Sunday is time for Bands From The Heartland….Meet, The Farewell Drifters

farewell drifters

Every Sunday , I will feature at least one Band that is either folk/Americana/bluegrass or maybe even some folkpunk. The 1st band up will be The Farewell Drifters out of Nashville. They bring a little bit of that 60s’ style harmonies back to the forefront. Good stuff. I’m a big fan of just about all these bands coming out of Nashville, add The Farewell Drifters to that list. I’ve read a lot of reviews of their new album “Tomorrow Forever” with people mentioning Brian Wilson, don’t get me wrong that’s not a bad thing but when I think of someone bringing beautiful harmonies to folk rock , I’m thinking The Byrds with Gram Parsons or the early years of The Eagles. But this isn’t about what I think, it’s about the music, so give a listen/buy/support…the Farewell Drifters

The Farewell Drifters (this is Josh on the questions)

And our sound might be best described as….

It’s pop music surrounded by a layer of Folk-Rock.

We are…
Josh, Zach, Clayton, Dean, Phil

We are originally from…..
Kentucky, Illinois, Denver and Tennessee.

The first time we met was…..

I just sort of ran across Zach on campus at Belmont. He was a Belmont student and soon after I started pretending to be one.

We knew we were going to be a Band when………

As soon as we met it was pretty much serious. Bandmate love at first sight? Zach and I had come to Nashville to find people to start a band with and it felt right. I brought my brother along and the other guys joined later.

Before starting the band we were employed as…….

We were students. None of had serious work. Jobs like working as a salesman in the middle of an abandoned mall. I remember getting called into work and the band was in somewhere like Kansas and I thought to myself “you don’t need me today, the mall is abandoned.”

What we are currently listening to….

I love this band called Isaiah from Tel Aviv. It’s a rock band with a bouzouki and beautiful melodies. I think they only have a bandcamp page and it is their first project in English.

Our craziest gig ever was……

Yawata Japan. The place itself was a paradise. We were on the other side of the world in a place that took a 17 hour flight and an 8 hour train ride to get to. Very few people spoke English and yet the connection we felt in this Japanese music hall was incredibly beautiful.

A few albums we just can’t be without…..

Revolver -Beatles
Transatlanticism –Death Cab

The Recordings of the Middle East – The Middle East

Pet Sounds – Beach Boys

Blood on the Tracks – Dylan

Low Country Suite – King Wilkie

Milk & Honey – Brian Lee & His Orchestra

For fun we like to…..

We have gotten into Skiing recently. We have done it in Oregon and Virginia as a band so far. We use Netflix a lot and love reading. I love scouring the internet for cool music or having nerdy musical debates in the van.

The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us……

That you should go to great lengths to collect records.

Our new record Tomorrow Forever. And lot of tours. I would love to go to Europe. Who knows?

From us in 2014

The Farewell

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From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife , 4 great kids and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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