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Dustbowl Revival: Portland and Eugene dates this weekend

By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Infectious melodies laid on top of some exemplary grooves

The Dustbowl Revival formed ten years ago after band founder Zach Lupetin placed a Craigslist ad for like-minded musicians. Musicians wanted ads on Craigslist are, shall we say, more miss than hit.

Lupetin hit the jackpot with his ad: On June 16th, the band releases their sixth album, a self-titled genre-bending gem of a release full of infectious melodies laid on top of some exemplary grooves. They appear in Portland on Friday June 2 and Eugene the following night.

Stylistically, the unifying thread of the album is simply the fact that it feels good down deep in the places where great music should reach. Nearly all the tracks are danceable and upbeat, a fact that makes them easy to integrate into the band's legendary live shows where vibrancy is the norm.

"Dustbowl Revival" holds something for everyone. Memphis-style horns add a sweet, soulful touch. Upright bass and trombone thump out a killer bottom end. Liz Beebe shines with her vocals, which range from jazzy to swing to emotionally tinged old-school R&B. Mandolin and fiddle throw some dirt in your ears, keeping the album firmly rooted in the sounds of today's Americana.

The end result is a perfect mixture of musical happiness that will certainly put a smile on your face.

ON TOUR: Dustbowl Revival plays Mississippi Studios on Friday, June 2, with doors at 8:00PM. On Saturday, June 3, they appear at HiFi Music Lounge in Eugene with doors at 9:00PM. Tickets for both shows are still available.


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