At Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS July 2017

At Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS July 2017

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Yin to The Dirty Rain Revelers Yang

Surya (sanskrit for Sun); Revelers (dancing in the sun and shining a light); Medicine Music (music is a universal language that speaks to the soul, heals and uplifts).


Melissa discovered yoga in 2002 while still in Austin, going to a class on a friend's suggestion that she'd like a certain style of yoga. As it turned out it was Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She was immediately drawn in. Being a singer, Melissa loved chanting mantras and found the practice to be very transforming early on and decided to continue with Kundalini.
Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness and works with breath, movement and mantra. Kundalini Yoga has its roots in the Tantric Yoga tradition, which dates back to the eighth century. In 1969, Yogi Bhajan brought the practice to North America.

Matthew has been a student of sound and its impact on emotions since an early age. Always deeply sensitive to sound, harsh sounds would cause him physical pain, and pleasing sounds, a sense of joy. His mother started him playing guitar at age four and he’s never stopped.  The instrument became his voice; a direct link from his heart from which he could express what he could not express with words. Matthew made the connection between music and spirit early on and has made it a lifelong study. From the delta blues to classical Egyptian to Gypsy Jazz to classical European to the music he creates, Matthew continues his exploration.

Melissa completed her teacher training in 2006 at Yoga Yoga in Austin and after moving to New Orleans in 2007, began teaching at Swan River Yoga. While there existed a small community of yogis practicing together in New Orleans and Houma, LA, she found there wasn't a great deal of interest in Kundalini at the time. After a year or so of teaching at Swan River and other local studios, Melissa decided the time wasn't right to continue actively teaching. She and Matthew started what would become The Dirty Rain Revelers and poured every ounce of energy into that vision. All the while, she continued deepening and maintaining her own Kundalini practice at home and as a student, expanding her teacher training and exploring various workshops. Both Melissa and Matthew became close with the local Louisiana Kundalini tribe and through them received a great deal of encouragement to pursue Mantra music. Ultimately it was at the invitation by one of these yogis, their dear friend Bill Savage, to lead a three day workshop/retreat in 2017. Honored by the invitation, they put together a program which was enthusiastically received, giving the couple the confidence to further develop the other side of their musical coin, Surya Revelers Medicine Music.


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Surya Revelers Medicine Music January 31, 2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
January 31, 2018 
1. The Devil Beats His Wife - Mike Flanigan (The Drifter) 
2. The Drifter - Mike Flanigan (featuring Billy Gibbons) (The Drifter) 
3. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair - Sue Foley (The Ice Queen) 
4. Death of a Dream - Sue Foley (The Ice Queen) 
5. All Along The Watchtower - Eric Johnson 
6. May This Be Love (Waterfall) - Daniel Lanois (Live) 
7. Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down - Over the Rhine (Meet Me At the Edge of the World) 
8. Feather Moon - Vienna Teng (Warm Strangers) 
9. Dark Side of Town - Eliza Gilkyson (Land of Milk and Honey) 
10. Grinnin In Your Face - Jade Bird (Something American) 
11. I Wish I Was the Moon - Neko Case (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood) 
12. Dracula Moon - Joan Osborne (Relish) 
13. Gotta Get Over - Eric Clapton (Old Sock) 
14. Improv/Catfish Blues - Eric Gales with special guest Beth Hart (Live in Norway) 
15. Earthbound Love Song - Over the Rhine (Meet Me at the Edge of the World) 
16. World of Strange Design - Roseanne Cash (The River and The Thread) 
17. Blue Moon - Beck (Morning Phase) 
18. I Am the Moon - The White Buffalo (Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights) 
19. Long Board - Calexico (The Thread That Keeps Us) 
20. Bittersweet- Rumi (Mrs D reads aloud) 
21. Street Parade - Theresa Andersson (Street Parade) 
22. Come On Part 3 - Stevie Ray Vaughn 
23. Jai Te Gung - Gurunam Singh (Silent Moonlight Meditation) 
(A Mantra for removing negativity)

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Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for 1/17/2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music playlist January 17th, 2018 
1. Can't Keep From Crying - Blind Willie Johnson 
2. Redemption Song - Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer 
3. Daniel Stein on the healing power of music and friendship 
4. My Man is Gone - Ali McGuirk (Slow Burn) 
5. Death Letter Blues - Son House 
6. Shake That Devil - Joan Osborne (Pretty Little Stranger) 
7. Someday After Awhile - Joe Bonamassa (Live in Amsterdam) 
8. Hell and Back - The Dirty Rain Revelers (Live at the Mint) 
9. How It Feels To Fly - David Grissom (How It Feels To Fly ) 
10. Death Row - Chris Stapleton (From a Room: Vol. 1) 
11. Street Livin' - Black Eyed Peas (Single) 
12. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Jeff Beck (Wired) 
13. Back Against the Wall - Son Volt (Notes of Blue) 
14. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down - Willie Nelson 
15. Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle (Copperhead Road) 
16. Death Letter - Cassandra Wilson (Jazz Open at Stuttgart 1996) 
17. Catfish Blues - Taj Mahal (Putumayo World Music Blues Around the World) 
18. Untitled from Morning Musings with El DeOrazio- live from the porch 2017 
19. Chattr Chakkr Vartee - Satkirin Kaur Khalsa (Lightness of Being) (powerful mantra/meditation for courage and victory!) 
20. Angel Mine - Cowboy Junkies (Lay It Down) 
21. It's Gonna Rain - The Dirty Rain Revelers (Home: Vol. 1) 
22. Blues Comes Home to Africa - Lenni Stern 
23. Grave Angels - Joe Henry (Invisible Hour) 
24. This Land is Our Land - The Dirty Rain Revelers (Live in the studio) 
We had the great honor to perform This Land Is Our Land at the closing of the 2018 Women's March in Duncan Plaza, New Orleans. What an inspiring afternoon, full of powerful women speaking Truth.

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for 1/10/2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for Jan. 10th, 2018 
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We had the lovely and soulful Ali McGuirk as our in-studio guest, visiting from Boston for two shows at Brand New Orleans Art Gallery (If you missed it last week, she's playing again this Friday night, 7pm!) 

1. Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley 
2. Grace - Jeff Buckley (Grace) 
3. Taylor's Rock - Sonny Landreth- Official 
4. You Gotta Move - Parker Millsap (The Very Last Day) 
5. The Calling - Ali McGuirk (Slow Burn) 
6. I Can't - Ali McGuirk (Slow Burn) 
7. My Man Is Gone - Ali McGuirk (Live in the studio) 
8. Dust Bowl - Michael Landau Group (Live at the Blue Note) 
9. What Have We Done - Ali McGuirk (Live in the studio) 
10. Son - Chantal Acda & Bill Frisell (Live at Middelheim) 
11. Bryant's Boogie - Bill Frisell's Music Group 
12. Guero Canelo - Calexico (Feast of Wire) 
13. It Don't Have To Be - Ali McGuirk (Live in the studio) 
14. Lay Low - Shovels and Rope (Live KEXP pickathon 2012) 
15. Look on Down from the Bridge - Mazzy Star (Among My swan) 
16. Spanish Reprise - The Lost Brothers (New Songs of Dawn and Dust) 
17. Heart's Too Heavy- John Moreland (High on Tulsa Heat) 
18. Nur Allah Nur - Sean Johnson And The Wild Lotus Band (Unity) 
19. Untitled - El DeOrazio (Live on the porch) 
20. Turn Out the Light - Julien Baker (Live on Late Night with Stephen Colbert) 
21. Long Time - Ali McGuirk (Slow Burn) 
22. Medicine - Rising Appalachia Music (Wider Circles)

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for 1/3/2018 

SRMM playlist 1/3/2018 
Part 1 (8-10) 
1. Sinner's Prayer - Beth Hart & Joe Bonamossa (Live in Amsterdam) 
2. The American Dream - The White Buffalo 
3. Mississippi - Bob Dylan (bootleg Vol. 8) 
4. Man of God - Eliza Gilkyson (Paradise Hotel) 
5. Surely - Black Dub (Live off the floor) 
6. Ball and Chain - Janis Joplin (live...from box set) 
7. Bad Girl Blues - Carolyn Wonderland (Misunderstood) 
8. Secrets Unknown - Shawn Williams 
9. Shadow - Shawn Williams 
10. Untitled - Michael Landau Group (live) 
11. Bulgaria - Jeff Beck (Jeff) 
12. Why Lord Oh Why - Jeff Beck (Jeff) 
13. Still Alive and Well - Carolyn Wonderland (Misunderstood) 
14. Atlantic Ltd - Julian Lage (live in Nashville) 
15. Whisper In Your Soul - Gov't Mule (Shout) 
16. Long Lonely Bayou - Tab Benoit (Medicine) 
17. Emerald Green - Jimmy Herring (Subject To Change Without Notice) 
18. Harlem Nocturn - Danny Gatton (Cruisin Deuces) 

Part 2 (10-midnight) 
1. Aadays Tisai Aadays - Snatam Kaur (Prem) 
2. My Love - Amanda Shires (This Piece of Land) 
3. The Eye - Brandi Carlile (The Firewatcher's Daughter) 
4. For the Sake of the Song - Townes Van Zandt (self titled) 
5. These Walls - Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live from Oakland) 
6. Pick Out Your Own Cloud - The Dirty Rain Revelers (Live from Taos Mesa Brewing) 
7. Nothing - Robert Plant and Allison Krauss (Raising Sand) 
8. Our Shangri La - Mark Knopfler and Emmy Lou Harris (Real Live Roadrunning) 
9. Listen My Son - The Unseen Guest (Putumayo Blues Around the World) 
10. Something for the Heat - Society of Broken Souls (live) 
11. Chains and Things - B.B. King and Carole King (Indianola Mississippi Seeds) 
12. Home in Your Heart - Derek Trucks Band (Already Free) 
13. Need Your Love So Bad - Gary Moore (Blues for Greeny) 
14. The Weekend - Dave Rawlings Machine (Nashville Obsolete) 
15. Paper Wings - Gillian Welch (Revival) 
16. Surfer Girl - Bill Frisell (Live in France) 
17. One More Day - The Wood Brothers (Ways Not to Lose) 
18. Jessica - David Grissom (Live) 
19. Leaving Eden - Carolina Chocolate Drops (Leaving Eden)

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for Dec 27th, 2017 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for Dec 27th, 2017

1. Takk- Sigur Ros (Takk) 
2. Glosoli - Sigur Ros (Takk) 
3. Maybe Sparrow- Neko Case (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood) 
4. Winter Song - Katie Schweiner (Single) 
5. Breathe You In My Dreams - Trixie Whitley (Live Performance 2012) 
6. Sparrow - Joe Henry (Invisible Hour) 
7. I Dug Up A Diamond - Mark Knopfler /Emmy Lou Harris (All the Road Running) 
8. Hear My Train a Coming- David Grissom (Live on KUT) 
9. It Makes No Difference - My Morning Jacket (Love for Levon compilation/benefit concert) 
10. End of the World - Calexico (The Thread That Keeps Us) 
11. Call It Dreaming - Iron & Wine (Beast Epic) 
12. Million Miles From You - Bonnie Raitt (Slipstream) 
13. Medicine - Tab Benoit (Medicine) 
14. Wild Women Don't Get The Blues - Lyle Lovett (Live In Texas) featuring Francine Reed 
15. Bird On A Wire - Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live from Oakland) 
16. Oh Had I a Golden Thread - Eva Cassidy (Songbird) 
17. Fire - Daniel Lanois (Live from Toronto 2012) 
18. Eye On the Sparrow - John Scofield (Piety Street) Featuring Jon Cleary
19. No Way Out - Big Mama Montse and Victor Uris (Putumayo Blues Around the World) 
20. New Years Eve - Warren Haynes (Ashes & Dust) Featuring Railroad Earth 
21. Down There by the Train - Johnny Cash (American Recordings) 
22. El DeOrazio guitar stylings plus Mrs D poems 
23. Etc. Whatever - Over the Rhine (Good Dog Bad Dog Recordings) 
24. Dukh Par Har (from Pain to Peace) - Gurunam Singh (The Journey Home) 
25. Nocturnal Tune - Lost Brothers (New Songs of Dawn and Dust) 
26. Days Like This (Kim Taylor cover) - Live in the studio with The Dirty Rain Revelers

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for Dec 20th, 2017 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for Dec 20th, 2017
1. If We Make It Through December - Over the Rhine (Blood Oranges in the Snow) 
2. If I Should Fall Behind - Bruce Springsteen (Lucky Town) 
3. Redemption- Johnny Cash (American Recordings VI ) 
4. My Love - Amanda Shires (My Piece of Land) 
5. Hallelu Hallelu- Mississippi Saints & Sinners (Alan Lomax recordings 1936-42) 
6. Blue Devil - Hank III (Rising Outlaw) 
7. Space Captain - Tedeschi Trucks Band and friends, ft Warren Haynes (Crossroads Guitar festival 2010) 
8. I Live The Life I Love- Gregg Allman (Southern Blood) 
9. Nessun Dorma - Jeff Beck (Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010) 
10. I Never Cared For You - Willie Nelson (Teatro) 
11. Eyes Out For You - Joe Henry/Bill Frisell (Live at the Fretboard Summit 2015) 
12. Raise the Last Glass - Dayna Kurtz (Here Vol. 1) 
13. Throw My Love - Carolyn Wonderland (MisUnderstood) 
14. The Messiah Will Come Again - Roy Buchanan (Roy Buchanan)
15. What Am I here for? Jade Bird (Something American) 
16. Low Highway - Steve Earle (Low Highway) 
17. Hold Steady - Kristin Diable (Create Your Own Mythology) 
18. Mary Oliver - The Journey and Two Kinds of Deliverance (Dream Work) 
19. Children of Children- Jason Isbell (Something More Than Free) 
20. Om Asatoma - Dev Premal (The Essence)
21. Kansas City - The New Basement Tapes 
22. I Dismissed Your Work - Reece Sullivan (single)
23. Who Will Be Your Spark - The Dirty Rain Revelers (Home: Vol. 1) 
24. Love That Burns - Gary Moore (Blues for Greeny) 
25. Apache Tears (reprise) - Dave Rawlings/Gillian Welch (Look Again To the Wind) 
and I Am One of You (Nicole Eiden) 
26. Just as strange (Alternate Mix) - Tedeschi Trucks Band (Let Me Get By bonus disc)

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Surya Revelers Medicine Music Playlist for Dec. 13th, 2017 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music Playlist for Dec. 13th, 2017
(part 1 - filling in for JP Carmody for his 8-10 slot)

1. Time - Kan'nal 
2. Winter Song - Katie Schweiner 
3. Nothing Gonna Take My Love - Wendy Colonna (live at Antone's) 
4. I Love the Life I Live - Gregg Allman (Southern Blood) 
5. Heal Yourself or Die With the Blues - Preacher Keen (Heal Yourself) 
6. 100 dollar bill - Sue Foley (Big City Blues) 
7. Cajun Waltz - Sonny Landreth ( South I-10) 
8. Relatively Easy - Jason Isbell (Southeastern) 
9. Misguided Angel - Cowboy Junkies (Trinity Revisited) 
10. Blue Moon Revisited- Cowboy Junkies (Trinity Revisited) 
11. The Pits - Danny Gatton and Joey DeFrancesco (Relentless) 
12. Copperhead Road - Steve Earle (Copperhead Road) 
13. Ashes and Fire - Ryan Adams (Ashes and Fire) 
14. Blues for J. - Ronnie Earl - Now My Soul 
15. Next of Kindred Spirits - Sonny Landreth- Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 
16. Cry - Doyle Bramhall II - Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 (featuring Alice Smith) 
17. Billboards for Jesus - Dayna Kurtz and Robert Mache (Here Vol. 1) 
18. Lost on the River - the New Basement Tapes Ft Rhiannon Giddens and Marcus Mumford 
19. Within You Without You - Jimmy Herring (Subject to Change Without Notice) written by George Harrison 
20. Just Another Rider - Gregg Allman (Low Country Blues) 
21. Rave On - Over the Rhine (The Long Surrender)

Playlist for Dec. 13th - Part 2 (10-midnight ) 
1. Jin Prem Kio - Snatam Kaur (Prem) 
2. Oceans - Keith Porteous (Sound Refuge) 
3. Sorrow - James Clark (Shadows) 
4. Trampled Rose - Robert Plant and Allison Krauss (Raising Sand) 
5. It's OK - Anders Osborne (Three Free Amigos) 
6. Rivers Gonna Rise - Warren Haynes (Man In Motion) 
7. El DeOrazio loops + Mrs D reading Mary Oliver poems (Lines written in the days of growing darkness/A thousand Mornings) 
8. Death Comes on Wings of Crepe - Luther Dickinson (Hambone's Meditations) 
9. Calling Out To You - Tedeschi Trucks Band (Made Up Mind) 
10. Barricades- Son Volt (Honky Tonk) 
11. When I Leave - Parker Millsap (self-titled) 
12. Winter Song - Katie Schweiner 
13. If We Make It Through December- Over the Rhine (Blood Oranges in the Snow) 
14. Raise the Last Glass - Dayna Kurtz (Here Vol. 1) 
15. Either Way - Chris Stapleton (From a Room Vol.1) 
16. Halah - Mazzy Star (She Hangs Brightly) 
17. Oh Had I a Golden Thread - Eva Cassidy () 
18. The River - PJ Harvey (Is This Desire) 
19. Clouds - Toni Price (Born to be Blue) 
20. Baddest Blues - Beth Hart/Joe Bonamossa (Live in Amsterdam) 
21. Children of Children - Jason Isbell (Something More Than Free) 
22. Oh Darlin - Blaze Foley (Live at Austin Outhouse) 
23. No Glory In Regret- John Moreland (Big Bad Luv) 
24. Long Time Sunshine - Los D's 
25. Gunga Gin - El DeOrazio

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Surya Revelers Medicine Music Playlist for Dec. 6th, 2017 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music Playlist for Dec. 6th, 2017
1. Ain't No Grave - Johnny Cash 
2. Gunga Gin - El DeOrazio 
3. Wade in the Water- Eva Cassidy 
4. Jin Prem Kio - Snatam Kaur 
5. Waves - Eric Chappelle 
6. Wayfaring Stranger- Neko Case 
7. Cause We've Ended as Lovers- Jeff Beck 
8. Algiers- Calexico 
9. Warhol - Jonathan Brown 
10. Idol - Jonathan Brown 
11. Washing a Chicken - Jonathan Brown 
12. American Flags in Black and White - John Moreland 
13. A Meeting by the River - Ry Cooder and VM Bhatt 
14. I'll Fly Away - Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band 
15. Ram Bhaj Pranee Re - Krishna Kaur 
16. Maki Madne - Derek Trucks Band 
17. Wages of War - Richard Revue 
18. All My Favorite People Are Broken - Over the Rhine 
19. Lioness Howls at the Moon - El DeOrazio

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