Sometimes, a band comes along and does "their thing" a little bit outside the box. A little bit different from the norm or the standard. Sometimes it's a song, or a sound, or even a fresher take at writing. Sometimes all of that comes together at once, and that could be considered a Revival.
In February of 2007, Old Southern Moonshine Revival (OSMR) came together for the first time onstage for a forty-five minute set for about 300 people. The reaction was a unique one to say the least. The crowd had lots of questions following the performance. "How long have they been doing this? or "Are they from here?" But most importantly, "Where can I get their CD?"
Three weeks later, OSMR would headline one of North Carolina's top music venues for the first time. The reaction, the same. Only a little bigger, a little more fervent. In May of 2007 through June of 2007, OSMR played six very key shows for such a young band. They opened for former American Idol, Josh Gracin, followed up 2 weeks later opening for Jason Michael Carroll. In the ensuing month they would open for Cross Canadian Ragweed, followed by their first radio appearance on country station 93.1 “The Wolf”. The radio station had OSMR playing the Greensboro Coliseum's pre and post-show parties for the Tim and Faith Tour.
In July and August, the guys went back into the studio to continue work on their self-titled debut album, and would open for Reckless Kelly. In September of 2007, OSMR would go on to have another whirlwind month of headlining some of the biggest and best local and regional venues NC had to offer, with more radio spots, landing them their first radio single release "New Pair of Boots", which would go on to be one of the top 600 requested songs of 2007. OSMR by this time was making strong connections in Nashville, and had entertained several meetings between the 5 trips that were made from High Point to Nashville.
In October 2007, OSMR wrapped up recording for their debut CD. Packed the house at the CD release event at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, and two weeks later were in Nashville for a showcase at the legendary Exit/In. In November of 2007, OSMR played their second showcase at Nashville's Fuel, while writing new material for their second album.
In December 2007, the guys played acoustic shows to large crowds in between recording sessions and prepared themselves for 2008. All this was in 2007, well, 10 months of 2007 to be exact.
2008 started where ’07 left off. OSMR has been packing out music venues, selling music, recording, and working hard on spreading their music throughout the world. The whole band has an active role in not only the process of making music, but tireless self-promotion. Whether it is playing an acoustic set on a friend’s back porch or personally corresponding to fans around the globe, OSMR refuses to allow any leaves to be unturned in the strenuous process of spreading “The Revival”. And those efforts have hardly gone unnoticed.
OSMR has sold music and/or merchandise all across the United States, as well as to 6 different countries around the globe. Their music is self-written, self-produced, and packaged and shipped by the band. Like the music, the band has a unique line of fast-selling merchandise that is designed, marketed, and shipped by OSMR.
The Revival’s online presence has also seen the fruits of hard work. The official band web site has been visited by people in over 40 countries, and averaged 100,000+ unique views a month. While their Myspace fan base is quickly growing with plays in the thousands every day.
For such a young band, OSMR has some of the most loyal and faithful listeners possible. Their music is on countless podcasts throughout the US and Europe. In June 2008, listeners in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia, voted OSMR “Country Band of the Year” for 2008 at the Carolina Music Awards.
This is what OSMR has done since early 2007.
Are you ready for the future?