Three Star Revival @ Asheville Music Hall 3-23-2019
Three Star Revival was founded by frontman Ben Gaines and lead guitarist Cameron Moore in 2015. Gaines’ gifts as a vocalist and songwriter had already earned him a local following in Knoxville, but things really took off when he met his collaborative partner in Moore. Moore is a veritable guitar prodigy, and a Memphis native who was raised on classic Stax records, and the blues and jazz scene still vibrant in his hometown. After jamming for a few sessions on some more folky and country tunes, Gaines and Moore began to rapidly expand their musical horizons, going electric and incorporating sounds from across the Americana landscape and beyond with forays into funk, soul, r&b, and jazz. Initially playing with a rotating cast of Knoxville musicians, Gaines and Moore solidified their touring lineup with keys player Gregory Walton, bassist Tyler Reddick, and drummer Bo Kitzman. The quintet sprang forth from East Tennessee with an exhilarating live show that always keeps the listener engaged with meaningful lyrics, strong songwriting, and ridiculous improvisational jams from the talented 5 piece group. Three Star Revival is rapidly growing around Tennessee and the Southeast, with a heavy touring schedule and new music on the horizon, this group has only begun to plant its roots in the musical landscape.
“There’s a certain dreaminess woven throughout […] and when Gaines and his bandmates lock in on one another, the songs reach an anthemic crescendo with the urgency of a man driving hellbent for leather to get to his lover’s side before she boards the plane that will carry her across the country.” – Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times
“Three Star Revival is serving up a big ol’ helping of southern-fried funk. Their lineup is stacked with talent including one of the best lead guitarists in town in Cam Moore (that solo at about 3:49 is just perfect), keyboard extraordinaire Greg Walton, a baller rhythm section with Tyler Reddick and Bo Kitzman, and charismatic frontman Ben Gaines. This newest release is the closest that Three Star has come yet to bottling the energy of their live show into a studio recording.” – Kent Oglesby, Knoxville Music Warehouse