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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Playlist #51 for 12/5/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music  
Playlist #51 for 12/5/18  

1. Busload of Faith – Lou Reed
2. Don't Let the Devil Ride – Campbell Brothers ft Medeski (Can You Feel It)
3. Mystic Order of the Bones - The Pinehill Haints (Smoke) 
4. Full Moon Waltz -   The Pinehill Haints (Smoke) 
5. Sunset Highway - Steve Earle & The Dukes (So You Wanna Be An Outlaw)
6. Coping Mechanism – Shovels and Rope (Swimmin Time)  
7. How Bad Can A Good Girl Be – Imelda May (Life Love Flesh Blood)  
8. Part 1 - St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Sea of Noise)  
9. Blues for L.A. – Bill Frisell  (East/West)
10. Part 2 - St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Sea of Noise)   
11. Faint Mystery - Trixie Whitley (Sway: Outtakes and live tracks)  
12. Ache – The Honeycutters (On the Rope)  
13. Over – Julien Baker (Turn Out the Lights)  
14. Televangelist – Julien Baker (Turn Out the Lights)  
15. Train Song – Feist and Ben Gibbard (Dark Was The Night)
16. That Welcome Day – Tough Old Bird (Where the Great Beasts Are Buried)  
17. Way Down We Go (Stripped) – Kaleo  (Way Down We Go (Stripped))
18. Out of the Picture - Son Volt (Trace) 
19. Patience - The Lumineers (Cleopatra)
20. Spirit Man – Royal Southern Brotherhood (The Royal Gospel)
21. These Arms of Mine – Tab Benoit (Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit) 
22. Snowing on Raton – Jimmy LaFave  (Trail Four)
23. Wooden Music - Steve Morse ((Prime Cuts)
24. Imidiwan Ma Tenam - Tinariwen ft Nels Cline (Tassili)
25. Yesterday is Here - Cat Power and Steven Tenem
26. Fearless - Jennifer Batten
27. The Long Way Home - Catherine Maclellan (Church Bell Blues)
28. Lotus Feel - John McLachlan (Remember Shakti)
29. Say Your Prayers - Anoushka Shankar (Land of Gold)

Playlist #42 for 9/26/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #42 for 9/26/18 

1. I Love You But – Katya and Moodlite 
2. 1000 Thieves (live) – Trixie Whitley (Sway: Outtakes and live tracks) 
3. Faint Mystery - Trixie Whitley (Sway: Outtakes and live tracks) 
4. Don’t Let the Devil Ride – The Campbell Brothers (Can You Feel It) 
5. Devil’s Blood – India Ramey (Snake Handler) 
6. Snake Handler – India Ramey (Snake Handler) 
7. I’m Not Giving Up – Peter Karp (Alabama Town) 
8. Y’all Be Looking - Peter Karp (Alabama Town) 
9. In the Name of the Lord – Eliza Gilkyson (Secularia) 
10. Lifelines – Eliza Gilkyson (Secularia) 
11. Kindness – Ryan Adams (Ashes and Fire) 
12. All My Favorite People – Over the Rhine (The Long Surrender) 
13. Devil is All Around – Shovels and Rope (Swimmin Time) 
14. Willie Got There First (ft. Avett Brothers) – Asleep At The Wheel 
15. Down By The Riverside (ft. Jimmy LaFave) – Eliza Gilkyson (Secularia) 
16. Sausalito – Lydia Lucia (Single) 
17. In the Wire – Friends of Dean Martinez 
18. Tennessee Waltz - Friends of Dean Martinez 
19. Cahuenga - Friends of Dean Martinez 
20. Lotus Feel – John McLaughlin and Vikku Vinayakram (Remember Shakti) 
21. Tabla Breath – Benjy Wertheimer and John de Kadt (One River) 
22. Goddess Evocation – Chinmaya Dunster 
23. Wanting Peace – Nawang Khechong

Playlist #41 for 9/19/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music  
Playlist #41 for 9/19/18 

1. Oval Room - Blaze Foley (Oval Room)
2. WWIII - Blaze Foley (Oval Room)
3. Dick Cheney - Vic Chestnutt (Skitter on Takeoff)
4. Woman - Cat Power (Wanderer)
5. Firebird Blues - Sonny Landreth (Bound by the Blues)
6. Rebel Heart (Live) - First Aid Kit (Live from Rebel Heart Club)
7. Where They Never Say Your Name - Eilen Jewel (Letters to Sinners and Strangers)
8. Hounds - New Reveille (The Keep)
9. The Eye - Brandi Carlile (Firewatcher's Daughter)
10. Higher Ground - The Waifs (Ironbark)
11. I Never Loved A Man... (Live) - Tedeschi Trucks Band
12. Blackbird - Sarah McLachlin (The Essentials)
13. Working on a Building - Steel Wheels (Red Rocking Chair)
14. Don't Let the Devil Ride - Sonny Treadway
15. Joyful Sounds - Glen Lee (Sacred Steel Guitar)
16. Good On You Son - Mark Knopfler (
17. Lord I Know I've Been Changed - Tom Waits (Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards)
18. Road to Peace - Tom Waits (Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards)
19. Canco de Dona I Home - L Ham de Foc
20. Romance del Montanes Balj de Maa Arada & SOlatge - Deria
21. Atchafalaya - 17 Hippies (El Dorado)
22. Fantabourama - Djelimady Tounkara and Studio Ensemble
24. Female (Instrumental) - Guitar Tribute Players
25. Songs of Auspiciousness - Rafael, Kutira and the Nuns of Bhutan (Sacred Feminine Voices of Bhutan)
26. Blossoms of Bhutan - Rafael, Kutira and the Nuns of Bhutan (Sacred Feminine Voices of Bhutan)
27. Interlude 4th Ether - Mata Mandir Singh (Protection: Naad Yoga)

Playlist #40 for 9/12/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #40 for 9/12/18 

1. Oracle of the Maritimes – Neko Case (Hell-On) 
2. Delilah – Florence and the Machine (How Big, How Beautiful, How Blue) 
3. Look at Miss Ohio – Gillian Welch (Soul Journey) 
4. My Love (The Storm) – Amanda Shires (My Piece of Land) 
5. The Storm – Tedeschi Trucks Band (Made Up Mind) 
6. Hurricane – Band of Heathens 
7. After the Storm – Shovels and Rope (Swimmin Time) 
8. The Storm – Son Volt (Notes of Blue) 
9. Prodigal Son – Lincoln Durham 
10. Texas - Band of Heathens 
11. Catch the Wind – Jimmy LaFave (Cimarron Manifesto) 
12. Far Noireast – Brian Setzer (InstraMental) 
13. Here Comes Rainbow Again – Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock n Roll Times) 
14. Forget About Georgia – Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real ( 
15. Rhinestone Eyes – Shooter Jennings (Shooter) 
16. Dirty Rain – Ryan Adams (Ashes & Fire) 
17. Til I Found You (bonus track) - Ryan Adams (Ashes & Fire) 
18. Reason to Believe – Bruce Springsteen (Nebraska) 
19. Dogwood Acres – Bill Frisell (Nashville) 
20. Land of Gold – Anoushka Shankar (Land of Gold) 
21. Purna Madah – Shantala (The Love Window) 
22. Soul Merge – Ashana (Jewels of Silence)

Playlist #39 for 9/5/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #39 for 9/5/18 

1. Wooden Music – Steve Morse (Prime Cuts) 
2. Katie Dear – The Chieftains (Down the Old Plank Road) 
3. Signature of Venus – John Scofield (Loud Jazz) 
4. Fearless – Jennifer Batten (Whatever) 
Kurt Orderson and Jazz Franklin Interview for the movie Not In My Neighborhood, and the Patois Film Festival
5. Imidiwan Ma Tenam (ft Nels Cline) – Tinariwen (Tassli) 
6. Jettison – Neko Case and Her Boyfriends (Virginia) 
7. Lovely Old Lies - Neko Case and Her Boyfriends (Virginia) 
8. Brother – Bill Frisell (Nashville) 
9. End Again – Steve Tibbets 
10. Lotus Feel – John McLaughlin 
11. Buleria Con Ricardo – Anoushka Shankar 
12. So Tonight That I Might See – Mazzy Star (Still EP) 
13. The Aviators – Helen Jane Long (single) 
14. Where Is My Mind – Vitamin String Quartet

Playlist #38 for 8/29/18 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #38 for 8/29/18 

1. Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy (Songbird) 
2. Blacklist – John Moreland (In The Throes) 
3. I’ll Take Care of You – Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa (Don’t Explain) 
4. Redemption - Joe Bonamassa (Redemption) 
5. Blues for L.A. – Bill Frisell (East/West) 
6. Righteous – Eric Johnson (Ah Via Musicom) 
7. Insensatez – Andy Timmons and Sydnei Carvalho (Bossa Hits) 
8. Electric Gypsy- Andy Timmons (That Was Then, This Is Now) 
9. Remarkably Human - Nick Johnston (Remarkably Human) 
10. Milk Tooth - David Maxim Micic (Who Bit the Moon) 
11. It's Gonna Rain - Sjm (Home: Vol. 1) 
12. Haunt Me - Amanda Walker (Long Way Down) 
13. Medicine - Amanda Walker (Long Way Down) 
14. Water Keeps Rising - Kristin Diable (KD & the city) 
15. Be Mine Tonight- Shawn Williams (Motel Livin) 
16. Hortus Deliciarum - Efren Lopez (Live at Millenia studios) 
17. Folkvangr – Peter Gundry 
18. Every Time We Say Goodbye – Chet Baker 
19. Krigsgaldr – Heilung (Live at Castlefest 2017) 
20. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin

Playlist #37 for 8/22/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #37 for 8/22/18 

1. Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddens (Freedom Highway) 
2. Leaving Texas – Jerry Jeff Walker (20th Century Masters) 
3. Moon Goes Missing – Carolyn Wonderland (Moon Goes Missing) 
4. Mrs. D. reads a open 
5. Down Don’t Bother Me – Derek Trucks Band (Already Free) 
6. 8 Counts for Rita – Gregor Hilden Trio (First Take) 
7. Harlem Nocturne - Herbie Mann (Latin Fever) 
8. Snake Oil – Steve Earle (Copperhead Road) 
9. Love Is Not an Answer – John Moreland (Big Bad Luv) 
10. Face in the Mirror – Catherine Maclellan (If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene Maclellan) 
11. Move Me – Sara Watkins (Young In All The Wrong Ways) 
12. River – Natalie Merchant (Paradise Is There: The New Tiger Lily Recordings) 
13. Pictures Can’t Picture You – Blaze Foley (Live at the Austin Outhouse) 
14. Grand Isle – Ben Dickey (Sexy Birds and Salt Water Classics) 
15. Where Is My Love – Cat Power (The Greatest) 
16. Goodbye (live) – Melody Gardot (Live in Europe) 
17. Water Between Us – Joe Henry (Invisible Hour) 
18. Here We Are – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (Old Yellow Moon) 
19. Feel (Theivery Corp Remix) – Bombay Dub Orchestra (Remixed EP) 
20. The Way of Love (Rumi/Kali Mantras for Empowerment) – Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band (Unity) 
21. Song of Bliss – Simrit (Songs of Resilience) 
22. Sat Nam – Meagan Chaskey (Naam Radiance)

Playlist #36 for 8/15/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #36 for 8/15/18 

1. Fast Horses and Good Hideouts – Shooter Jennings (Shooter) 
2. Rhinestone Eyes - Shooter Jennings (Shooter) 
3. O Marie – Lost Bayou Ramblers (Mammoth Waltz) 
4. Voodoo Working – Eilen Jewell (Down Hearted Blues) 
5. Nothing In Rambling - Eilen Jewell (Down Hearted Blues) 
6. Deeper Down – Gurf Morlix (The Soul and The Heal) 
7. The Best We Can - Gurf Morlix (The Soul and The Heal) 
8. The Guitar Case – Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters (Self-Titled) 
9. The Road - Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters (Self-Titled) 
10. Dust Bowl Children – Alison Krauss and Union Station 
11. Made of Glass – KT Tunstall (Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon) 
12. Be Here Now – Ray LaMontagne 
13. Kindness – Ryan Adams (Ashes and Fire) 
14. Like New Years Day – Sara Watkins (Young in All the Wrong Ways) 
15. Orange Terrace – Bombay Dub Orchestra (Tales from the Grand Bazaar) 
16. Blue Mosaic - Bombay Dub Orchestra (Tales from the Grand Bazaar) 
17. Ganges Delta Blues – Ry Cooder and V.M. Bhatt (A Meeting By the River)

Playlist #35 for 8/8/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #35 for 8/8/18 

1. The Weight – Bill Frisell (live) 
2. Chains and Things – BB King 
3. I’ll Keep Climbing – Dolly Parton (Golden Streets of Glory) 
4. Cuttin’ You Loose – Robben Ford (A Day in Nashville) 
5. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ – Johnny Winter 
6. The Chess Players – Danny Gatton and Joey DeFrancesco (Relentless) 
7. She’s a Woman – Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer Group (live) 
8. Talk To Your Daughter – Larry Carlton and Robben Ford 
9. Blues on the Half Shell - Danny Gatton and Joey DeFrancesco (Relentless) 
10. Hear My Train a Comin’ – Jimi Hendrix 
11. You Don’t Know What Love Is – Sean Costello (In the Magic Shop) 
12. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Charlie Hayden and Pat Metheny (Beyond the Missouri Sky) 
13. I Ain’t Gonna Give Up on Love – Stevie Ray Vaughn 
14. Hummingbird – BB King (Indianola MS Seeds) 
15. You Must Believe In Yourself – Robert Cray (Hi Rhythm) 
16. The Long Way Home – Norah Jones (Feels Like Home) 
17. Yesterday Is Here – Cat Power and Steve Shelley (Dear Sir) 
18. Trampled Rose – Alison Krauss and Robert Plant (Raising Sand) 
19. Jockey Full of Bourbon – Los Lobos (Ride This – The Covers EP) 
(16-19 written by Tom Waits) 
20. Dear Hate – Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill (Single) 
21. Say Your Prayers – Anoushka Shankar (Land of Gold)

Playlist #30 for 7/4/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #30 for 7/4/18 

(recorded in El Rito, NM) 
1. Chimes of Freedom – Bob Dylan 
2. Wiser Cause – The DRR (Spark) 
3. Flying Over Water – Jason Isbell (Southeastern) 
4. Thirteen Silver Dollars – Colter Wall (Colter Wall) 
5. All That Reckoning Pt 1 – Cowboy Junkies (All That Reckoning) 
6. Gold Rush – Death Cab For Cutie (Thank You For Today) 
7. We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That) – Father John Misty (God’s Favorite Customer) 
8. God’s Favorite Customer – Father John Misty (God’s Favorite Customer) 
9. Big God – Florence and The Machine (High as Hope) 
10. All That I Am – Wendy Colonna (We Are One) 
11. Good News – Susan Gibson (Remember Who You Are) 
12. I’m Not Afraid To Die – Gillian Welch and Willie Nelson 
13. Blue Healer – Bird Talker (Just This) 
14. A Feather’s Not A Bird – Rosanne Cash (River and The Thread) 
15. I Felt The Chill – Elvis Costello (Secret, Profane and Sugarcane) 
16. River in Reverse – Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint 
17. Various Storms and Saints – Florence and The Machine (How Big, How Beautiful, How Blue) 
18. Lotus Feel – John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Uma Matha (Remember Shakti) 
19. Tabla Breath – Benjy Wertheimer and John deKadt (One River) 
20. Goddess Evocation – Chinmaya dunsten (Ragas Relax) 
21. I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here – David Crosby (If I could Only Remember My Name) 
22. Wanting Peace – The Tibetan Healing Music of Nawang Khachog