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  10/28/2008            
when did you c em? these guys are awesome. can't wait to c y'all again. the new band is crazy tight and talented. they're great and fun to watch
Statesboro Revue  10/28/2008            
when did you c em? these guys are awesome. can't wait to c y'all again. the new band is crazy tight and talented. they're great and fun to watch
Statesboro Revue  10/23/2008            
So after looking over the reviews of this guy, it sure seems to me that they were all written by one person....Wonder who that could be. I have seen these guys and they are alright, but nothing to get too excited about.
Statesboro Revue  10/22/2008            
Saw these guys last night in Austin and they're really freakin good. Band is real solid, and the singer lights up that stage. I could use a little more movement from the rest of the band, but overall one of the best bands ive seen in a long time, hell ever. Cant wait for the next album guys. See ya soon...south padre or bust!
Statesboro Revue  10/18/2008            
These guys dont belong in just texas, they need to be all over the world because they are remarkable. Their album is very good, but their live show is beyond words. Stewart is hands down the best singer out there today, in all genres, and he writes songs that come from his heart and soul and you can feel it throughout each song. The band is top notch, especially the cute guitar player. The new songs are phenomenal too, I cant wait for the next album to come out. I cant believe more people dont know about yall yet. You make a lot of the popular bands on this scene look pretty bad. Keep it up boys!!
Statesboro Revue  10/09/2008            
I just moved to New Braunfels last month and have seen these guys twice at Billy's. They freakin rock my socks, in every single way. Their songs make wanna dance, Stewart's voice makes me wanna melt, and they're all really hotttt!! I have yet to see anyone better since I moved here. See you next Wednesday, and keep up the energetic live shows, they're awesome!
Statesboro Revue  09/30/2008            
This band rocks!! I saw them in Corpus at Bayfest w/Brandon Rhyder and they blew him away. The cd I got is great, but their live show is better than anyone I've seen. I'm spreadin the word about yall like wildfire, cause yall are the next big thing. Thanks for signing my cd too. See ya next time you're down south
Statesboro Revue  09/22/2008            
All I can say is these guys are HOT!! Stewarts moves get me going, and I could touch that drummers hair all night. It doesnt hurt that their music is downright amazing. This is one hell of a band, and the album is awesome. Keep playing your butts off guys, its paying off.
Statesboro Revue  09/21/2008            
These guys rocked the roof off Rocky's last night in Lubbock. It's awesome to finally see a band that doesnt sound like everyone else or try to be anyone else. They have their own original rockin type thing going on and they're the best band I've ever seen at Rocky's period. Keep doing what you're doing guys, its working.
Statesboro Revue  09/17/2008            
uh yeah wow. These guys f-in rock! Saw them Monday night in Austin and I couldnt take my eyes or ears off em. They had that place slammed and they delivered. Great songs, great vocals, great guitars, great everything! I got the album, and although it doesnt really sound like they do live, it's still awesome and hasnt left my player. Buy it soon and see these guys asap!!!! Go Longhorns!!
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