Ben Jones and Andrea Magee, the folk duo known as Beat Root Revival will join The Brian Setzer Orchestra on select dates for their 13th annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” beginning November 12, 2016 in Appleton, WI. Beat Root Revival recently released their self-titled album earlier this year on May 13, 2016 through New Orleans based label Toulouse Records (distributed by Sony/RED).
Both multi-instrumentalists, Jones, who is from England, plays almost all the instruments on the album including guitar, bass, piano, drums, bass harmonica, melodica, Hammond organ, ukulele, banjo and mandolin while Magee, who is from Ireland, plays guitar, bodhran, Irish whistles, flute and who’s style is deeply rooted in her Irish heritage.
Magee’s exposure to music came at an early age learning traditional Irish music and the flute. She began playing in bars in Ireland with her sister and father and later received an honors degree in music, then became a music teacher in charge of the music department in a high school. But Magee’s fate changed in 2013 when she wowed Sharon Osborne, Nicole Scherzinger and the other judges on X Factor UK with her original song, “Any Minute Now” during her audition, making it through to the next round. After her experience with X Factor and all of the attention she garnered from it, Magee moved to Kent, England where she began teaching again while moonlighting on the local music scene. There she met Jones, who’s interest in music began around twelve years old through his father’s influence, playing him music from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Neil Young. After Magee opened up for Jones’ band, they found their chemistry undeniable and soon formed Beat Root Revival. Word of mouth spread about their live performances so the duo decided to take a chance and see what musical adventures they could find in America. In 2014, they traveled to Austin, TX to their first SXSW where they experienced massive culture shock and fell in love with Austin. And if it wasn’t for the hospitality of a local taxi driver who was willing to show them some of the musical hotspots, they wouldn’t have made some valuable connections, one of which led to a big performance opening for Dale Watson.
The duo decided to stay in Austin where they continue to play in and around the local music scene. They’ve played at such notable venues as The Bluebird Café, The Continental Club and The Basement in addition to making frequent trips to Nashville and other cities. With each show, their fan base continues to grow charming audiences with their impassioned music. For all tour dates with The Brian Setzer Orchestra, please see below.
Dates With The BSO:
Sat Nov 12 – Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Thu Nov 17 – Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Live
Sat Nov 19 – Mashantucket, CT @ Fox Theater – Foxwoods Resort and Casino
Sun Nov 20 – Easton, PA @ State Theatre Center For The Arts
Mon Nov 21 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Wed Nov 23- Buffalo, NY @ University At Buffalo Center For The Arts
Fri Nov 25 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sat Nov 26 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
Sun Nov 27 – Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Wed Nov 30 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Tue Dec 13 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Thu Dec 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
Sat Dec 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
Mon Dec 26 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Tue Dec 27 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Thu Dec 29 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Luther Burbank Center For The Arts