Folk Soul Revival – a QRE Review of The Congregation by Best Selling Author Brandon Hale

by Brandon on November 12, 2012

Folk Soul Revival

Folk Soul Revival, performing 'Jawbone Blues' from their latest album 'Prompting The Dapperness'

I’ve already done a review of a Folk Soul Revival show over at my own site, Books From Hale (you can read it here), so when Garv asked if I wanted to review the show I saw last night, I decided to take a different route.

For this review, I’m not going to talk about the band. Last night’s show at the UVA-Wise Convocation Center was great, as always, and I’ll just leave it at that.

For this review, I’m going to talk about their fans. You see, the Folk Soul Revival fan base is as much as part of the FSR experience as the band itself.

Just like Star Trek fans are called Trekkies (or Trekkers, if you’re a militant jerk about it), Grateful Dead fans are Deadheads, and Jimmy Buffett fans are Parrotheads, Folk Soul Revival Fans are called The Congregation.

Now, being honest, I don’t know where the name came from. I don’t know if it happened naturally or if someone in the band thought it would be a great marketing idea.

It doesn’t matter, though, because it’s completely appropriate that their fans have a name.


Because the one thing that Star Trek, The Grateful Dead, and Jimmy Buffett have in common is the fact that their fans are… well… let’s just say they’re devoted.

And that completely applies to the fans of FSR.

I’ve now seen them play three times, and last night I saw several familiar faces in crowd. Many of the people were folks (pun intended) I saw at both of the other shows.

Prompting The DappernessAnd it’s not just that they follow the band from venue to venue. These people are devoted to more than just the band. These people are devoted to being part of the good time.

They are active participants.

Last night, they screamed, yelled, sang, danced, and rushed the stage during the last song. They yelled out requests and joked with the band members (who joked right back).

You see, after the show last night, I realized that Folk Soul Revival works best as an interactive experience. Don’t get me wrong, I highly recommend you buy their albums, but purely listening to the band’s songs is only half of the FSR experience.

The congregation is the other half.

The energy at a Folk Soul Revival show isn’t something that is created by the band. It’s created by the relationship the band has with their very dedicated fans.

And that energy is addictive. It’s really weird for me, because I am not a country music guy at all, but the energy that comes from one of these shows always has me stomping my feet, clapping my hands, and – most importantly – smiling.

So if you get a chance to go to one of their shows, I recommend you check it out. If you don’t come away with a smile, you might want to see a doctor, because there’s probably something wrong with you.

You can get Folk Soul Revival’s latest album Prompting The Dapperness, along with the rest of their catalog, from the iTunes store and anywhere fine music is sold. 

Brandon Hale is the best selling author of Day Soldiers and Day Soldiers Book Two: Purging Fires, both available through 

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