Strings & Wood Presents long time Nashville friends passing through the S&W stage for the 4th time The Farewell Drifters with special guest Tyler Lee Holter!
Friday April 4th @ Leon
$10 suggested donation pre-sale at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/609477
$12 suggested donation at the door.
The Farewell Drifters:
"Lavish, layered pop sound" - American Songwriter
"Exuberant musical intelligence" - No Depression
"Sunny, harmony-laden roots music" - Pop Matters
The Short Story
With their acoustic instrumentation and the anthemic thrust of their songwriting, the Farewell Drifters find themselves in the midst of what’s bound to go down in the annals of popular music history as an era-defining, youthful folk-rock boom. But the Drifters aren’t content simply to stomp, strum and sing with gusto. They bring a unique Brian Wilson-like sensibility to the movement, with intricately arranged harmonies and atmospheric, string-swathed studio shading that is newly showcased on Tomorrow Forever, the quartet’s first album for their new label Compass Records. Collaborating with roots pop producer Neilson Hubbard (Matthew Perryman Jones, the Apache Relay) helped solidify the band’s voice, elevating their crystalline harmonies and acoustic foundation with gutsy electric guitar and orchestral-style drums to create a sound that’s earthy, richly layered, and powerful.
With the release of their most recent album Tomorrow Forever, the Drifters have delivered their most accomplished and fully developed album yet. The twelve songs demonstrate the band's belief in the value of pop craftsmanship, and that couldn’t be further from the rustic, Depression-era musical styles that drove the Mumfords and Avetts of the world to pick up acoustic instruments. Instead, the authenticity that matters the most to the Drifters has nothing at all to do with eschewing finesse or escaping technology and everything to do with being true to themselves and their musical sensibilities.
“I’ve never felt like a very raw musician, personally,” explains Zach, the band’s formally trained lead singer and rhythm guitarist. “That’s just not who I am. I think my challenge has been figuring out how to let go a little bit; how to do that creative, intricate thing that I love, while at the same time being able to let go more vocally.” Together with band mates Joshua (mandolin and harmony vocals), Clayton (lead guitar) and Dean (jazz-schooled upright bass) the new album reflects the Drifters' devotion to growth and possibility.
Collaborating with roots pop producer Neilson Hubbard (Matthew Perryman Jones, the Apache Relay, the Drifters’ 2011 Echo Boom) helped solidify the band’s sound, elevating their crystalline harmonies and acoustic foundation with gutsy electric guitar and orchestral-style drums. Clayton contributes Telecaster licks and 12-string acoustic runs, and the lion’s share of the tracks feature a standing approach to playing drum kit that studio ace Evan Hutchings developed in order to compliment the band’s intricate textures. Organ and piano parts played by Neilson and Zach help to fill out the sound, as do the ambient swells of Kris Donegan’s lap steel.
Tyler Lee Holter
Tyler Lee Holter is an a modern American legend. Children will write stories of this urban cowboy's music, they will sing his songs in fields of golden grass. Tyler's voice was painted by nature's own voice, his guitar melodies fly through the air on wisps of decadence and decay. Tyler is new to the Colorado music scene, but is making an honest name for himself as one of the best alt-country singers in the land. Leon and Strings and Woods are proud to team up with this remarkable musician to open the evening.
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