Leon and the Revival emerged in 2015 when members of established Denver bands Reverend Leon’s Revival and The Royal began to collaborate on a new project that showcased the members’ shared love of classic soul and R&B music from the 1960s and 70s.
Influenced by Otis Redding, Van Morrison, Darondo, Solomon Burke, Ann Peebles, Rateliff and the boys, and James Brown. The Revival fuse multiple musical styles into a high-energy, deeply satisfying live musical experience.
The group has proudly performed at 5 Points Jazz Fest, The Underground Music Showcase, Docuwest Film and Music Festival, a backyard in Spokane, Washington, Honky Tonk Hodge Podge in Cold Beer, New Mexico, Globe Hall, Larimer Lounge, Bar Fly, Goosetown Tavern, and a wide variety of Denver’s other best and worst venues headlining and providing support for great national acts like Rebirth Brass Band, The Family Crest, Davina and the Vagabonds, and a growing lists of other great bands. Although Leon and the Revival’s sound is firmly rooted in traditional soul music, they infuse their songs with modern touches: driving guitar and keyboard work and melodic, effects-laden basslines. The Revival is Andy Schneider, keyboards and vocals; Eli Fredrickson, bass; Eric Marshall, drums; Mark Nelson, guitars; and a killer horns section which includes regulars Breana Knight, Trombone; Michael Windham, Saxophone; and Randy Runyan, trumpet. Other players often included are Ben Parrish, guitar; Ryan Sargent, trombone; and Tung Pham, trumpet.
Frontman Paul Leon Ramsey describes his inspiration for the Revival’s live shows:
“When I was a kid, my dad’s cousin told me that when my dad was a teenager, he used to sneak out of the house on Friday nights to sing at the juke joint on the outskirts of town. As he told me the story, I watched my father blush (for the first and only time).
“That secret still ignites my imagination. Our shows are an interpretation of what the juke joint out on the country roads of Sherman, Texas might have been; the image of folks dancing and giving themselves over to the music just enough to make them blush and grin decades later.”