Before BR549, before Hank Williams III and Wayne “The Train” Hancock, before The Revered Horton Heat and others, there were the Stray Cats. They were American music’s first retro, throwback band. They were one of the very first bands to make old music cool again.
2011’s installment of The Revival Festival in Austin, TX by many measurables was a rousing success. Putting together the headliners of Hank Williams III and The Reverend Horton Heat, they created a festival that didn’t appeal to just one demographic, and they were rewarded by the biggest attendance The Revival Fest has seen. Revival Fest also facilitated May 28th being officially deemed “Rockabilly Revival Day” in Austin, TX by the mayor.
For 14 years, Hank III struggled under the oppressive control of Curb Records, who did little to promote his music, held up his album releases with legal wrangling, and stifled his creative freedom. Revival Fest will be the first time Hank III will be able to play whatever he wants without worry of handing over intellectual property to Mike Curb’s evil empire.