Pokey LaFarge released a new album this year called Manic Revelations. We all know what that means: the current King of Midwestern swing returns to Rotterdam with his sensational band! Equally troubadour, entertainer, author and rebel, LaFarge brings rootsy styles such as ragtime, soul, bluegrass and country to life as if he’s invented them all himself.
Like most artists, LaFarge is painfully aware of the building tensions in the world. Manic Revelations is both his most personal and politically charged record so far. Riot In The Streets reflects on the racial riots in Ferguson and Mother Nature fights against the unrealistic image standards society imposes on women. Silent Movie is a call to arms to love your immediate surroundings and not to be swallowed up by the chaos of the outside world.
Pokey LaFarge and his band wrap all these headaches with stubborn optimism: the sweeping sounds of brass, upright bass, harmonica, piano and Pokey’s own spirited voice will always prevail. In America they do love a happy ending, and as far as bona fide American music is concerned, LaFarge is now enturely in a class of his own.