Holy Ghost Tent Revival has swept away audiences over the past five years and built a reputation for energetic, tightly crafted music with meaningful lyrics presented in signature memorable, passionate performances. Listeners will find the group maturing away from their blend of Dixieland and ragtime inspired folk rock into a more electric, horn and rock driven sound.
Their first release from 2008, So Long I Screamed, is indicative of the national folk explosion taking hold of musicians at that time. Essentially an acoustic album, it has the ring of bluegrass, yet has all the sensibility and infectious energy of rock; an album chock full of driving horn sections, rich harmonies, and catchy melodies.
This progression continued the next year with their second release, Family. Here, the band allowed the tape to roll well before and after each take with a laidback approach that calls to mind the quality of an Alan Lomax field recording from the 1930s and invites listeners into the loose and raucous affair.
Since 2009, the band has played 300 dates per year up and down the East coast and as far west as Chicago and Austin, headlining festivals like Shakori Hills, Bele Chere, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots. Their third studio album, Sweat Like the Old Days, reveals a group of songwriters producing mature, thoughtful lyrics atop lush arrangements. It is a wholly original sound, unshaken by change, which signals a bright and enduring future for years to come.