American Roots Revue is a revolving showcase of world-class musicians and musical repertoire, who have toured throughout the region for the last decade. Produced by Long, each curated performance features American roots standards, spanning folk, blues, jazz, gospel, pop and rock, plus original songs by guest artists and the core group.
American Roots Revue returned to the Dakota on April 8, 2022 for a sold out performance in downtown Minneapolis with a spectacular lineup featuring Robert Robinson (“Pavarotti of Gospel”), Claudia Schmidt (“Masterful Weaver of Story & Song”), Tonia Hughes (“Powerhouse of Soul”), and Larry Long (“American Troubadour”).
The all-star band is led by Michael Bland (former Prince and Current Soul Asylum Drummer) and Billy Steele (Keyboardist for the Legendary Steele Family and Sounds of Blackness).
This recording captures what American Roots Revue does best, joyfully explore a wide range of popular and profound original material. From Tonia’s plaintive and celebratory take on Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” to Robert’s bone-chillin’ “Everybody’s Chains Came Off” to Claudia’s lovely original “Long, Long Time,” Larry’s own spiritualized “Holy Ground,” and Billy Steele’s beautiful “Blessing Song.”
Robert Robinson: Vocals
Claudia Schmidt: Vocals, Acoustic 12-String, Dulcimer
Tonia Hughes Kendrick: Vocals
Larry Long: Vocals, Acoustic 6-String, Harmonica, Mandolin
Billy Steele: Vocals, Keyboards
Michael Bland: Drums
Joe Savage: Pedal Steel, Dobro
George Parrish: Electric Guitar
Daryl Boudreaux: Percussion
Larry Dalton: Upright & Electric Bass
Mixing & Master Engineer: Mark Thayer | Signature Sounds
Sound & Recording Engineer: Alain Krause | Dakota
Photography: Mark Thayer
Design: Acorn Design | Karin Preus
American Roots Revue is produced by Larry Long
Sound Recording: ℗ © Larry Long Publishing 2022
American Roots Revue is a trademark of Larry Long
American Roots Revue Live at the Dakota is also available on most major streaming services including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Deezer, Pandora, Shazam, and more.
Special thanks to the Dakota, Lowell Pickett, Hammermillers, and each of you for your ongoing support. May the songs on this recording bring you joy.