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“Hot Water Music’s post-hardcore sound is raw and rugged, but for the past five years, frontman Chuck Ragan has led the Revival Tour, bringing together musicians for an intimate acoustic tour inspired by the folk music tradition. Last year, Ragan was joined by Cory Branan and Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash, touring the world in stripped-down style. In this documentary, Ragan looks back at what and who he’s brought together for what have turned out to be emotionally powerful experiences.”
Please head on over to Rolling Stone for the premiere of The Revival Tour Documentary, a great half-hour inside look at The Revival Tour.
November 26, 2012
Thanks to Banquet Records for having us instore during the Fall 2012 Revival Tour!
November 15, 2012
October 24, 2012
Thanks to Uncle M for this great announcement video for our German dates on The Revival Tour!
24.10. DE — Berlin — SO36
02.11. DE — Hamburg — Übel & Gefährlich
03.11. DE — Dresden — Beatpol
04.11. DE — München — Freiheiz
05.11. AT — Wien — Flex
08.11. CH — Zürich — Abart
09.11. DE — Stuttgart — Zapata
10.11. DE – Wiesbaden — Ringkirche
For more information (and a full list of The Revival Tour dates for this fall), visit Tour Dates.
October 15, 2012
Hamburg – right now you have a chance to win a Chuck Ragan acoustic concert in your apartment the afternoon of November 2! All you need to do is send in a photo of your kitchen and the address. See here for all the details!
PS: Germany, Switzerland, and Austria: most of these shows are almost sold out, so grab your tickets now!
23.10. DE – Köln – Live Music Hall
24.10. DE – Berlin – SO36
02.11. DE – Hamburg – Übel & Gefährlich
03.11. DE – Dresden – Beatpol
04.11. DE – München – Freiheiz
05.11. AT – Wien – Flex
08.11. CH – Zürich – Abart
09.11. DE – Stuttgart – Zapata
10.11. DE – Wiesbaden – Ringkirche *already sold out*
October 4, 2012
The Revival Tour joined Daytrotter at the end of the spring tour in Rock Island, IL to record a session.
“For this day and night at the end of the spring tour, Ragan brought his raggedy band of brothers to Rock Island. He, Cory Branan, Nathaniel Rateliff and auxiliary musicians Joe Ginsberg and Jon Gaunt were joined that day by Tom Gabel of Against Me! (who would just weeks later announce his transformation into Laura Jane Grace). On these recordings (minus Gabel, who rested on the bus as they were happening), which run through the solo work of all, one can hear the camaraderie of five men determined to get to the bottom of just what’s being asked of them in life. They are willing to see their days run out and all blood spilled just to learn that there’s something at the ends of all these roads that might be worth continuing for and not just some rambling chase for the chase’s sake. Ragan sings, “Are we not the ones that manifest our destiny/Are we not the ones that spill blood in the streets/Are we not the ones that eat our young, destroy the land and sea/Then cry for help when all is said and done,” and it’s that thought – of when all is said and done – that he and these other men want to feel good about. It’s important to them that there’s something worthwhile, when the punctuation closes for them.”
Thank you to Daytrotter for having us out! Visit their website to listen to and download the session.
The Road Most Traveled is more than just a collection of anecdotes, it’s as much a handbook of how to act on tour as it is a cautionary tale of what not to do if you want to sustain this lifestyle for years to come. There couldn’t be a better person to put together this tome than Chuck Ragan and here he’s collected tales from members of the Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, At the Drive-In and many more, all of whom share their own unique perspective on travel. The road isn’t always glamorous, but for some of us it’s in our blood. These are those stories.
Collecting road stories and cautionary tales from Berlin to Boston, Hollywood to Helsinki, each chapter offers a unique perspective on travel and how to survive it. Each chapter has its own voice and its own pearls of wisdom, from Greg Anntonito of The Bouncing Souls espousing the importance of sleep and water (“if you are touring for up to nine months a year, you have to develop endurance and a healthy lifestyle. Especially if you are a lead singer”) while internationally-published journalist Jonah Bayer finds sage advice in Bill and Ted (“the most valuable lesson that I’ve learned is simply to ‘be excellent to each other’”). Yo-yo demonstrator Steve Brown urges the need to explore (“No matter how tired you are, how broke you are, how little you feel loved or appreciated . . . go check out that county fair”) while Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon advocates not taking this touring life for granted (“I realized one day I’m going to be too old, or too tired, or just called to something else, so I need to enjoy this now. Live today. Watch everything, absorb everything, breathe it in”). Narratives such as these and many more from Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath, Chunksaah Records president Kate Hiltz, At The Drive-In’s Jim Ward, and many more offer snapshots into a world than many have never witnessed while, at the same time, providing much-needed advice to those actually living that lifestyle.
“This book is dedicated to those who have, and continue to live a life on the road, and to our loved ones who’ve dealt with our absence which is result of this way of life and work,” begins The Road Most Traveled, an inspiring assemblage of stories, tales and anecdotes about life on the road and how to survive it. Told by The Camaraderie Collective which consists of members of assorted punk and indie rock bands such as Flogging Molly, Samiam, Social Distortion, Frank Turner, Joe Gittlemen, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Dropkick Murphy’s Al Barr, William Elliot Whitmore, managers, bus drivers, crews, label personnel, and other folks who lived and worked just as long on the road behind the curtains and the lights. These stories were compiled by consummate road warrior, CHUCK RAGAN who himself logs over two thirds of each year on tour with his long-running band HOT WATER MUSIC, his Americana/folk solo career, and his traveling folk multi-artist ensemble THE REVIVAL TOUR. “I chose the road at an early age,” he writes in the foreward. “Although I found amazing places, stories, and people, I’ve lost just as many. I’ll say, looking back on the course of it all, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
July 22, 2012
Featuring Chuck Ragan, Cory Branan, Emily Barker, Jay Malinowski, and Rocky Votolato
“In the last five years that I’ve had the opportunity of being on The Revival Tour, it’s been nothing but an invigorating breath of fresh air amongst the sea of live music out there today,” explains Americana singer/songwriter Chuck Ragan about the musical and cultural collaborative phenomenon that he helped create. “The revolving showcase of real music by real people in a simple grassroots fashion seems it originated in the old days from families and communities sharing music together, this is the simple ethic in live music events that we aim to revive.” The UK and European edition this Fall kicks off with a multi-national collection of amazing storytellers in Ragan, American singer/songwriter Cory Branan (who played on this past Spring’s US edition), South Australia’s Emily Barker, Canada’s Jay Malinowski from reggae band Bedouin Soundclash and Texan Rocky Votolato.
The Revival Tour begins its trek in Cardiff, Wales on 16 October and circling throughout Europe and returning to the UK in late November and the official presale begins 23 July (Eventim presale in Germany on 25 July). To make the tour even more special, four separate presale packages will be available for purchase on www.therevivaltourtix.com (general on sale begins 28 July):
1) General Admission ticket with a free instant download of the 2012 Revival Tour Sampler including one track from each of the artists.
2) General Admission ticket and the hardcover edition of The Road Most Traveled by The Camaraderie Collective with a foreword by Chuck Ragan with writings, tour stories and advice by roadies, crew, bus drivers, agents and artists such as Frank Turner, Brian Fallon, William Elliot Whitmore, Franz Nicolay & many more, plus a download of the 2012 Revival Tour Sampler.
3) General Admission ticket and Limited Edition Lithograph plus an instant download of the 2012 Revival Tour Sampler.
4) General Admission ticket and Limited Edition 2011 Revival Tour LP Red Vinyl which includes a digital download card plus an instant download of the 2012 Revival Tour Sampler.
10.16 Solus / Cardiff, UK
10.17 Waterfront / Norwich, UK
10.18 Islington Academy / London, UK
10.19 Concorde 2 / Brighton, UK
10.20 Trix / Antwerp, BE
10.21 Tivoli de Helling / Utrecht, NL
10.23 Live Music Hall / Cologne, DE
10.24 SO36 / Berlin, DE
10.25 Amager Bio / Copenhagen, DK
10.26 John Dee / Oslo, NO
10.27 Musikens Hus / Göteborg, SE
10.28 Debaser Slussen / Stockholm, SE
10.30 Tavastia / Helsinki, FI
11.01 Inkonst / Malmö, SE
11.02 Uebel & Gefährlich / Hamburg, DE
11.03 Beatpol / Dresden, DE
11.04 Freiheiz / Munich, DE
11.05 Flex / Vienna, AT
11.06 KSET / Zagreb, HR
11.07 Factory (Area 2) Milano, IT
11.08 Abart / Zurich, CH
11.09 Zapata / Stuttgart, DE
11.10 Ringkirche / Wiesbaden, DE
11.11 Maroquinerie / Paris, FR
11.12 Wedgewood Rooms / Portsmouth, UK
11.13 Academy 2 / Oxford, UK
11.14 Academy 2 / Manchester, UK
11.15 Rescue Rooms / Nottingham, UK
11.16 Other Room / Birmingham, UK
11.17 Garage / Glasgow, UK
11.18 Northumbria University / Newcastle, UK
11.19 Thekla / Bristol, UK
11.20 Stylus / Leeds, UK
Pick up your special ticket packages now at www.therevivaltourtix.com!
April 12, 2012
JUST ANNOUNCED! The Revival Tour is coming through Denver tonight, Thursday, April 12th at the Summit Music Hall and we arranged a last minute Eat and Greet at Illegal Pete’s. This year’s lineup includes Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Tom Gabel (Against Me), Nathaniel Rateliff, and Cory Branan as well as Joe Ginsberg (Baywood), and Jon Gaunt. All the guys and their crew will be eating at Illegal Pete’s Downtown (1530 16th St) from 4pm to 6pm. You are invited to come down, meet the guys, and have a bite and drink before attending the show at the Summit. Doors open at the Summit at 7pm with the show starting shortly after.
If that weren’t enough, during 4pm to 6pm at Illegal Pete’s, you can buy 2 for 1 tickets while supplies last. The guys will also be bringing records, CDs, and other merch as giveaways while there.