Sarah Clarke might be mother to a 3-year-old son, but she still has time to belt out soulful vocals, though singing almost didn’t happen in her life.
Clarke is the lead singer for the band Dirty Revival, which will perform Nov. 21 at The Roxy Bar in downtown Kennewick.
“I always felt that being a musician was for other people, for people who the world wants to look at and learn about,” Clarke told the Herald in an email. “I didn’t think that I had anything to share that was interesting, and I truly believed that talent was the least important part of making music a career. Foolishly, I gave up before I even started and began to settle into a life working jobs I didn’t care about.”
But though she tried to quiet the constant urge to create and perform, it took the birth of her son to unleash the power to follow her musical dreams.
“I love everything about being a parent, but after he was born, I wondered what would I tell him when he grows up and asks about my life,” Clarke said. “Would I look my son in the face and tell him I gave up on my dream before trying?”
When Dirty Revival founder Terry Drysdale invited her to join a jam session with the band, she balked at first, falling back on insecurities, she said.
“He’s persistent though, and I eventually bit the bullet and joined them,” she added. “I felt a shift in my whole being then, experiencing a level of happiness I didn’t know I could achieve. And even as I struggle to balance time between Dirty Revival, my day job and my family, I recognize I would rather struggle with this balance than live an easier, tamer existence where I don’t do what I love. Donovan is 3 now, and when I show him our music and watch him smile and tell people ‘that’s my mama,’ I know I’ve made the right choice.”
All five Dirty Revival musicians are from Portland and when they came together to decide a name for their band they felt the name should reflect the collective personalities of the group, said Sean Higgins, a spokesman for the band.
“During one of their many rehearsals, two words that just stuck together during a conversation (were dirty and revival),” he said. “That resembled the collective personality. It was fate.”
The music of Dirty Revival is perhaps a little easier to understand as it blends soul and hip-hop with Clarke on vocals, Evan Simko on guitar, Terry Drysdale on drums, John Shaw on bass and Karl Ludwigsen on keyboards.
All five members of the group are Portland natives with varied interests in the music industry. Clarke earned a swath of singing accolades growing up. Simko is working in hip-hop production and film scoring. Drysdale has been playing drums since age 10. Ludwigsen also plays sax, trumpet and trombone. Shaw played with several other Portland-area bands before joining Dirty Revival last year.
The band also has a Kickstarter campaign to gather enough money to release their first album. The campaign closes Dec. 13. Anyone wishing to donate can check it out at http://tinyurl.com/lrpa8la.
The Roxy gig starts at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $5, and event is open to the 21-and-older crowd only.