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  01/30/2009            
I'm 54 yrs old and these guys freakin rock like no one else rocks these days. I havent had that much fun at a show in years. Watched em at Gruene Hall with a girlfriend of mine and they remind me of everything I grew up on. The dude can sing his little tail off and moves around like mick jagger. The guitar players were trading off solos like crazy and overall I couldnt stop moving. Cant wait to see yall there again on the 12th, I think thats what you said. Keep on rockin!!
Statesboro Revue  01/18/2009            
These guys put on an amazing show and have the total package. Great music, great lyrics, great vocals, and it goes on and on. They just put up a tune on their myspace from their not yet released album and its going to shake some things up for sure. Cant wait to hear the rest. Keep it real!
Statesboro Revue  01/11/2009            
Heard these guys in steamboat at the tugboat and they're the tits. Great everything, really enjoyed the show. Cant wait to hear the new album boys
Statesboro Revue  12/18/2008            
Had know idea who these guys were til I saw them play Billy's in NB last They had a dobro, harmonica, slide guitar, two killer guitar players, awesome, rockin songs, and one hell of a singer. Great stuff, really glad I stumbled onto yall. I'll buy an album next time around.
Statesboro Revue  12/14/2008            
burned their cd and have been loving it for the past month or so, really, really, great songs. Very heartfelt, sincere, deeply moving songs. Just wish the album sounded more like their live sound, straight up rock n roll. But if you dont have it already, buy this album asap!
Statesboro Revue  12/03/2008            
Woohoo, did I hear right that yall are going into the studio soon to record a new album?? I sure hope so, the new songs are mind blowing and world needs to hear them!
Statesboro Revue  12/02/2008            
I dont know how to describe these guys. They're a combination of rock, country, and soul. It's a real fresh sound, and other than them being too loud at times they put on a great show. Each of the players are truly talented, and the songs themselves are awesome. Very story telling rock n roll in the vane of Tom Petty or The Band. You can really tell Stewart grew up on country and blues by his writing. Pretty cool stuff guys. Keep playing your butts off and it'll pay off soon.
Statesboro Revue  11/27/2008            
Caught these guys tonight at Billys Ice House in New Braunfels for the first time after hearing a lot about them and buying their album on here. I have to say, there are a lot of singers out there and a ton of songwriters, but if there's a better singing songwriter out there I'm not aware of em. Absolutely great stuff sir, keep writing songs of depth and realness.The whole mexican population of NB are gonna hear about yall!! Orale!!!
Statesboro Revue  11/24/2008            
Congrats on the record deal Stew!!Its been a long time coming, and all your hardwork is paying off. We cant wait to hear the new record and see where this road takes you. Keep being you, and making wonderful music. And get down to CC soon so we can celebrate!!
Statesboro Revue  11/22/2008            
I really like the way they throw together all kinds of music and make it work, very bluesy, but you can hear the country influence and definetely the older rock influences. Plus they put on an awesome show. Cant wait for the next album guys
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