Bringing to life the rootsy sound of America’s colorful past are Dustbowl Revival, a group of Venice, CA musicians who play music like the 1930s never ended. All the sounds one imagines when thinking of Americana roots music (harmonica, washboard, layered harmonies, even the kazoo) spring to life with ease, begging the question of why anyone would ever trade such classic instruments for anything else. For all modern music has to offer these days, it’s often difficult to figure out how to work in a kazoo.
In addition to the nostalgia factor rooted in this song, there’s just something fun about Dustbowl Revival’s music – it’s snappy and full, with the kind of carefree bounce that only singsong whistling and upbeat fiddle playing can achieve. “Josephine” is the first single from Carry Me Home, Dustbowl Revival’s expected 2013 album and third full-length record. The band is currently playing shows along the West Coast, so if you like what you hear, check out the tour dates on their website and stop by to listen to them live.