Nine years, three genres, and four records into it, Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s sound has emerged as something different than anyone might have expected. The music is now filled with three and four-part harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles in one section and Motown in the next. The drums, bass, and keys, are centered on a Stax-like groove, and the three electric guitars breathe dynamic into each song. All-the-while with organic horns that 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 with female vocals, four 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.