Holy Ghost Tent Revival returns to Boone


The Appalachian Online

The Appalachian

The horn-driven rock ‘n’ roll band Holy Ghost Tent Revival will return to party with old and new faces at Legends on Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. Their most recent album, “Right State of Mind,” was released on Bandcamp in September.

The band formed through the chance rooming of two guitar players who shared a bathroom with two horn players at Greensboro College in 2007.

While guitarists Stephen Murray and Matt Martin said they had a history of setting off fire extinguishers and placing birds’ feet in their suite-mate’s beds, Hank Widmer risked it and joined up with them to form Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

While they describe their music as horn-driven rock n’ roll, the band also relates their sound to the rockers of the late 1960s and ‘70s.

“We’ve taken a Motown turn,” trumpet player Charlie Humphrey said. “As a horn player, I really enjoy it.”

Drummer Ross Montsinger said it was in Boone that the band found a sign saying something along the lines of, “Coming soon: Cecil B. Hamby Holy Ghost Tent Revival.” They then proceeded to use the text as their band’s name, thinking it was a cool name for their group.

In addition to Legends, the band has played at Boone Saloon and Black Cat, and enjoy the town.

“I’m going to shoot for good feelies,” Humphrey said about the upcoming show. “But also I hope the crowd is moved to move if ya dig what I’m saying. It will be a homecoming of sorts for me since I haven’t been back to Boone in a while. Hopefully people will be as happy to see us as I am to see them.”

The band will play a mix of their discography, including songs from, “Right State of Mind.”

“We may even play some songs that are yet to be released,” Montsinger said.

Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at door. Tickets for an event at Legends can be purchased in advance at the Information Center in Plemmons Student Union, across for Cascades, with cash, credit card or by using an App Express account.

Story: Molly Flinchum, Intern A&E Reporter