Folk Soul Revival thinks 'Out of the Box'

Folk Soul Revival’s radio-ready lyrics and driving melodies have garnered the band high-profile gigs.

For the past seven years Folk Soul Revival has produced four albums independently, amassed a fan base, braved lineup changes and survived the death of a close friend and band mate. The band has reached the pinnacle of what some consider “regional” success, selling out venues across the Southeast. 

They're playing at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Pisgah Brewing. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 day of show.

Barry Bales, who has worked with Alison Krauss & Union Station and Earls of Leicester, was introduced to Folk Soul Revival through his wife, who is a big fan. He stepped in to produce the band's latest album, "Out of the Box" on little more than word of mouth.

“When there’s an opportunity to produce a band as good as Folk Soul who has that level of talent, that was a win,” he said. “I definitely think they have the potential to be as popular and as well received as anybody in Americana.”

Folk Soul Revival’s radio-ready lyrics, driving melodies, and the distinct, velvety vocals of front man Daniel Davis have garnered the band high profile gigs opening for the likes of Travis Tritt, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, Justin Townes Earle and Ralph Stanley. The band is a favorite act at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and has also performed at Floydfest and a number of major festivals across the Southeast. 

“We want to be successful,” Davis said. “We want to be able to book a show anywhere and know people are going to come and see us."

Lovingly referred to as "The Congregation," the band’s fan community has climbed to more than 22,000 followers on social media and has generously contributed more than $38,000 to fund the band's last two albums on Kickstarter. The Congregation itself is such a phenomenon that it has been the featured subject of its own review by a best-selling author.

Folk Soul Revival is already hard at work writing it next album, with Bales slated to produce.