Podcast with Stephen Murray of Holy Ghost Tent Revival, which returns to Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Saturday
Holy Ghost Tent Revival just released its second album, “Sweat Like The Old Days.” For Holy Ghost, which first created buzz with a horn-fueled, banjo-spackled, post-ragtime sound, the new record marks a departure from that sound toward something more closely resembling The Band, the country music side of the Grateful Dead, some Rolling Stones, some Beatles, even some Motown grooves.
Holy Ghost plays Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Saturday night.
It’s been four years and a handful of personnel changes since the band released debut CD “So Long I Screamed.” A couple of EPs have followed. The core of the band — banjoist/singer Stephen Murphy, guitarist Matt Martin, drummer Ross Montsinger and trombonist Hank Widmer — remains. But the other changes forced the band to evolve, to learn its craft better, to become better players. And by the time pianist Kevin Williams made the move to bass, a real groove was established, Murphy said.
On this podcast, hear Murphy talk about the band’s evolution, and check out streaming music from the new record — “Telephone Wire,” “John Addams Family,” “Come Tomorrow” and “Alpha Dogs.” And read more in Friday’s Extra section.