The Revivalist’s guitarist, Zack Feinberg, was watching an interview with Bruce Springsteen on 60 Minutes when inspiration for a band name hit.
“The interviewer described (Springsteen’s) performances as having a revivalists’ fervor,” said Dave Shaw, The Revivalists’ singer and guitarist. “Thus the name The Revivalists was born.”
“Religion aside, a revival is all about the tangible electricity that can only be created when enough like minds are crammed under a single roof for a singular purpose,” according to the band’s bio. “It’s a spiritual spectacle, a carnival of the divine, a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The same could be said for The Revivalists’ searing live performances.”
The seven-member band has been playing nonstop since 2007, crafting a genre-hopping sound that rounds out traditional rock instrumentation with horns and pedal steel guitar and mixes the divergent backgrounds of its individual members with the funky undercurrents of the band’s New Orleans home.
The Revivalists are in town for a free Hot Summer Nights concert at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail Tuesday night. Shaw took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.
Vail Daily: Have you all performed in the Vail area before? If so, tell us when and what you remember about it.
Dave Shaw: We’ve played a lot of places in Colorado, but haven’t done Vail yet. We are definitely excited to play for some new folks.
VD: What can audiences expect from a Revivalists show?
DS: We try to sculpt our sets in a way that engages the audience and promote a positive mood. We never play the same set twice. So I guess I’d say the answer to your question is to expect something different and get ready to shake what your momma gave ya.
VD: What albums have you guys been listening to lately, either individually or as a group?
DS: I’ve been listening to a lot of Bob Marley lately. I just love it. As for the other guys in the band. I’ve heard some Dan Bern, some Sister Sparrow, some Citizen Cope and some Naughty Professor.
VD: We’ve had a lot of Nola artists performing in town recently. Tell me about how New Orleans influences your music.
DS: New Orleans influences all that inhabit her. The musical spirit of the city is so strong that you have no choice but to embrace her grasp and run with the reins that she has provided. We love NOLA.
VD: You have a full plate this summer, with lots of festival performances lined up. Which one are you most excited for and why?
DS: We are very grateful to be playing all the festivals that we’re scheduled to perform at this summer. I think that each one will shine in its own perfect way. If i had to pick one, it would probably be Bonaroo. We already played it and it was RAD. Some of the biggest and rowdiest crowds we’ve ever had the pleasure to entertain. Mountain Jam was also very fun, and we’re obviously super stoked about the RIDE festival. It’s really hard to choose just one.
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.