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Old Truck Revival / Press

“Next up was Old Truck Revival. This trio rocked their strings with steady toe-tapping rhythms, and they performed a set full of original songs with great regional appeal. They began their set with a song called “Putnamville Quarry” and followed it up with “Don’t Follow Me,” a song about coal mining. Another of their originals, “Kentuckiana Blues,” called out some of the drawbacks of small town Southern Indiana living with lyrics like “stuck here in Crawfordsville.” Old Truck Revival’s style and talent reminded me of alt-country band Uncle Tupelo with their authentic rural American style. They topped off their set with a bluegrass cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and a cheerful tune by their friend Adam Carol called “Screen Door.” These guys are definitely worth a listen.”

“And as if that weren’t enough, new tracks from local keepers of the faith The Shelby County Sinners and Old Truck Revival will be accompanied by one from late 60s and early 70s country rock Gods Mason Proffit, featuring the talents of Indy’s own Talbot Brothers.”

“Long time listeners of the show will remember Junk Box Mike and John Boyer's first appearance on Indy In-Tune, as Junk Box Mike and band, where collectively we were the first podcast to be recorded in, and the first people forcibly ejected from, the Palladium in Carmel. Now they become the first guests to actually perform all of their tracks live for the podcast. Don't worry, if you missed the live performance, you'll get a chance to hear it replayed during that "Monday Night Live" thing I'm still trying to get worked out. OTR, as opposed to JBM, features high energy bluegrass-influenced music played with the precision of two excellent musicians and occasionally joined by some of the finest supplemental players in the metro area. Even if bluegrass isn't your thing -- and I have to admit that beyond a a casual appreciation and respect it really isn't mine -- these guys will make believers out of you. ”

“Sabbatical hosted one of 14 stages assembled for the festival. Equipped with their immense outdoor patio, the restaurant held several performances, one of which was The Old Truck Revival. This alcoholic-bluegrass duo strummed redneck tunes from their mandolin, guitar and upright bass. A far cry from the knee-slapping, boot-stomping style of bluegrass that many are familiar with, these musicians kept their music simple and gritty.”

“In an interesting display of collaboration and camaraderie, Junk Box Mike and John Bowyer stayed on stage together for an additional 25 minutes of music, simply shifting the attention to Bowyer as he headlined the third set of the evening. Though I often focus on sound and feeling (rather than lyrical content), Bowyer’s songs of back country roads and rural living spoke loud and clear to this country-girl-at-heart. Through utilization of guitar, mandolin, and banjo supported by Junk Box Mike on upright bass, Bowyer connected with his audience and entertained with unique instrumentation. ”

“Some artists are storytellers, spinning legends out of characters and situations they've created. Other artists, are legends and stories unto themselves. In that analogy, I like to think of Junk Box Mike more as a portrait painter. The body of his work focuses around people, places, and themes in his life (by themes, I mean fishing) whose broad strokes are something we can all identify with. They seem real to us, because they are real to him. Sure, Bob Seger can do an entire album about laboring thanklessly for the man, but we know a day of work for him largely revolves around planning his trip to the mailbox to pick up his royalty check. When Junk Box Mike performs, you can be assured that, were you to walk up to him after the show and buy him a beer, you'd meet exactly the same guy you pictured in your head while you listened to his songs. I encourage you to try this!”

“Junk Box Mike brought a touch of rustic charm to The Acoustic LIVE Challenge with warm vocals, countrified lyrics, and mandolin support from John Bowyer. He dressed the part and played with confidence. “We’re gonna play some hilljack music for you,” Mike announced before beginning his set with his instantly-likable song “Charlie Mac”

““I had caught Junk Box briefly nearly a year ago. This time around, we have just one person from there: Junk Box Mike takes the stage next, only he’s not alone. Joining him on fiddle is fellow participant John Bowyer on the mandolin (but more on him later). Though fast paced, rock usually dominates my playlist, and I will admit to drifting off a little during some of his slower songs, Junk Box Mike seemed very relaxed and had a great feel for what he was doing. I know I’m supposed to tune out Bowyer for this section, but I thought the mandolin was a nice touch to Mike’s country-western/folk style. Best of all? He tried to get some crowd participation going, as to not seem like he was performing to a wall, but instead, a room full of people. But he’s not done yet. Why? Because he has a part in John Bowyer’s set. There is no change on stage. Instead this time it’s Mike who performs in a backing role with an upright bass as Bowyer takes us through a folk-laden journey” ”