“2011's 4th Best Roots Act in Providence ”
"The Reverend's vox land somewhere between Built to Spill's Doug Martsch and the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano."
"...Bastien and his pals kick up some serious dust right from the start on "Heartbreak On the Highway" and "District of Confusion" .... "Tallahassee Moonlight" from Campfire Stories is resurrected with full band on the renamed "Denver Sunrise," followed by two of the Reverend's finest offerings in "Scores to Settle In Vegas" and "Sleepless Days."
“Campfire Stories boasts a handful of acoustic keepers and spoken-word journals reflecting Bastien's travels, saluting dusty railcars and saloon-fueled heartache”
“Rev Bastien is almost too Americana to be Americana as they come across as a rougher barbed wire mix of old country and folk sung by a railroad hobo forever on the run.”
“The bouncing bass lines in the verses of tunes like “Single Lane” and “Is She Smarter than a Fifth Grader” sounds like some sort of pre-funk meets folk science experiment while the lyrics take the adventure theme and run with it.”
“By the fourth track of Rev Bastien’s debut record, Roadside Attractions, a ditty called “Denver Sunrise” I was not only sold but ready to start a Rev Bastien Fan Club. The momentum just kept building with “Scores to Settle in Vegas” (how can one not like a song titled this?) which kind of mixes Neil Young’s storytelling narratives with a sound that would probably fall under Americana.”
“...a cross between Big Pink-era members of the Band and Desperado-era members of the Eagles.”
“... a heartland rock sound reminiscent of his influences like Tom Petty, Warren Zevon, and Leonard Cohen.”
“Gold Auddy Award for "Is She Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?"”
“Platinum Auddy Award for "Scores To Settle in Vegas"”
"...rousing energy that moved us as listeners."
"rhody roots rock"
"It's hard to find unique & original work in the music scene these days. [Reverend Bastien's] sound is a combination of some of my favorite genres & it's done with a unique mix. I definitely get an overarching indie rock vibe to the sound too..."
"we are honored to be graced with his holiness, Reverend Bastien"