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Joel Wilson & The Revival / Press

“Joel Wilson & the Revival rocked it on Oklahoma Live.”

“The official motto of Vernon, Texas, populatoin 12,000, is “Steer our way!” Centered in the Lone Star state’s north central Wilbarger County, it is cattle country with wide-open spaces and bright starry nights. Vernon is home to other kinds of stars, having given the world vocalist Roy Orbison and jazz trombonist Jack Teagarden. It’s also the place Oklahoma City musician Joel Wilson, vocalist and rhythm guitar for Joel Wilson and the Revival’s, said he’s from when asked where he grew up. You can hear the breezy rustle of bluebonnets in the young man’s decidedly Texas twang. Wilson came here after winning a track and field scholarship to Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. He stayed on in the Sooner State to work in the oil service industry and start country-rock band Joel Wilson and the Revival. “I’ve been playing for six years and came together with my drummer Mike Tapscott last April,” Wilson said. “Next we got together Joe Ellington (bass) and Eric Wil”

“I had the opportunity to check out a new band from Oklahoma City the other night ,”Joel Wilson and The Revival”. They were playing at Grady’s 66 Pub in Yukon. I had not heard much about this band except that they had some good, original music. I was truly impressed with this band. Their songs were first-rate. Joel Wilson has that breed of country voice you expect from a red dirt band. The Revival brings that edgy rock feel to the mix. From the upbeat song All About Me, to the slower, waltzy Regular Guy, their songs will keep you swaying to the beat. Joel had a way about him that kept the crowd on their feet and singing along. The chemistry these musicians sparked was nothing less than brilliant. The guitarist, Eric Williams is extremely talented, his guitar rifts are magic and blend in with the lyrics very well. The rest of the band is made up of Joe Ellington on Bass guitar and Michael Tapscott on drums, they provide a wild ride as you roll from song to song.....”

“I met Joel Wilson by accident. I was in Oklahoma City and happened to pass by JJ’s Alley. I stopped, popped in, and saw Joel playing, and really thought he was very talented. I wanted to have him here at Block 32. My favorite song of his is American Ground. It’s a very beautiful and touching song. Cajun Woman, I love that song too. I think a lot of the songs he writes are really beautiful.”

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