Americana roots rock band the Dustbowl Revival play Lafayette's Music Room this Thursday night. Formed in Venice Beach in 2007, the Dustbowl Revival came together after band leader Z. Lupetin, a transplant from the Midwest, posted a Craigslist ad seeking musicians who were interested in string-band and brass-band traditions. Since then the band has been playing on front porches and festivals and everywhere else in between.
The eight-person band recently released their fourth studio album With a Lampshade on, a record that fully showcases the band's strength as a live act. With a Lampshade on features a mixture of live and in-studio recordings, with the live songs recorded by Alex Chaloff at the Troubadour (L.A.) and the Great American Music Hall (San Francisco), and the studio tracks recorded by Matt Marinelli at Coral Sound in Long Island City, New York.
By mixing up the album with live and studio tracks, With a Lampshade on perfectly captures the band's strength as a live act, but the studio tracks hold their own as well. This latest album sees the band blazing through original songs and folk traditions alike, and their take on "Old Joe Clark" sums up the band's take on Americana swing perfectly. While the band's other albums had more of an old-time feel, With a Lampshade on finds the Dustbowl Revival hitting a much more soulful vibe while they sing stories about preachers, drinkers, lovers, and everything in between.