Revival Fest announces lineup of bands for Sept. 14 celebration of food and music

Revival Fest — Savannah’s newest festival slated for September 14th — has announced the dozen acts confirmed for the event, which also features two stages, a pig roast and an oyster roast. This will be the first public event at the old paint shop at the Georgia State Railroad Museum (generally just called the Roundhouse) here in Savannah. (Click here for my post last week with general info about this new festival from MusicFile Productions, which also produces the Savannah Stopover.)

The lineup — featuring Americana, blues, bluegrass, country rock and roots music — includes two of Savannah’s best and hardest-working acts: The Train Wrecks and The Accomplices.

The lineup also boasts a few out-of-town acts that already have local followings, including Truth & Salvage Co. from Nashville, Field Report from Milwaukee, and Papa Moon and the Stargazers, which includes members of this mountain from Johnson City.

Other bands announced today include Whiskey Shivers from Austin, Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys from Nashville, Matrimony from Charlotte, the Cedric Burnside Project from Holly Springs, MS, Treetop Flyers from London, Luella and the Sun from Nashville, and Wild Child from Austin.

Interestingly, not a Brooklyn band — or even a northeast band — in the bunch.

From today’s press release:

Austin’s Wild Child will headline the Bridge View Stage at 9pm and Nashville’s Truth & Salvage Co. will headline the Paint Shop Stage at 10pm. Wild Child’s 2nd album, The Runaround, produced by Ben Kweller, will be released late summer. Truth & Salvage Co., an LA based band first championed by Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, have recently relocated to Nashville and will release their sophomore album Pick Me Up on Megaforce/Sony RED on 7/23/13.

Savannah upstart, the Sweet Thunder Strolling Band, will welcome festival goers at 12:30 pm with a special performance with additional surprises planned throughout the day. The local collaborative, spearheaded by percussionist Andrew Hartzell, grew out of a performance at the Flannery O’Connor Birthday Celebration this spring and features Hartzell, Anna Chandler and Philip Reynolds Price and additional guest musicians to be announced. Local favorites The Accomplices and The Trainwrecks are also confirmed to perform.

Additional touring bands include Savannah Stopover Music Festival alums Field Report and this mountain; the latter of which will unveil a new project called Papa Moon & The Stargazers. Cedric Burnside, grandson of the legendary blues legend RL Burnside will bring his unique blend of Hill Country Blues to the Bridge View Stage followed by Nashville’s widely praised newcomers Luella and the Sun who revel in foot stomping blues, soul and gospel.

Treetop Shivers, from London England, won the 2011 Glastonbury Emerging Sound Competition and have been lauded by Paste, NPR and others for a sound that hearkens back to the 70’s breezy California folk rock scene. The band recently recorded their debut album in Malibu.

Additional acts scheduled to perform are: Whiskey Shivers (Austin, TX), Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys (Nashville, TN), and Matrimony (Charlotte, NC). Additional band information can be found at

A Midnight Ramble jam session will follow the festival at a TBA space.

Local FarmBag will be coordinating the food for Revival Fest.

Tickets are now on sale at the Savannah Box Office. They’re $35 for just the music and $55 for music and food. Other vendors will be announced later this summer.

Here’s the schedule. I love that there’s no overlap and also that the music should be pretty much continuous:

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Here’s a great sample of Cedric Burnside:

Field Report’s self-titled album has some of the most finely crafted songs I’ve heard all year:

Field Report had a tough time cutting through the crowd noise in the upstairs bar at B & D Burgers at the most recent Savannah Stopover, but I was lucky to see them perform several songs live in the studio at Dollhouse Productions. Wow. Just so good.

Truth & Salvage Co. at Live Wire in 2012

Truth & Salvage Co. at Live Wire in 2012

As noted above, Truth & Salvage Co. has a new album coming out on July 23rd. Here’s one of the band’s more popular songs:

Here’s Luella & the Sun:

I’ll have much more about the acts performing at Revival Fest as we get closer to the date. This looks like a great lineup.