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  10/31/2009            
their new album is amazing from top to bottom, very diverse and very good. Wish yall all the best from Cali, come out here!!
Statesboro Revue  10/27/2009            
what do we have to do to get these guys on the top in this state? With so many terrible popular bands out there with horribly written songs, maybe u should conside3r moving out of state guys. amazing vocals/tunes/musicians, and all around nice guys, couldnt ask for more. Lets take a real talent to the top this time Texas!
Statesboro Revue  10/18/2009            
Just got their new album and it is SOO good, a must buy. Reminds me of the music my parents listened to when I was a kid, very soulful and southern with a wide variety of songs. Great singing and guitar work as well, hope to see yall soon. Keep it rockin!
Statesboro Revue  10/11/2009            
Hands down the BEST band in Texas. I'm proud to say they're from here and play here. Saw them last night in Rockport and they will be playing stadiums someday. Every musician was tremendous but the singer and guitar players battling was the highlight. Bought a t-shirt and CD and the cd is AWESOME!! My new favorite band, see yall next time which will be very soon
Statesboro Revue  10/08/2009            
Had the pleasure of seeing these guys at Maggie Maes last weekend and man alive are they good. Apparently they were missing a guitar player and I cant imagine them being better than I heard them. I bought their new album(which I heard doesnt come out til later this month) and its the best purchase I've made this year, a MUST have! I'll be seeing yall real soon cuties
Statesboro Revue  10/01/2009            
I was at the CD release show at Greune Hall. Absolutely amazing show. It was three hours of non stop rock n' roll. The new CD is great!! But the live shows are incredible. If you enjoy old school rock n' roll you need to make it to a show
Statesboro Revue  09/28/2009            
Was at the CD release party in Gruene and they put on another great show. New material is great. Who ever does the cover art on their cds is badass.
Statesboro Revue  09/22/2009            
Saw them at their cd release at Gruene Hall and I must they're so, so, incredibly talented and fun to watch. Every original song is solid front to back, no cheeseball lyrics or anything, and their musicianship is top notch. High energy, rockin show for 3 straight hours. The cd is beyond words guys, nicely done. Only thing I'd say is keep the uptempo songs coming, I like to rock!
Statesboro Revue  09/18/2009            
Can't wait to see you guys tonight at Gruene Hall, I've been waiting for months to get my hands on this new album! You guys are truly remarkable and will hit the big time no doubt. Put me on the guest list!! haha
Statesboro Revue  09/04/2009            
The new album is coming in very soon and everyone needs to check it out. I got an advanced copy and its beyond amazing. I agree with the last review, every song is stellar and I cant wait to hear more!!!
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