The Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO - March 11, 2017
Article by: Eliana Grossman
Trout Steak Revival, a bluegrass band formed in Colorado, has come a long way from their humble beginnings. After winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in 2014, the band has quickly risen up in the ranks. Westword has recently named them Denver’s Best Bluegrass Band, and they have surely earned the title. Trout Steak Revival is made up of five members, Travis McNamara, Steve Foltz, Will Koster, Casey Houlihan, and Bevin Foley, all who bring a certain type of unique flavor to the band.
The way that Trout Steak Revival plays you would never guess that none of them grew up playing bluegrass, or that only one of them was a Colorado native. The band got their beginnings in Michigan, where McNamara, Koster, and Houlihan all met each other working at a summer camp, and then later met Foltz. They all moved down to Colorado, and picked up Foley, their amazingly talented and lively fiddle player, who also adds a deep, sultry voice to their sound. Trout Steak Revival just came out with their third album, Brighter Every Day, and last night at their show, those new songs were given a very warm welcome.
Last night, two band s-The Last Revel and The River Arkansas, opened up for Trout Steak Revival. The Last Revel got the crowd whooping, jumping, and do-si-doing, and did upbeat, just as well as they did slow, with their song “Light in My Eyes.” After their set, The River Arkansas took the stage, with the lead singer, Mike Clark, barefoot and sporting a wide, contagious smile. Clark, with his strong, and uniquely resonant voice commanded immediate attention from the audience, and they were left swaying to The River Arkansas’s jubilant tunes.
Trout Steak Revival finally took the stage, and started right off with a lively fiddle solo from Foley. Foley has the ability to play the fiddle like it will be her last time on stage, every time she plays. The mixture of the fiddle, mandolin, guitar, stand-up bass, and banjo, all add up to make up a traditional bluegrass sound, while also making it easy to pick up on their other influences and backgrounds, in their sound and their lyrics. They played their song “Brighter Every Day”, off their new album, and the crowd was easily swept up into the hopeless positivity of the lyrics, “cause what you got is hard to find, and it gives a lot of hope to this heart of mine.” The band really hyped up the crowd when they decided to sing a song all about pie, which is apparently Koster’s favorite food, so it was not ironic when he was the one to introduce the song. Later in the set, the band brought out Chris Pandolfi from The Infamous Stringdusters, who helped to produce Brighter Every Day, and played with Trout Steak Revival all the way until the end of the show. Trout Steak Revival will be touring until July, where they end their tour playing at Rockygrass in Lyons, CO.