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  11/19/2008            
I just have to say, Stewart and his band have a video up on their myspace of them doing Into The Mystic and it's absolutely amazing...hands down the best cover of the song I've heard, even if the quality isnt the best. Your voice rocks dude. Best of luck and hope to see ya around Midland again sometime soon
Statesboro Revue  11/16/2008            
Saw them this past friday with bart crow and these guys shoulda been the headliner. Sad as it is, and as much as i love bart, this band is better musically, vocally, with a better performance, and the songs are all really cool. hope to see ya again in waco real soon.
Statesboro Revue  11/13/2008            
heck yes!!! These guys rock! Great show, great band, great tunes. See ya yall
Statesboro Revue  11/09/2008            
I dont know what that one guy is talking about, these guys are bad a**. They played the Depot last night in Paris w/MFN and I had never heard of them before but dang were they good. I really liked the tunes and the energy, and hearing them do Midnight Special was awesome, I love that song! Keep on rockin in the free world and come back soon.
Statesboro Revue  11/06/2008            
Saw these boys at Billy's Icehouse tonight and I really liked em. Dude can sing and those players can play their butts off. I only wish they'd tone it down a little more often and give some people a chance to dance here and there. But man can they rock out when they want to. See ya again real soon guys
Statesboro Revue  11/03/2008            
saw them this weekend at the south padre island international music fest and they were awesome. My entire group bought cds and tshirts and I'll be proud to say I saw them when they DO make it to that next level. Made our trip guys, so thanks!
Statesboro Revue  10/30/2008            
Amen to that
Statesboro Revue  10/30/2008            
Just because I said the band is "alright" does not mean that I am "running my mouth." I just don't see a whole lot of potential in these guys to move on to the next level. They are good at what they do, but I do not think their music warrants the redundant 5 star reviews they are getting on this site. Just my opinion.
Statesboro Revue  10/28/2008            
Blonde Cowgirl
This band is my favorite band ever! I too have traveled hours to see them play. The first time I heard them the music moved me. Stewart has a powerful, soulful voice that delivers an energetic performance. I have been around live country music all my life and they are super professional and very entertaining! If you want to hear them... you can find me on myspace Blonde Cowgirl. I have several live videos of their most recent performances.
Statesboro Revue  10/28/2008            
It really bothers me when people feel the need to run their mouth about a band. This band is alright? I've traveled over 4 hrs on more than one occasion to see them play, because they are a great band. Energetic, feel good music. I dont do that for bands that are alright. Maybe you think they're just alright because they dont sound like everyone else thats out there. So sue em. They're trying to do their own thing, and they are succeeding.
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