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February 7, 2014

Premium blend: The Last Revel shows it's aging well on latest release 'Uprooted'

The Last Revel shows it's aging well on latest release 'Uprooted'

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"It's my favorite piece of music I've ever been involved with," Acker said. "When he started playing those notes, it took the air right out of the room."

The song pairs well with the plaintive goodbye in "Oh Dear Oh Darling" and the haunting undertones of "His Days Are Gone." Elsewhere, however, The Last Revel is at its raucous best.

In "Off the Shelf" and "Bones," the band shows its penchant for tavern-razing harmonies while exploring substance abuse and mortality. In "Lonesome Girl," the band brought in guest pianist Ian Moreland to add a bit of beer-soaked, ragtime charm to the saloon-style come-on. And the unexpected arrangement of the folk tune "In The Pines" — which is the only cover on the album — serves as nod to music tradition while exemplifying the band's ability to put its stamp on the genre.

Taken cumulatively, the album is well-paced and diverse with an emotional depth that is perhaps uncommon for a band making its full-length debut.

"We focus very strictly on songwriting and making music as a trio," said Acker, adding that all three band members are multi-instrumentalists and share vocal duties. "We're definitely evolving and maturing."

After following up tonight's release party with another on Saturday at the Turf Club, the band will embark on a five-state, 17-date tour that carries them through April. Acker said he hopes the effort will help springboard The Last Revel into the next stratosphere of performing groups.

"We definitely want to spread our wings and play to as many people as we can," Acker said. "The next step is starting to play outside our region. And that doesn't happen overnight."

For more information about the band, visit www.thelastrevel.com.

If You Go What The Last Revel CD release party, with guests Kind Country When 8 p.m. today Where Kato Ballroom, 200 Chestnut St. Tickets $7 at the door

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