which is right up my alley. See yall next wednesday!
Statesboro Revue  11/16/2009            
This band is AWESOME! I just saw them in Midland and their mix of rock,blues,and country is so fresh and unique I have no idea why they aren't HUGE already. Had some sound issues but they fought through it and sounded bad a#%. Bought the album(thx for signing it) and it's wonderful as I expected. Wisen up tx country fans, and appreciate a band that writes real songs from their heart and soul, not beer season! Give em hell guys, see ya soon I hope
Statesboro Revue  11/09/2009            
I always just go to shows to buy the records and I actually stuck around for their whole show. They're just so dang cute and talented I had to stay. With sincere, heartfelt songs, delivered by a vocalist unlike anything I've heard before, pretty at times, soft and sincere and times, and all out rockin on some, pretty special evening. The cd gentelman hasnt left my player. I listen to #1,3,&5 like everyday!! Love yall!!
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