The Revival Tour's fifth anniversary is a sweet but not entirely unexpected mark for founder Chuck Ragan.
"We believed in the tour, and it was something we did want to be an annual event," says Ragan, who launched the singer-songwriter tour in 2008 and also fronts the band Hot Water Music. "But we didn't come out of the gate and start telling people, 'Yeah, we're gonna bring this tour around every year,' 'cause it's a completely different way of touring and a different show than anything I've ever been part of. We weren't sure how it was going to flourish -- or if it would.
"But I can honestly say that after the first couple of shows of that first tour in '08, my wife and I looked at each other and said, 'This is a beautiful thing. This is going to work.' We knew it was just a special alliance of people and musicians, and that camaraderie just presented itself to everybody."
This year's Revival Tour includes regular Dan Adriano (Alkaline Trio, the Emergency Room), Tommy Gabel of Against Me!, Cory Branan and Nathaniel Rateliff, with special guests dropping in along the way. Ragan is supporting a new solo album, 2011's "Covering Ground," and he also has Hot Water Music's first album in eight years, "Exister," due out May 15.
And he expects to be even further inspired during the Revival Tour's five-week North American run.
"A lot of new stuff gets written on the road, and not just by me," Ragan says. "A lot of songs have kind of come out of this crazy circus of a tour. It's like contagious creativity, ever night we're out here."
The Revival Tour featuring Chuck Ragan, Dan Adriano, Nathaniel Rateliff and Cory Branan stops Saturday, April 7, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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