Winners of New Orleans' 2009 Big Easy Award in the Country/Folk category, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue was founded in the summer of 2004 as Vanessa Niemann set out to create a band that harkened back to her rural roots in the mountains of Western Maryland. Having been raised on folk and bluegrass music, she longed for a re-connection to her musical “kinsfolk” in her new home of New Orleans where she had been transplanted 5 years earlier. Following Hurricane Katrina, The Honky Tonk Revue returned to New Orleans with the unwavering support of longtime bass player and Natchitoches, Louisiana native, Dave Brouillette, the capable North Carolina drummer, James Clark and the addition of veteran guitarist, Dave James upon his return to the Crescent City in early 2008. Supplementing the band’s sound are a rotating cast of "characters" on the pedal steel guitar, fiddle or guitar, the shoes of which are most often filled by equally proficient Steve Spitz on pedal steel and Cranston Clements on guitar. The band has recreated itself while maintaining a devotion to the spread of country music in Southern Louisiana and the oral traditions of rural America and radio hosts of yore with Gal’s research and history of each song played.
The Honky Tonk Revue plays Vintage Honky Tonk, Rockabilly and Classic Country music with a heavy dose of Western Swing for good measure. They sit poised on the edge of a country music revolution with the marketplace awakening to a new generation of musicians who have a deep-seated love and appreciation for the tried and true honky tonk sound of their predecessors; musicians like Webb Pierce from West Monroe, LA, Hank Williams, Charlie and Ira Louvin and lesser known musicians from the past like Helen Hall, a hard hitting Texas song writer who experimented with country in it’s various forms including rockabilly. What better Pied Pipers to lead us to country music salvation than Gal and her motley band of country boys?