By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Magnolia Boulevard, the dynamic Lexington five-piece molding together rock, blues, soul, funk and jam components has reached a deal with Revelation Management Group (RMG), the band announced in a Facebook post on Friday.
The Lexington troupe comprised of Maggie “Noelle” Stanley on guitar/vocals, Gregg Erwin on lead guitar, Ryan Allen on keys, Todd Copeland on drums and John Roberts on bass will join artists such as Stone Temple Pilots, Slash (of Guns N’ Roses) and Evanescence, among others on the RMG roster.
For Copeland, the partnership with RMG is just the latest in a string of events he never anticipated.
“We’ve been so fortunate lately,” said Copeland. “I’ve told several people that I’ve tried to keep a ‘believe it when I see it’ attitude and the next thing I know we’re on a plane to play NAMM in L.A. It’s been pretty amazing I must say. We are some extremely lucky folks.”
According to Allen, he’s still in disbelief about being on a management roster that boats some of his musical heroes.
“It’s pretty unbelievable to see our name right next to Stone Temple Pilots,” Allen said. “That intro lick to ‘Interstate Love Song’ is one of the first things I ever learned on guitar as a teenager. Something like this is just really motivating. It makes us just want to kick it into another gear.”
Erwin says he’s flattered by the opportunity this presents the band along with stressing how excited he is to get back to playing after being on hiatus since March 2 as Stanley gave birth to her first child.
“We are honored and thrilled to be on the roster at Revelation and have Jordan Berliant as our manager,” said Erwin. “Having downtime the last couple of months has been good to practice, learn, apply new things musically and write new material but I’m itching to get back at it.”
After forming in February 2017 following a chance encounter between Stanley and Erwin at Al’s Bar in Lexington the band has made quick work of things, dropping their debut, self-titled EP less than a year later and shortly after receiving an endorsement from musical powerhouse PRS Guitars following a performance at Willcutt Guitar’s 50 year anniversary celebration that blew PRS Founder and CEO Paul Reed Smith away as he watched from the crowd.
The band was later invited to perform at Experience PRS 2018 at the company’s headquarters in Stevensville, Maryland. Following several trips back to Maryland throughout the summer 2018 to record the band was later flown out to Los Angeles this past January to play at NAMM, the biggest music conference in the country. Upon their return Magnolia Boulevard made their debut at Manchester Music Hall in Lexington supporting rising southern rock star Marcus King.
Revelation Management Group, a division of Red Light Management, is a music management firm founded in 2015 by veteran managers Jordan Berliant and Jeff Varner. According to its website, RMG provides the infrastructure, staff, support and resources to artists so they can optimize their careers in a constantly evolving industry. With these principles, RMG is able to assist artist’s careers with innovative and cutting edge ideas.
The band will return to action on June 1 at the Mountain Music Festival in West Virginia. For more information on Magnolia Boulevard visit MagnoliaBoulevardBand.com.
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