Step­ping lively on band’s be­half

Dick Van Dyke lends a jaunty pres­ence to a video for a Dust­bowl Re­vival song.

Los Angeles Times - - POP & HISS - By Randy Lewis randy. lewis@ latimes. com Twit­ter: @ RandyLewis2

L. A. roots jazz- folk- gospel- coun­try band the Dust­bowl Re­vival has got­ten more than a lit­tle help from a friend: 89- year- old ac­tor- co­me­dian Dick Van Dyke, whose sprightly per­for­mance in the video for the first sin­gle from the band’s new al­bum has helped it gen­er­ate more than 2 mil­lion views in less than a month.

The clip for “Never Had to Go” f inds Van Dyke with his wife, Ar­lene Sil­ver, in a kitchen, and he’s try­ing to per­suade her to dance, en­gag­ing in some im­pres­sively f leet- footed steps as the band per­forms out­side the house.

Van Dyke re­port­edly be­came a fan af­ter hear­ing the group per­form at a wed­ding, and the for­mer star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Mary Pop­pins” turned up at the Ford Am­phithe­atre last sum­mer when Dust­bowl Re­vival opened for the Preser­va­tion Hall Jazz Band of New Or­leans.

The group’s new al­bum, “With a Lamp­shade On,” is due July 24 and was recorded live pri­mar­ily dur­ing per­for­mances at the Trou­ba­dour in West Hol­ly­wood and San Fran­cisco’s Great Amer­i­can Mu­sic Hall.

Dust­bowl Re­vival is part of a vi­brant scene in the South­land, of mu­si­cians us­ing sounds from the 1920s and 1930s for in­spi­ra­tion but bring­ing up­dated takes that in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments of post- World War II rock and pop mu­sic as well. ( Cal­en­dar pro­filed that com­mu­nity in a 2012 ar­ti­cle.)

The ensem­ble kicked off a na­tional tour on Mon­day and will be back in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia for a July 4 show at the Le­vitt Pav­il­ion in Pasadena and an Aug. 2 date at the Skir­ball Cul­tural Cen­ter in L. A.

The Dust­bowl Re­vival

THE DUST­BOWL RE­VIVAL, which has an al­bum due in July, has started a na­tional tour.

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