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Folk Soul Revival

A modern band rooted in old-school southern sounds, Folk Soul Revival whips up its own version of amplified Americana  Formed in southwestern Virginia in 2008, Folk Soul Revival has spent a decade growing a wide audience both at home (where they've become a regular presence at local institutions like the Carter Family Fold, FloydFest, and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion) and on the road (where they've shared shows with Dr. Ralph Stanley, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, and others). They're road warriors, logging roughly 100 performances a year. For Folk Soul Revival, though, those tours always lead back to Bristol: the group's birthplace, home, and muse.

With songs about blue-collar jobs, long workweeks, wise-ass bartenders, messy breakups, and richly-deserved weekends, Folk Soul Revival sources its material from the everyday lives of rural Americans. This is biographical music, and while the stories may be specific to Folk Soul Revival, they'll sound familiar to anyone who hails from the country's forgotten pockets . On songs like "Small Town," Davis sings about front porches, back roads, and Friday night football games, sketching a picture that's quintessentially Southern. In the background, the rest of the band chimes in with banjo, slide guitar, and vocal harmonies. The result is both fresh and familiar — a new take on a classic idea.