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 May 2, 2018  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
May 2, 2018 
1. Kentucky Derby- Bill Frisell (Music Is) 
2. Worried Woman - Bill Frisell (Beautiful Dreamer) 
3. King of Alabama - Brent Cobb (Providence Canyon) 
4. Outfit - Jason Isbell (Live in Alabama) 
5. Midnight Rider - Sheryl Crow Lukas Nelson (Live at Outlaw Fest)
6. Shortboard - Calexico (The thread that keeps us) 
7. Longboard - Calexico (The thread that keeps us) 
8. Unconditional Waltz - Calexico (The thread that keeps us) 
9. Guitar solo #1 - Neil Young (Dead Man Soundtrack) 
10. Guitar solo #5 - Neil Young (Dead Man Soundtrack) 
11. Widow - Michael Landau Group (Live) 
12. Pray On - The Staple Singers (Live) 
13. What Am I Here For - Jade Bird (Something American) 
14. Straight Street - Ry Cooder 
15. Deep in soul - Purna Das Baul (Bauls of Bengal) 
16. Walk Away- Xavier Rudd (Storm Boy) 
17. Before We Were Born Bill Frisell (Lone Ranger Soundtrack) 
18. Change Is Gonna Come - Bill Frisell (live) 
19. I'll Fly Away - Campbell Brothers (Sacred Steel) 
20. Save a Seat For Me - BB King

Surya Revelers Medicine Music April 25, 2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
April 25, 2018 
1. Emmy Lou Harris on working with Willie 
2.Border Song - Willie Nelson (Restoration: songs of Elton John and Bernie ) 
3. Just Breathe - Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson (Heroes) 
4. Secret Sisters on working with Willie 
5. It Won't Be Very Long - Willie Nelson and the Secret Sisters (To All the Girls) 
6. Let Go of Your Plans - Lukas Nelson (New Single!!) 
7. All I Am - Guthrie Trapp and John Oates 
8. Crossing the Bridge - Guthrie Trap (Life After Dark) 
9. Cinema Paradiso - Pat Metheny and Charlie Hayden (live) 
10. Chelsea Bridge - Jim Campilongo (Orange) 
11. Your Water - Parker Millsap and Sarah Jarosz (Luck Mansion Sessions) 
12. To Rise You Gotta Fall - Nicki Bluhm 
13. Colonial Mentality - Kokoroko Afrobeat Collective (Live in London) 
14. Summers End - John Prine, Sturgill Simpson and Brandi Carlile (Live on Late Night with Stephen Colbert) 
15. Time Will Be a Healer - Glen Hansard 
16. Penance - Josh Smith Band (live in Europe) 
17. Djelem Djelem - Barcelona gypsy klezmer orchestra 
18. Magic - Treya Lam and Khaki King (Good News) 
19. Kopenitsa - Efren Lopez and Meira Segal and Yoni Ben Dor (The Three Project) 
20. Lasya - Anoushka Shankar (Traces of You) 
21. Kiss the Earth - Ajeet Kaur 
22. Ram Das Sarovar - Sat Kirin Kaur (lightness of being)

Surya Revelers Medicine Music April 18, 2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
April 18, 2018 
1. Such a Simple Thing - Ray LaMontagne (Part of the Light) 
2. Black Tears - Imelda May (Life Love Flesh Blood 
3. Goodnight Little Rock - Chris Shifflett (Live from Jam in the Van) 
4. West coast town - Chris Shifflett (Live from Jam in the Van) 
5. On the Run - Guthrie Trapp (Life After Dark) 
6. Commodity- Guthrie Trapp (live in Nashville) 
7. Hurricane/Today - Mary Oliver (A Thousand Mornings) 
8. Gospel Blues - Joe Louis Walker (Everybody Wants a Piece) 
9. Everybody Ought To Treat a Stranger Right - Ry Cooder (The Prodigal Son) 
10. Stay All Night , Stay A Little Longer - Willie Nelson (Live at ACL 1974) 
11. Falling Up - Alan Hines (Live at Musicians Institute) 
12. Caravan - Chet Atkins and Les Paul (Chester and Lester) 
13. Lukenbach TX - Sean Rowe (Live) 
14. Hickory Wind - The Tuttles and AJ Lee 
15. Save This Heart - Molly Tuttle (Rise) 
16. Summer Salt - Mark Lettieri (live in the studio from album Spark and Echo) 
17. Airplane - David Rawlings (Live in the studio WFUV; from latest album Poor David Almanack) 
18. Something You Get Through- Willie Nelson (Last Man Standing) 
19. When It's My Time - Imelda May (Life Love Flesh Blood) 
20. Faran Ensemble 
21. Omara - Itamar Erez and Yshai Afterman (Duets live in Germany) 
22. Raga Shanmukhapriya - Jayanthi Kumaresh (Music of India , Darbar Festival)

Surya Revelers Medicine Music playlist for February 28th and March 7th 

Here's our playlist from the last two weeks! (Time gets away from us when we're in the flow of life!) 
Surya Revelers Medicine Music playlist for 
February 28, 2018 on 102.3 WHIV FM 
1. Don't Take Your Guns To Town - Johnny Cash (Essential) 
2. Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle (Copperhead Road) 
3. Don't Know What It Means - Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live From The Fox Oakland) 
4. Gone Under - Snarky Puppy ft. Shayna Steele (Family Dinner Vol. 1) 
5. Broken Heart - Al Di Meola (Opus) 
6. Angel of Sunlight- Carlos Santana and Alice Coltrane (Illumination) 
7. Ai Du - Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder 
8. Exit 16 - Roosevelt Collier Music (Exit 16) 
9. When I Paint My Masterpiece - Anders Osborne and Roosevelt Collier (Live at Mountain Jam #8 2012) 
10. The Block - akua naru and the DigFlo Band ft. Drea D'Nur 
11. Nou Tout Se Yonn - Bokanté ft. Snarky Puppy and Roosevelt Collier (Strange Circles) 
12. Sastana Qqqam - Tinariwen (Elwan) 
13. Timbuktu Fasso - Fatou Mata Diawara (Live at the Sanctuary for Independent Media 2016) 
14. Wainam Adobat - Tamikrest 
15. Sew - Snarky Puppy ft. Malika Tirolien 
16. Asatoma - Keith Porteous (Sound Refuge 2) 
17. Kal Akaal - Simrit Kaur (Ancient Storm) 
18. Guru Ram Das - Snatam Kaur (Anand) 
19. Mrs. D reads a poem from Melissa DeOrazio 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
March 7, 2018 
1. Highway Kind - Townes Van Zandt 
2. Snowing on Raton - Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley (Austin Pickers 1984) 
3. Election Day - Blaze Foley (Live at Austin Outhouse) 
4. Life of a Texas Man - Blaze Foley (Wanted More Dead Than Alive) 
5. Gaslight - Sue Foley (Ice Queen) 
6. Ophelia - Natalie Merchant (Ophelia) 
7. With God On Our Side - First Aid Kit (live) 
8. Mrs D. reads Women Who Run With the Wolves (Clear Water chapter) by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes 
9. Not Lonely - Eliza Gilkyson 
10. Send the Sun - Nikki Lane (live at 
11. Lay You Down - Nikki Lane 
12. Angel from Montgomery - Buddy Miller with Brandi Carlile and The Lone Bellow (Live from Cayamo) 
13. The Mother - Brandi Carlile (By the Way, I Forgive You) 
14. Heroes and Songs - Brandi Carlile (Firewatcher's Daughter) 
15. East Houston Blues - Rodney Crowell (Official) (Close Ties) 
16. Reckless - Rodney Crowell (Close Ties) 
17. Unknown Legend - Shovels and Rope ft Shakey Graves (Busted Jukebox Vol. 1) 
18. Gold Dust Woman - Warren Haynes ft Railroad Earth and Grace Potter (Ashes and Dust) 
19. Hell On - Neko Case 
20. Suzanne - Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions 
21. Too Hot to Last - Snarky Puppy ft. Lucy Woodward (Family Dinner Vol. 1) 
22. Suzanne - Nina Simone (Sugar in My Bowl) 
23. Meditation to Expand Intuition - Guru Ram Das Guru - Sirgun Kaur (Reclaim Happiness)

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 
on 102.3 WHIV FM 
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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