What’s in a name? Sometimes nothing, and sometimes everything. In the case of The Freeway Revival, the latter certainly seems to ring true. Theirs is music that was born from the energy and the spirit that comes from a life spent on the road, and the packed tour schedule they have maintained since their inception has strengthened their sound- a healthy mix of guitar driven soul and rock n roll with a flare of psychedelic, complimented by four part vocal harmonies.
After releasing an introductory self-titled EP in 2016, logging numerous tour dates including appearances at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam By Day and the Mountain Sports Festival, The Freeway Revival has recently released their first full length album titled Revolution Road.
The band began with twin brothers Adam and Jonathan Clayton, on keys and guitar respectively. In 2015, with the addition of singer and bassist Kenny Crowley, blazing young guitarist Tim Husk, and the John Bonham-style drumming of Cartwright Brandon, the current brotherhood was formed. With musical influences ranging from the Allman Brothers and Little Feat to The Band, Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and the like, finding their footing among the vintage rockers of the 60s and 70s may sound daunting. But after listening to songs like the poetic rock track “When It Breaks”, the funky barn-burner jam “Soul Survivor”, or the introspective soul offering “Rise” it’s clear that the boys of The Freeway Revival are game for the challenge. All four members are independent songwriters who challenge each other yet collaborate in harmony. Music is their church, and the road is their home.
The biggest proof of this is in the new album. “A lot of it is about our personal experiences, and our portrayal of the current American landscape. But more than that, it’s about the expression of freedom and living truthfully. It’s about being kind and authentic to others and in return taking that vibe and projecting it in our music” Kenny explains. “That’s why we called it Revolution Road. It’s not as much a revolt against something as it is a celebration of keeping the wheels turning towards the positive things in life now and in the future.”
“We’ve weathered some delays in terms of the recording process, all in the name of putting the best version of this vision to tape. Toss in the fact that we are on the road constantly, and it all gets a touch overwhelming”, says Adam. “But we are extremely happy with the outcome of the record, and we tip our hat to producer Matt Hueneman who wasn’t afraid to send us back to the woodshed during the recording process in search of excellence. It’s also very important to get into different markets and in front of new music fans because this is what we all want to do and we’re completely dedicated to it. We’re hoping it will launch us into national success.” Now with a brand-new album, a tireless work ethic and equal doses of faith and passion, Freeway Revival is hungry for what’s next.
For more information on the band, visit their website at: FreewayRevival.com
Freeway Revival will be featured live in the Stone Hearth Bar in the Red Barn at Ragged Mountain Ski Resort on Saturday, February 17. There is no admission fee. The exact time has not been finalized. Call (603) 768-3600 for more information.