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  09/14/2008            
Saw these boys last night in McCoy with Scott Wiggins, and they had that whole crowd's attention the entire time. That singer can do the heavier rockin stuff and the more country stuff, and he really sings his butt off. Nice guy too, really has a spot for the vets and even has an awesome song he wrote for the Wounded Warrior Project. They also had a guitar battle that was classic. Those guys were jammin.If you havent seen this band yet, get on it cuz your missing out
Statesboro Revue  08/30/2008            
These guys were at Billy's last night in New Braunfels and they had that place going wild. The singing, songs, music, and performance was freakin awesome. The members are hot, and the lead singer is sexy as can be. I danced almost the whole night and am so glad I stumbled onto them. What a band!
Statesboro Revue  08/28/2008            
I was at the same concert as the guy before and these guys are really good. They're entertaining and have great tunes, and even though we didnt stick around it wont be the last time I go watch them. Not even my style of music really, but I could feel everything they played and liked watching the other people dance around like crazies. Good times. Go UT!!
Statesboro Revue  08/27/2008            
Saw these dudes last night and to say they blew me away is the understatement of the year. The singer reminds me of Robert Plant, the guy from the Black Crowes, and old blues guys, but has a style all his own..and he freakin rocks. The guitar players did this double lead stuff that was intense, and the bass player holds the fort down..solid and steady. The drummer just chills in the back and rocks out pretty hard too. Their songs are original and unique, and they can rock out and then they can hold back and just play a chilled out grooving song. I couldnt stop jammin. Glad I found yall, see ya real soon!
Statesboro Revue  07/28/2008            
These boys played with Austin Allsup saturday night at Woody's and stole the show. They have so much energy and their songs are killer man. Dude can sing better than anyone I've heard and the guitar player shreds that thing. Bass player feels what they're playing and he's like 7 ft tall. The drummer looks like Robert Plant and pounds those puppies. This is my new favorite band, so note to all: CHECK THEM OUT!!!!
Statesboro Revue  07/25/2008            
Saw these boys do an acoustic set last night in Austin and they tore the roof off the place. I've been a music fan forever and I havent been more excited about a new band since Cross first came out. Their songs are first rate, the mann's voice is stellar, and his guitar players were bad a**. They do a rock/blues/country thing and I'm highly impressed. They even did "whole lotta love" by Zeppelin and it moved me beyond words. Damn can that boy sing. Pretty funny too, check em out NOW!!
Statesboro Revue  07/23/2008            
I saw these guys in Port OConnor this past weekend during Poco, and they rocked my socks off. I dont even know how to describe their sound other than feel good, groovin, soulful, rocking music. Every single thing about them was amazing. Their words, music, vocals, showmanship, and they're HOT too. Ladies you need to get out and see them asap, Stewart and the guitar player are just fine. They can hold their own with anyone I've ever seen, and I'll say I drank a beer with em way back when. Nice meeting yall, keep rockin it out!
Statesboro Revue  07/16/2008            
I couldnt agree more, these guys are the best new thing to come along in a while. Although I heard Stewart was 5 Mile's lead singer, and they were around a long time ago. I could use a little more showmanship on the guitarist's part, but the bass player moves around pretty good and Stewart dances around like he's putting on a show for thousands. Stellar songs, great band, and killer vocals...pretty good combination boys, everyone will hear of yall real soon I'm sure
Statesboro Revue  07/13/2008            
I saw these guys at Bily's icehouse on friday and i was shocked as hell!!! I looked them up when i got home and then got on here to look them up as well and i have to agree with the comment below... I have heard a ton of bands come through the icehouse but this was by far the best show i've ever seen there. The singer is hilarious and moves around onstage like the singer from the stones and i also agree that the band was INCREDIBLE. The drummer and bass player rocked but what really stole the show aside from stewart's onstage antics and singing was the guitar players he had backing him up. One guy played a strat and sounded like a cross between brad paisley and SRV. The other had a gibson i believe with a dickey betts sound and together they were incredible. sounded awesome! I honestly didn't expect that show coming from the stage when i first got there, but OMG they rock out. And they were all very aproachable and super cool to talk to... Thanks for one of the best shows i've seen this year guys. I wish you all great success, you certainly deserve it!
Statesboro Revue  07/12/2008            
I forgot to mention the fact that the musicians were bad a** as well. They had two lead guitar players playing together that reminded me of like the allman brothers or something. said the bass player was from Minnesota and I'm glad he came to texas cause he's baaaad! The drummer pounded those things too, cant wait for their next album. The new songs ROCK!
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