From "Beauvilles are for Lovers", an article about Shawn Kyle and the Beauvilles August 2008 at StylishKidsInRiot.com:
"The Beauvilles are living the indie rock legend ... from Florida and New York to Paris and Japan. They've been featured on radio stations across the country, played Grammy and SXSW showcases, graced covers of magazines and been mentioned in Rolling Stone.
"What really matters though is that they are a tight group of true musicians that perform for the love of it. Shawn Kyle Beauville says that 'We all have to believe in something, and I believe in rock and roll music. Real, raw honest vibrant explosive passionate loud and exalting music; I am willing to give my life for this music.'
"Last year, they were busking in the streets of Austin during the SXSW music festival and a writer for the New York Times stopped them with ... 'So this music is damn good, why the hell are you playing on the street?' Shawn answered perfectly 'Because we're real musicians, we play music to play music for the sake of it whether or not people are watching or if we're on a stage ... what else would we be doing?'
The Beauvilles are Shawn Kyle Beauville (Guitars/Voices/Scotch), Craig Solomon Holmes (Drums/Curses&Clues), Christopher Tolan (Guitars/Harmonies/Trouble) and Johnny Barker (Bass/Gordon's Gin/Stavros). They are based in Tampa, but are heard all over the world.
From an interview with Shawn Kyle in September 2008 by Nathalie Voirin at Metromix.com:
"How did you get the name, The Beauvilles?"
"The Beauvilles were originally a southern family of overt hedonists in the 1800's that fell into scandal due to the spiritualism religious movements of the time. They were discovered to be practitioners of the occult, and had to flee their homes and become something of a group of gypsies. Much of my family in Georgia is buried on that old plantation property. But I chose the name because of a foolish card bet that I lost while drunk in a French house of poor morals that happened to have the same name.
"We noticed you've been wont to take on Beauville as your surname"
"I lost my name in a card game. Horrible stakes. Never play cards against someone that has one eye, elephant skin boots and only drinks Port wine. I should have bloody known better, but after a dozen years I rather like the name Shawn Kyle Beauville, so it will do. I won't begin to get into what else I've lost."
"Ok, so you have this new CD out, Whispering Sin. Tell us about the creation, inspiration, and perspiration it took to put it all together."
"This record has songs on it that have confessions to where extinct animals still live, exhausted love still lingers and extinguished lamps still burn low. In short, it contains non-fiction stories from travels of over a dozen American states, their countless cities, and the countries of France and Japan.
"I am inspired by true things, even things that I believe to be true but do not exist."
Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."
Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."
"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."
"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments."The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."
"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a
highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again.
I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
– Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.