Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when Scott discovers what “spiritual stomp” music is all about with new Christian group, Stomptown Revival.
Brandon Bee and Gabe Martinez met in 2004 during a record label retreat in Washington. Shortly thereafter, Brandon became an emergency fill-in for Gabe’s band Circleslide when the band’s guitarist injured his hand. Since that time, Brandon and Gabe kept in touch and gradually became aware of their mutual interest in certain obscure musical influences. Eventually, they started writing songs together, and the result was quite a bit different from their recent musical offerings.
“We wrote two songs that sounded like Americana bluesy music,” says Bee. “We’re both managed by the same guy, and he showed up and wanted to hear the songs. I was playing a dobro, Gabe was playing harmonica and acoustic guitar. Our manager loved it and thought there was definitely something there! Hence, the birth of our new brand of music we refer to as spiritual stomp.”
There’s something new about StompTown Revival, and much that might be unexpected for Christian music listeners. But there’s also something old about their sound that feels quite comfortable on a vinyl record player or your CD player. So while it’s certainly something different for Brandon Bee and Gabe Martinez, it’s somehow fitting to know that, like the songs themselves, the roots run very deep.