Music Scene: The Revivalists, People’s Blues of Richmond, Kyle Hollingsworth Band

People’s Blues of Richmond plays Friday at the Music Farm.

The story of New Orleans-born band the Revivalists is one that restores a bit of purity to the music business, the kind in which raw talent stumbles upon itself and into critical acclaim to prove that heart and grit are still enough to rise above the crowd.

The septet assembled after guitarist Zack Feinberg took a new route home on his bike, only to stop in his tracks at the sound of David Shaw singing and strumming on his front porch. Feinberg introduced himself, and a jam session between the two began a week later.

The duo cut its teeth on Esplanade Avenue between the 6th and 7th wards, in the back-room dives and cinder-block urban caves, where liquor and sweat seep into the streets as thickly as the jazz and blues legacies that provided the city its soundtrack and soul.

The pair recruited an assortment of players from various backgrounds and began wafting its way into a genre split between rock, blues, funk, Americana and soul, for which the band’s naturalism and performances received fast recognition and respect among the local scene.

The Revivalists have since spent the last seven years callousing itself to life on the road and riding a windfall of positive press following the release of its 2012 album, “City of Sound.” The album prompted glowing words from Rolling Stone, Paste, the Huffington Post, Relix and others, helping the group earn spots at Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Mountain Jam, Hangout, Voodoo Music and Arts Fest and more. Wind-Up Records signed the group and re-released the record in March of last year.

The Revivalists will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with People’s Blues of Richmond and Pimps of Joytime. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show and are available at the Music Farm box office or online at Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Go to

Some bands are born out of necessity, the ever-pining need to say something that has gone long unsaid perhaps. You can hear it when it happens. It’s in the yearning and accordant disarray. It’s in the believability of the conviction and the stirring of the song itself, in the vocal wavering of sanity bursting forth mercilessly, too.

It’s all there in the young trio from Virginia known as the People’s Blues of Richmond, a band that was started by college friends Tim Beavers and Matt Volkes to mourn the death of a close friend.

The band’s debut was recorded in two days in 2010 and sounds like a psychedelic-blues exorcism that’s equal parts quirky, spooky and detoxifying.

The album earned the friends comparisons to classic rock outfits they’d idolized and ushered in a new tier of venues, producers and musicianship, which ultimately culminated in the recording of last year’s “Good Time Suicide.”

The sophomore effort was recorded with Adrian Olsen (Futurebirds, Steve Wynn) on the handmade 1968 board T. Rex used for its 1976 album “Futuristic Dragon,” an album that many believe was Marc Bolan’s return to glory following his own battles with drug addiction and life lows. To date, the band has played with Black Joe Lewis, Ghostland Observatory and Galactic to support the new album. People’s Blues of Richmond will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with The Revivalists and Pimps of Joytime. Ticket information above.

Kyle Hollingsworth rose to prominence within the expansive scene of jam bands for his part with the relative masters of modern psychedelic blues-rock and jam band music, the String Cheese Incident.

Hollingsworth joined the String Cheese Incident during the mid-1990s and strengthened his chops throughout decades of touring that saw him perform alongside and collaborate with Paul Simon, Warren Haynes, Phil Lesh, Bruce Hornsby, Bela Fleck, Bob Weir and others. Hollingsworth continues to tour and record with the String Cheese Incident, but in recent years, the pianist has formed several side projects, including the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, with which the multi-instrumentalist has used to explore his jazz roots in more depth and enjoyed such company as Robert Randolph, Joshua Redman, DJ Logic and Dar Williams during his three-album solo career.

The Kyle Hollingsworth Band will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Assembly of Dust and Ben Cameron. Tickets are $15 online at or at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8:15 p.m.