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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Spirit Family Reunion brings back church-revival sound

  • The Americana band that will forever have the distinction of opening for the late Levon Helm of The Band at his last public performance, Spirit Family Reunion has acquired a sizeable fan base without a label, booking agent or radio promoter, largely via word of mouth.

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  • About the band
    The Americana band that will forever have the distinction of opening for the late Levon Helm of The Band at his last public performance, Spirit Family Reunion has acquired a sizeable fan base without a label, booking agent or radio promoter, largely via word of mouth. They have sold thousands of self-burned CDs of their debut EP in hand-printed cases, and will release their debut album, “No Separation,” later this month.
    Their sound is inspired by old-time church revivals, with all six members singing and inspiring audience members to clap, chant, stomp and shout along.
    About ‘No Separation’
    Groups like Mumford & Sons have inspired a sort of mini-wave of hipster Americana, but on their debut album “No Separation,” Spirit Family Reunion comes across more like the groups that inspired the newbies, reveling (literally) in the warm, authentic sounds generated by their banjos, fiddles and harmonicas. (It would be very disappointing to hear that the album was recorded in a studio rather than a barn, or better yet, in some open clearing along the Appalachian Trail.) They sound more than ready to take up Helm’s mantle.
    Must-hears: “I Am Following the Sound,” a heartfelt hoedown about music, girls, dancing and second chances; and their version of “Green Rocky Road,” a raw country stomper.
    Contact Peter Chianca at pchianca@wickedlocal.com.

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