365 New Orleans: The Dirty Rain Revelers



Roots-Rock Americana band, The Dirty Rain Revelers, based in New Orleans, features husband/wife team of Melissa & Matthew DeOrazio on guitars and vocals. The couple met on a gig in Austin in October 2005, a post-Katrina love story set to music. Melissa has family roots in TX and grew up in Austin; Matthew was retreating and recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

Roots Music Report says of their Magnolia release, “Melissa DeOrazio’s vocal persona, simultaneously youthful and world-weathered, and spouse Matthew’s pinpoint, Knopfler-esque guitar generate all the incandescence needed to light up a constantly charming, soul soothing mini-set.”

To date, they’ve recorded four albums, performed at various festivals, toured annually from the Southwest/Northwest/East Coast/Midwest, built a home recording studio, established their own music publishing company, and performed their own arrangement of the Cole Porter tune, I’ve Got My Eyes on You in the closing scene of NCIS Crescent City Part 1 with Mark Harmon and Scott Bakula.

Their song, I’ve Seen, was featured on NCIS New Orleans (October 11, 2016), where Matthew performed the song instrumentally on the show, with local trumpet player Ian Smith.

They appeared for a third time on NCIS: New Orleans (May 15, 2018) as a full band, performing two original songs. (I’ve Seen and Pick Out Your Own Cloud; both songs will be on the Spark album, due out October 25th, 2018.

1. Tell me more about y’all! 

My husband, Matthew, and I play roots rock, electric blues, and Americana music. We have been married for 12 years, but have been playing together longer than that. We met in Austin, not long after Katrina, while Matthew was playing gigs and I was organizing songwriter showcases. 

Matthew ended up moving to Austin in Dec. 2005. At the time, I was a solo singer/songwriter; he said I needed a band around me, so we ended up working together. For about a year and a half, we toured and played together, and built a friendship around this musical relationship. I was then moving to California, which had been a plan of mine for a while. Right before I left, Matthew told me how he felt about me and I was willing to see where it would lead to. I told him to come to California to see me; 10 days later we eloped on the beach. 

I knew L.A. wasn’t the place for me; he said to come to New Orleans and give it 6 months. If I didn’t like it, we could move anywhere else I wanted. Twelve years later, we are still here. 


2. How long have you been a band?

In the beginning of 2009 we formed a formal band called Sweet Jones. It was too common to other band names, so in 2016 we changed our name to The Dirty Rain Revelers. We wanted a name that was evocative of what we play, sound like, and what the city is like. 


3. How do people find you online? 

thedirtyrainrevelers.com, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram @thedirtyrainrevelers


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

We are yoga musicians too! I teach yoga and Matt will play mediation music for my classes. We are teaching and playing at a workshop on June 8th in Lafayette at Acadiana Yoga.

While I lead the class, Matt plays atmospheric sounds and rhythms. When I’m not leading, I sing along!


5. Lagniappe Info. 

On May 26th, we will be playing at Portside Lounge. We can typically be found there about once a month.

May 27th, you can find us playing at Buffa’s.

We are also available for house concerts and yoga workshops. We like to find alternative venues like art markets and community centers – where there is a bigger cross section of life. This way more people can enjoy the show, including kids!


To book The Dirty Rain Revelers, send them an email at thedrrnola@gmail.com



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