It’s never fun for a musician to get sick while on tour, but the road to recovery can be much smoother when a bandmate is a former nurse.
After New Reveille founder Daniel Cook recently became ill prior to the Raleigh, North Carolina-based band hitting the road for a stretch of summer dates, singer Amy Kamm’s health care instincts kicked in.
“I’ve got him taking oil of oregano, flakseed oil and lots of fluids,” she says with laugh prior to an August show at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Kamm was still working as a nurse in 2012 when she answered a Craigslist ad Cook had posted seeking a female vocalist. He’d already lined up two women by the time Kamm reached out to him, but Cook asked her to submit a demo anyway. (She sent him two recordings, one of which was a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Somewhere Between.”)
A mere 30 minutes passed before she heard back from Cook, and that led to them meeting at a coffee shop, and soon Kamm was on the fast track to fronting his Americana group.
In 2013, New Reveille released Cannonball. That was followed up in 2018 by The Keep, which was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, with producer Ben Fowler and released on Loud & Proud Records. For its current tour — and for the time being — the band is a trio: singer Kamm, guitarist-singer-banjo player Cook and singer-violinist Autumn Brand.
“Our lineup evolves depending on the shows we’re playing,” Kamm says. “Stripped down to us three, there’s nothing to hide behind at all. Everything is really raw and vulnerable, but it really works.”
“We scale the band” according to need, adds Cook, pointing out that there have been as many as nine people onstage.
Kamm expects recording for the next New Reveille album to begin in January or February.
“We’re going to keep it local and try to use studios in North Carolina as well as friends and acquaintances we have there,” she says.
Cook and Brand are “making good progress” on new material, adds Kamm, who says she is comfortable in her role as an interpreter of what they write. Her role could expand, though.
“Daniel has said to me several times, ‘I think you’re a songwriter. I think you have some things in you,’ ” Kamm says. “It’s kind of a journey for me. Maybe I’m getting more of an idea that it’s something I could do.”
— By Chris M. Junior
New Reveille on tour with Shawn James (schedule subject to change):
Aug. 13: The Camel — Richmond, Virginia
Aug. 14: Elevation 27 — Virginia Beach, Virginia
Aug. 15: Free Range Brewery — Charlotte, North Carolina
Aug. 16: Purgatory at The Masquerade — Atlanta
Aug. 17: The Grey Eagle — Asheville, North Carolina