Music Scene: Leon Russell, The Revivalists

Leon Russell

Like some folkloric prophet, Leon Russell's mystique seems to thicken with age; his importance to the modern era deepening with every generation influenced by his foretelling weaving of genres.

Russell is a musical god to some, a legend to many and, ironically, unknown by name to most.

If you haven't heard of Russell himself, that's because the 72-year-old blues and classic rock singer/songwriter/guitarist/pianist spent much of his life behind the scenes as a studio musician and songwriter.

The Oklahoma native can be heard on many albums, including production by Phil Spector and with songs from The Byrds throughout the '60s. Later, Russell would embark on his own songwriting career, writing songs for Joe Cocker, the Carpenters and Luther Vandross, to name a few. Throughout the '70s, Russell performed and/or recorded with artists like Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and George Harrison; he even toured with the Rolling Stones.

To date, Russell has released nearly 40 albums and continues to produce multiple albums every year.

Leon Russell will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $25 in advance at Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or visit for more information.

New Orleans-based indie rock, R&B and funk septet The Revivalists has spent seven years callousing itself to the growing touring demands most bands must endure if expecting to survive in today's music business.

But don't feel too bad for them; the band is also riding out the windfall of positive press following the release of its outstanding 2012 album, "City of Sound." The album prompted glowing words from Rolling Stone, Paste, The Huffington Post, Relix and others, as well as helping the group earn spots at Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Mountain Jam, Hangout, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and more.

The Revivalists will bring its road-tested live show to the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., on Friday, along with the Black Cadillacs and Tyler Boone Band. Tickets are $15-$18 and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.

Go to or call 577-6969 for more information.