Formed in 2016 out of NorFOLK, VA, the members of Saint Juliens Creek Revival were brought together through the local bluegrass music picking circles. Recognizing a mutual love of traditional music and three-part harmony, they soon branched off to explore their own sound, and Saint Juliens Creek Revival was born. The band’s mission is to engage the local community in traditional music by bringing an eclectic mixture of Bluegrass, Americana, Gospel, and original songs to its audiences. The varied backgrounds of its members provide a unique combination of musical styles that is both contemporary and steeped in tradition, with influences ranging from Appalachian ballads to European gypsy jazz to Rock & Roll, performed with an upbeat, bluegrass-style implementation. Saint Juliens Creek Revival was nominated for a VEER Music Award in the Americana/Bluegrass category for 2020 and 2021, has been featured on the Coast Live Local Music Spotlight on WTKR Channel 3, and is making plans to go into the studio this year.
Jim Andersen, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has been playing the five-string banjo since he started performing with his high school folk group. At the University of Virginia in the 60’s, Jim performed at many coffee houses in the folk group Howard and Friends. Jim is a retired Naval Aviator who flew the A-6 Intruder from the decks of many aircraft carriers but was always able to make a time to keep picking his banjo throughout his tours of duty. Jim’s musical background has been strongly influenced by the styles of Earl Scruggs, Jim Mills, and J.D. Crowe. Jim plays a converted 1932 Gibson Type 2 five string banjo with a Frank Neat neck and a Blaylock tone ring, acquired from the Jim Mills Pre-War Banjo Studio. Jim is also currently the banjo player and harmony vocal singer in the Flatland Bluegrass Band. In Saint Julien’s Creek Revival, Jim applies his banjo skills, sings harmony, and brings a bluegrass flavor to the group.
Robin Gustin has lived in the Tidewater Virginia area for over 40 years and has been involved in the local music scene since her college years at Old Dominion University. Robin gained her first musical performing experience singing gospel songs at the Virginia Beach oceanfront with her Dad at the age of 8. As a teenager, Robin was selected to sing first soprano in the Cox High School madrigal chorus. She also performed in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with the Norfolk Savoyards, a now-defunct group that was founded in the 1960s. During her adult musical career Robin has contributed her vocal stylings to many local artists including Rare Daze, Karl Werne, the Storyweavers, Narissa Bond, and Amy Ferebee. Currently, Robin sings both lead and harmonies with Saint Juliens Creek Revival and has cowritten one song with Lee Baskin. Her musical influences include Joan Baez, Karen Carpenter, and The Grateful Dead.
Hailing from Pennsylvania, Lee Baskin moved to Chesapeake, VA in 1990. Lee started playing piano when he was five, having listened to his mother play for the church choir. He ultimately trained in both classical piano and classical guitar at the Byrn Mawr Conservatory of Music, in Byrn Mawr, PA. Lee’s musical background is intertwined with religious, folk and rock and roll influences, coupled with his classical training. He has most recently re-entered the local music scene through jams with the Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association where he met Larry, Jim and Robin. Lee currently plays guitar and sings lead and harmonies with Saint Juliens Creek Revival and has written several songs that are performed by the band.
Dennis Talton, a retired architect, started playing standup bass in 1975 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture. Dennis learned to play bluegrass bass from the late Johnnie Whisnant, a banjo picker and builder, who had his own bluegrass band in northern Virginia. In 1979, Dennis relocated to Virginia Beach where he played bass with the bluegrass bands Nothing Doin’ Band (along with the talented Amy Ferebee and Lynn Kelley), and Pairodocs. Dennis continues to play bass with Pairodocs and now also with the up-and-coming Americana/bluegrass band Saint Juliens Creek Revival.
Larry Horvath studied classical violin in New York City until his early teens but took a long break after moving to Virginia Beach in 1965 and didn’t start playing again until retiring from his professional engineering career in 2013. His renewed interest was prompted by the purchase of a Ford F-150 pickup, which was equipped with a one-year subscription to Sirius-XM satellite radio. After binge-listening to Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Coltrane and others, he stumbled onto Bluegrass Junction, and very rarely went back to the jazz station. Larry’s relatively recent discovery of Bluegrass Music has become an obsession, and it has renewed his childhood interest in fiddling. Larry especially likes Aubrey Haynie’s jazz-tinged stylizations, the superb way that Jamie Harper accompanies Junior Sisk, and the wild and crazy old-Appalachian fiddling of David Bass. Larry joyfully expresses these diverse fiddle styles with Saint Juliens Creek Revival.