The men of DD Revival, from left, “Bump” Olmstead, Ken Link, Don Tucker and Dick Harper. The band plays songs of the ’50s and ’60s.
For a great local mix of cover songs from the 1950s and ’60s, one must look (or listen) no further than DD Revival.
Composed of four men with musical expertise and a love for the oldies, DD Revival plays locally throughout the year and spreads their love for music throughout the River Bend.
Founder Don Tucker, who handles lead guitar and vocals, has been playing guitar since he was 10. He played guitar in Nashville for about two decades and returned to the River Bend to play with some of the area’s top bands. He started DD Revival in 2007 with a friend who has since stopped playing with the band because of health problems. The rest of the band has joined DD Revival at different times from diverse backgrounds, but all came together to play music close to their hearts.
“This is the current band, hopefully the one that’s going to last forever,” Tucker says.
Singer and drummer Ken Link started playing at age 8. He was playing professionally by 17 and has stayed in the River Bend playing with the Lewis and Clark College Jazz Band and the Bud Shultz & You Can’t Beat Experience Jazz Band, and assisting with Alton Little Theater productions.
Bassist Dick Harper played in many popular local bands from the ’50s and ’60s and lived in Los Angeles for several years, collaborating with some of the “best musicians there,” Tucker says.
“I just play enough notes to get by,” Tucker jokes.
Tucker remembers seeing Harper play many years ago, and says he looked up to him as a guitarist.
The newest addition to the band is David “Bump” Olmstead on keyboards and vocals. He’s been playing professionally since he was 13 and is well-known in the River Bend for his excellence on the keyboard. He started filling in with the band three years ago, and laughingly says, “I’m still here!”
DD Revival plays a few times a month in the Alton area, and practices as often as they need to learn new music.
“Not enough to get sick of each other,” Tucker says.
He says the band is special because they “aren’t trying to prove anything. We just do it because we love music.”
Link agrees, saying, “We’re all playing music we enjoy, and I think we’ve got the best harmonies of most oldies groups in the area.”
Tucker says he was heavily influenced by music from the ’50s and ’60s. For this reason, he really enjoys the music played by DD Revival.
“I’ve gotten to do exactly the songs I’ve always wanted to do,” he says.
Link says the band has many wonderful qualities, both from the standpoint of a band member and an audience member.
“I can’t express how much I love this band,” he says.
It shows, too, as Link usually has a giant smile on his face while he plays, according to Tucker.
The men of DD Revival are excited about their Aug. 23 show at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford. It’s part of a summer they have all truly enjoyed.
“We’ve been branching out quite a bit this summer,” Tucker says.