It’s good when Bristol-area Americana/country act Folk Soul Revival comes to town. The band mixes bluegrass, country, plenty of ragtime and even some rock elements into its brew.
Personal bias disclosure: I enjoyed the band on Saturday even more than usual, because my good friend David Cate, from back home in Tennessee, was with the band. Cate, a keyboard man, plays pretty regularly with Folk Soul, but this was the first time he had come to Roanoke with the band.
So it was good to catch up with Dave and hear him play the gig. This guy is way into Thelonius Monk and Jellyroll Morton, among others (the latter’s style fits well into some of the FSR material). But he is a guy who plays for the music, whatever gig he is on.
The band played Schooners for the first time on Saturday, drawing many people that no one around that joint had seen before. The band calls those folks The Congregation, and some of them will travel long distances for shows. So it was interesting to see more drunken sorority girls than one is liable to find at the Schoon on any other night.
Here is the band playing one of its originals, the raggy “Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me.”