"It’s said that no man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. It’s as though the moments and hours and days are no longer ours once we’ve lived them. Virginia-based musician Bobby Thompson takes hold of the last ten years song by song on his new compilation album, Retrospect.
In tune with the harvest season, this exciting record offers up a profound panorama of Thompson’s work, featuring sixteen songs that he’s written or covered over the last decade. Retrospect is Americana in the truest sense of the word. Thompson takes you through striking musical landscapes, from blues to folk, soul, and rock, offering kaleidoscopic glimpses of his musical roots." - TJ MAGAZINE (November 2017) ... read more
“Thompson delivers his own original style on every song in By the Hand with flawless precision. The talent heard here is not enhanced by the recording studio but rather by the musicians’ razor sharp execution. Each tune seemingly begs to be heard rumbling the walls of your favorite dive, dissipating the incoherent chatter of the locals in the background. From start to finish, By the Hand is an eclectic experience that at the same time does not loose sight of its blues rock roots, the source of Thompson’s inspiration.”
“With 'By The Hand', Bobby Thompson has drawn a line between his past and his future through these songs of hope and redemption. It is hard not to listen to this record and recognize an artist beginning to hit his creative stride.”
"When Bobby Thompson sings he sounds warm, reassuring ... As a result, Thompson's new album, "By the Hand," offers something for every blues fan." - Carl Abernathy, Cahl's Juke Joint Blog
"Blues guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson has released his new CD 'By The Hand'... The CD is bluesy and mostly upbeat rock and roll. It goes to church sometimes, but still conjures images of devilish deals. It moves and moves you.'
"By The Hand is a well-produced collection of songs, by a good singer-songwriter and guitarist Bobby Thompson, and if you love really well played blues influenced rock music then this album should be playing on your smart phone, your computer, in your car or whatever music device you are using these days.
"Revelator Hill's new album, Live By The Creek, offers a personal invitation to experience their magnetic musical alchemy up-close. Recorded at the Lubber Run Amphitheater in Virginia, it captures the elusive lightning in a bottle that makes for the greatest live albums, and you can still feel the flames that ignited the show... Like a hot knife through butter, Revelator Hill cuts through the everyday din with monster grooves. Renowned both for their intricate studio recordings and exhilarating live jams, the band radiates technical virtuosity and a live wire wildness." - GRATEFUL WEB (February 2018) read more
"Virginia based blues-rock band, Revelator Hill (with Ron Holloway) cracks 2018 with an outstanding compilation of blues-rock tunes with a rock edge. Live by the Creek ... chronicles the band’s inspired performance before an audience of two hundred on a hot summer night in 2017. Live By the Creek features tenor saxophonist, Ron Holloway, who is known for his work with Dizzy Gillespie, and as a working member of The Warren Haynes Band. He is often seen as a guest of bands Tedeschi-Trucks and Melvin Seals. Live By The Creek is a first rate blues-rock album with stellar musicians..." - ROCK AND BLUES MUSE (January 2018) read more
"Virginia-based Revelator Hill fires up the electric in electric blues. On Atlantic Detour, they combine masterful musical soundscapes and their love of the blues to create a powerful and distinctive sound all their own. Revelator Hill's songs come on like a locomotive and take you with them. Both classic and original, Atlantic Detour, reveals the heat and intensity in its creation. The music will get in your bones and stay with you." - BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE (May 2017)
"I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Atlantic Detour, from Revelator Hill and it's a solid dose of rock! Opening with Bad Luck Goodbye, Bobby Thompson has the lead on vocal and guitar, backed by Seth Morrissey on bass, Wes Lanich on keys, Gary Crockett on drums and Jeff Mills on percussion. Classic styling, clever time changes and a solid beat make this a great opener. With a drone note on guitar, Gets Me Over has a dirty blues sound, overdriven amps, heavy tom tom and cool vocal blending. Look At You Now is a straight forward rocker with a driving beat and riding slide guitar. With a rock hard bass line and snappy drums, this track is rolling. Thompson's lead vocals on Let It Roll are particularly. With super percussion and full organ work, this is one of my favorite tracks on the release." - BMAN'S BLUES REPORT (April 2017) read more
"Set to Thompson's masterful fuzz guitar riffs, "Atlantic Detour" (on Washington indie label Root Nine Records — Stone Feathers) is timeless rock in the best traditions of Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Blind Faith, Traffic, and many more bands of the '70s golden-rock-infused-blues era. Steamy opener "Bad Luck Goodbye" features Thompson's signature fuzz guitar. "Let It Roll" is a hard driving cautionary tale, while "Look at You Now" and "Enough to Go Around" are sheer blues/rock and roll. "Wild Country" features some acoustic lapslide guitar savvy. The band also covers two Howlin' Wolf faves — "Spoonful" (featuring Thompson on lapslide guitar) plus album highlight "How Many More Years." - Waterloo Record (April 2017)
"... an impressive amalgam of modern blues and AOR sounds. Opening track “Bad Luck Goodbye” is a slice of good-time boogie that augurs well for the rest of the album. Thompson’s fuzzily distorted guitar tones are immediately ear-catching, and they’re well backed up by Crockett’s swinging drums, a funky organ solo from Lanich, and booming bass from Morrissey. They keep it up with “Gets Me Over,” with its sturdy riff over an offbeat groove, laid back chorus and a bridge featuring gutsy, churning chords, and the punchy “Look At You Now” with its neat, descending guitar line and crisp drum sound." - BLUES ROCK REVIEW (March 2017)
"At its core, we are transported back in time to the earliest generations of the blues and rock & roll blend that we all know and love. The lyrics are thoughtful and relatable, direct but not blatant. The plights of the average human being are echoed throughout the album, emitting a comforting emotion that blues music traditionally evokes." - HEADY ENTERTAINMENT (March 2017) read more...
"DC/Virginia-based Revelator Hill’s debut album, Atlantic Detour, is a solid, exhilarating rock and soul record that drips with the blues and shows you just what happens when the fuel meets the fire. Developing out of The Bobby Thompson Project, Revelator Hill found its roots after guitarist/lead singer Bobby Thompson recorded a live album at the iconic Arlington, Virginia venue IOTA back in 2015. Track 3 “Look At You Now” was actually included in that album and then re-recorded in the studio for Atlantic Detour. " - THAT MAG (March 2017) read more...