Brian James and the Revival -- Personnel
Nashville guitar slinger and frontman Brian James brings his brand of blues and soul revival to the stage every time he sets foot on it. The Nashville 2014 Blues Challenge Winner and 2015 IBC representative reawakens the real music inspired by the pioneers while authentically contributing to the future of roots music. As a fiery national touring act, Brian James and his band have played festivals and clubs, building a loyal following anywhere they go. The energy, emotion and feeling pours out of every step of that strut as he glides across the stage its an interactive, infectious exchange, like a dance, with his audience. He's just doing what he loves and when you are in the crowd, you feel it. This guy is real and ... he's real good.
Dave Roberts is a solid blues drummer who relocated to Eugene, Oregon in 2015 to help out on the family farm and to immerse himself in the local music scene. Dave's approach to music and life is as carefree as his personality, laid-back, soulful, approachable. "One hell-of-a nice guy", said the Rainy Day Blues Society. Artistically, Dave is a pocket drummer that sets and locks in the groove with a solid backbeat while playing in between the lines with subtle, syncopated beats called ghost-sticking or polyrythms. His style is fun, tastefully improvisational and crowd pleasing. Dave comes from a family of 'natural musicians' and began playing drums at age 10. He is comfortable on big and little stages, has toured internationally and has performed before stadium crowds in excess of 50,000 people. His hobbies include warm-water surfing and hiking.
Hugh taught himself piano as a teenager so he could play the blues he loved, and hasn’t looked back since. He has shared a stage with luminaries like Bo Diddley and Mick Fleetwood, toured with the Rhythm Masters, John Mooney and Jeff Sarli (Jeff went on to play bass on the Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon album), and opened for many of his heroes growing up, such as Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, James Cotton, and Koko Taylor. As keyboardist for the band Soul Providers, in 1994 he represented the D.C. Blues Society in the International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis, Tenn.