The Dustbowl Revival Pumps New Life into Old Songs

A new spin opens the song to a whole new audience

The Dustbowl Revival appears Feb. 28 at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

Michele McManmon


Songs like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” or “New River Train” dates back to the 1800s, but The Dustbowl Revival’s new album, Carry Me Home, shows how they have found a way to make them their own.

“There are songs that we have rescued or found in different places that have been sung for hundreds of years, and your grandparents maybe sang them in church,” says Zach Lupetin, The Dustbowl Revival founder. “We brought in a more modern, upbeat, energetic way of portraying them that brings these old songs into a youthful place that everyone can get behind, which is really fun, and dance to.”

Dustbowl Revival will tap into its new album Feb. 28 and promises to perform a rousting rendition of “Riverboat Queen” during its appearance at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. They will follow with a show March 7 at Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown.

Lupetin says the band plans to hit the road aggressively starting in April with a Midwest tour followed by the Pacific Northwest in May and the East Coast in June.

Dustbowl Revival began in 2008 as a folk band, then slowly morphed into the melting pot of New Orleans Jazz-Swing-Roots music.  

Opening for bands like Trombone Shorty and the Preservation Society, while admiring folk heroes like Bob Dylan, this evolving band appeals to music lovers of all ages at their shows.

The group is known for its popular online “Jam In The Van” music videos.

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VIDEO: The Dustbowl Revival founder Zach Lupetin talks about the upcoming show at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club and the band's influences.

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