Dustbowl Revival Shares Their Most Personal Song “Be (For July)”

Dustbowl Revival Shares Their Most Personal Song “Be (For July)”

Photo by Bob Turton

In the new song, Dustbowl Revival frontman Z. Lupetin sings his hopes, wishes, and dreams that kept him going while his wife unexpectedly faced postpartum complications.

Lupetin explains, “One minute I was tearfully texting the grandparents across the country, “IT’S A GIRL!”  and the next thing I knew, our lives became a horror film wrapped up in an episode of House MD inside an outtake of The Twilight Zone.

After the birth of their beautiful baby girl Lupetin’s wife, Taylor spent 5 weeks at the hospital on and off ventilators before she was diagnosed with a rare condition called atypical hemolytic uremic disorder (aHUS). A rare condition that currently has only been diagnosed in around 400 people in the United States, and the odds of childbirth activating the condition are a million-to-one.

“This song is important to me,” Z. Lupetin goes on – “because in some way, it tries to tell the story of how we got here. I would go home after spending grueling days at the hospital watching my wife battle this sinister sickness, and when little July finally fell asleep, I’d play this song over and over on our old 1918 Steinway piano. It got me through. The chords comforted me. It is about the fear I was experiencing but more about all the hopes I had for my daughter and the time we could spend together as a family – if my wife could come home to us.”

Fortunately, once diagnosed Taylor was able to receive life-saving medication, and together Lupetin, Taylor, and baby July star in the song’s new video where they celebrate life at their favorite spot, Yosemite.

The new song is from Dustbowl Revival’s forthcoming digital EP, Set Me Free due out on October 28th via AntiFragile Music.

The band is currently on tour, check out their dates here:

August 19 – Upper Salford, PA – Philadelphia Folk Festival
August 20 – Washington, D.C. – The Hamilton Live
August 21 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage
September 9 – Chico, CA – Laxson Auditorium
September 11 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 17 – Albany, OH – Ohio PawPaw Fest
September 18 – Cincinnati, OH – Ludlow Garage
September 23 – Springdale, UT – Zion Canyon Music Festival
September 29 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery Atlanta
October 8 – Livingston, KY – Moonshiners Ball
October 15 – Aguora Hills, CA – The Paramount Ranch Sonic Boom

By Mercedes Romana