UPDATED: 'Busted' kicks new life into Dustbowl Revival

Black Mountain News

While bluegrass, gospel, New Orleans swing and blues brought The Dustbowl Revival together, the band realized it wasn't content to be a throwback band recreating lost eras. When it recorded “Busted,” it was like a door opening.

"Busted" and "Only One," two songs from an upcoming CD it released in October, are part of the show The Dustbowl Revival (dustbowlrevival.com) will bring to its Feb. 17 show at Pisgah Brewing Co.

Produced by Grammy award-winner and Flogging Molly co-founder Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Hat, Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys), the new sounds signal a departure from the band's fun-loving, raucous old-time past.The songs have the band mixing its eight-piece instrumentation into realms of hard soul and funk.

After 200 shows annually for four years, The Dustbowl Revival has retooled its sound.

"Busted" flexes the band’s more modern instrumental evolution, using traditional folk instruments like mandolin, upright bass and fiddle and putting them through wah-peddles and reverb while letting the brass section bring some heat. The mandolin is almost reminiscent of a hip-hop-inspired piano beat, the fiddle darkly slashes its way through the open spaces, while Liz Beebe's emotive vocals reveal the snake who did her wrong (and just what she is plans to do about it).

Combining a funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band section, Dustbowl over the last few years has become known for free-flowing and joyous live shows, opening for bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It toured China as a guest of the State Department and headlined festivals like Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and recently Bergenfest and Tonderfest in Norway and Denmark respectively.

Whirlwind once again

Who: The Dustbowl Revival

When: 9 p.m. Feb. 17

Where: Pisgah Brewing

Cost: $7 advance, $10 door