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  09/02/2009            
outsider looking in
saw the statesboro revue last weekend and they not only put on a hell of a show, they absolutely rock! I'm pretty picky, but there wasnt one song I didnt like hearing, I even wanted more. Hopefully this band gets what they deserve,and quicklike..they're all amazing!!
Statesboro Revue  09/02/2009            
outsider looking in
saw the statesboro revue last weekend and they not only put on a hell of a show, they absolutely rock! I'm pretty picky, but there wasnt one song I didnt like hearing, I even wanted more. Hopefully this band gets what they deserve,and quicklike..they're all amazing!!
Statesboro Revue  07/23/2009            
These dudes are the real deal holyfield. I saw em last night at Gruene Hall and they floored the whole room. Literally, I was on the floor..ha! But on a serious note, the combination of talent/tunes/show/etc these guys will go very far if they keep truckin along. Best of luck to you boys and I'll see next week at the curtain club. Go Cowboys!!
Statesboro Revue  07/13/2009            
Shirley Vaughn
Just heard Stewart Mann and the Statesboro Revue Saturday night,7/11/09, for the very first time-FANTASTIC- loved it all. I'm sorry it took so long to hear them because they are great now and in my opinion will be one of the greatest groups around. Can't wait for their new CD to come out. Caught them at Poor David's Pub.
Statesboro Revue  07/09/2009            
Saw these guys tonight at Gruene Hall and oh my are they talented. I stayed the entire time, 4 hrs of wonderful, original music. The songs are so heartfelt and soulful and the guitar players were brilliant. One of them had two black guys, guess thats rock n roll for ya. Keep up the good work, I've worn out the cd already!! jk
Statesboro Revue  06/04/2009            
Stewart's still the singer I believe, but they go by just The Statesboro Revue now I take it. I bought the album tonight after seeing them at Billys for the first time. All I can tell you is that they are 100% what this scene needs. Great songs, guitars, vocals, bass, drums, showmanship. The album is pretty americana and tame compared to their live sound, but I like it guys. I'll def be seeing you at Gruene Hall in July!! Have fun on the road.
Statesboro Revue  05/18/2009            
These boys are hot, and theyre music is fantastic. I cant believe I havent heard of them before now but I'm glad I stumbled onto them. Very old school sounding, good southern rock music. Heartfelt, makes ya wanna dance, makes you wanna sing type stuff. Their old album doesnt do them justice, they rock!!
Statesboro Revue  05/01/2009            
Other than Stewart's self admitted lack of guitar playing ability these guys are hands down the best musicians I've ever seen in one band. Great songs, great everything. They'll go far. Got the 4 song preview of their upcoming album and its going to really put them on the map. Cant wait for the full-length guys
Statesboro Revue  04/21/2009            
They are fantastic to listen to and watch and I highly recommend seeing them in person the first chance you get! I want to tell you what a first class band this is! I also want to acknowledge what a gentleman Stewart has been and continues to be! Take it from me, I have been following this band for almost a year now and I have never seen any indiscretions.
Statesboro Revue  04/21/2009            
So just I have this straight, in a genre that includes Josh Abott, Randy Rogers, Kevin Fowler, Bart Crow, Jason Boland, Cody Canada, and so many think Stewart isnt attractive huh? Someone seems a little bitter to me. I had a major crush on him for like a year and he's never acted remotely cocky in any way, in fact, he's one of the nicer musicians I've ever met. He's hot as pie in my mind. and super talented.
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