We are The Roosevelts: America's Own Indie-Rock Act
The Roosevelts lead singer James Mason muses on the birth of their name:
“It was Presidents’ Day. It was our first day in the studio. We had the songs, but
we didn’t have a name. There were two of them, and two of us. – I like to think
they would have been fans of our music.”
As one half of the electric duo along with lead guitarist Jason Kloess, the two
brothers – in song, not blood (though maybe beards) – carved a distinctive niche
on the renowned live music scene of Austin, Texas, before their recent move to
the music industry’s “third coast” – Nashville, Tennessee. Together, the
songsmiths cultivated a sound that's a little bluesy, a little bit folky, and a little bit
rock 'n' roll. Sure, there's some mandolin in there, but most importantly, it's just
heartfelt, genuine music that belongs to them alone, not any genre. When forced
to give it a name, the boys will tell you it’s “harmony-driven American rock with a
Still, some tastemakers are describing their sound as “warm, rootsy pop.”
Ultimately, you might have to decide for yourself.
The Roosevelts are a “live” band if there ever was one. 2016 found The
Roosevelts completing a run of at-capacity tour dates and one-nighters with
Robert Earl Keen, Green River Ordinance, and Grace Potter; a featured spot at
the BMI Songwriters Festival in Key West; and hard-earned feature spots at
world-famous, tastemaker festivals South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City
Their show provides a rousing, dance-worthy compilation of songs, but also
features poignant tunes that scale the depth of their personality and
communicate their story with remarkable power. Having a charismatic ability to
connect with fans and a delightful set of songs, concert-goers can’t help but smile
– making The Roosevelts a band that music fans of any genre can’t afford to
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
9 years, 3 genres, and 4 records into it, Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s sound has emerged as something different than anyone might have expected. The music, now filled with 3 and 4-part harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles in one section and Motown in the next. The drums, bass, and keys, now centered on a Stax-like groove, and the 3 electric guitars now tastefully breathe dynamics into each song. All-the-while, the organic horns don’t dominate but compliment, like the old Memphis soul horns or The Band in “The Last Waltz”.
Forming in a dorm room in 2007, the band chose its name after a picture scrolled across a computer screen – just a simple sign with the words “Holy Ghost Tent Revival” written on it. Someone saw the picture, shouted out those words and there was no going back. Birthed of a banjo-driven fireball of ragtime/swing energy, Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s roots were formed by getting people moving on a dance floor. With their latest EP release, Summer Jelly, HGTR proved to be advancing and adding a new depth to their sound, and the fans were digging it.
Now laced with female vocals, 4 part harmonies, synths, and a second trumpet, HGTR is marrying genres in a way that NPR describes as that of a “soul-rock horn band that recalls 60s and 70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers…”. This new sound has inspired amazing acts like Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Shovels and Rope, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band to share their stage with them and in turn has elevated Holy Ghost Tent Revival to a nationally touring, mainstage-ready band.