Dean Marold • The Farewell Drifters: Zach Bevill, Joshua Britt, Clayton Britt, Christian Sedelmyer, Dean Marold, create harmonic roots music that draws influence from the traditions of folk, bluegrass, film scores, 60′s revolutionary pop, and their young Nashville peers. They have been delighting audiences everywhere from MerleFest to intimate listening rooms, and their album “Yellow Tag Mondays” debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart.
Echo Boom, the band’s third album due June 7, 2011, displays a growing maturity both musically and thematically, as the band considers the pressures and expectations placed on their generation by the previous one, and the ramifications of some of the vague self-actualization advice passed on by the boomers to their latchkey kids. “We were told by our parents that we could do anything we wanted, and though there’s an amazing freedom in that, a lot of my generation needed more direction,” says singer and guitar player Zach Bevill. Joshua Britt (mandolin/vocals) adds, “We were told to ‘Just Do It,’ but a lot of my friends are like, do what exactly? There is a lot of uncertainty about whether the lives we’re leading are going to get us anywhere.” That sentiment is expressed in “Punchline,” the lead track from Echo Boom. Britt, who wrote the song, juxtaposes earnest seriousness (“I don’t know what it is that fills my head with doubt/I just wanna shine the light that’s trying to get out/But it takes so long/And it’s always a process/And I can’t find the patience”) with the idea that life for his generation often seems like some cosmic joke, and that success is akin to successfully delivering a punchline. The chorus ends with the plea to “Let me deliver, let me deliver.”
• The Farewell Drifters • "Tip Of The Iceberg"
• The Farewell Drifters • "Yellow Tag Mondays" Documentary
• G&G Nashville Party featuring Farewell Drifters
• The Farewell Drifters • "Heart of a Slave"
• The Farewell Drifters • "All We Need"
• The Farewell Drifters • "Love We Left Behind"
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CREDITS, SOURCES, LINKS & RELATED ARTICLES
• Paste Magazine • Best of What’s Next: Farewell Drifters
• Farewell Drifters – Echo Boom • The Bluegrass Blog
• N E W S . A N D . R E V I E W S • Keith Case & Associates
• The Farewell Drifters nail friendly West Coast harmony • Nashville Scene
• Echo Boom Harmonic Roots • Crash Avenue
• The Farewell Drifters at The Kentucky Coffeetree Café
• FAME Review: The Farewell Drifters – Yellow Tag Mondays
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"The Farewell Drifters play with unapologetic optimism practically gleaming in their eyes, and Yellow Tag Mondays fully embodies their upbeat spirit, tight harmonies and the nostalgic, homey twang of an all-string ensemble." ~ Whitney Baker – Paste Magazine
"If it’s sunny, harmony-laden roots music you seek, these songs would make a fine addition to your next mix CD alongside the Jayhawks and Avett Brothers."
Jennifer Cooke – Pop Matters
"If a young Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel had ever gathered with Brian Wilson and the young Beach Boys and formed a Nashville string band, it might just have sounded like The Farewell Drifters." ~ Zachary Greenberg – The Nashville Review
"These guys have a youthful optimism and energy that’s infectious. It’s glorious and unmistakably powered by raw talent." ~ Jenny Crossen – Associated Content
"Before the genre gavel comes down, the judge would be advised to listen to the bulk of their album, on which The Farewell Drifters seem to be a straight-up rock/pop outfit that just happens to pick acoustic axes and lack a drummer." ~ Jim Allen – All Music Guide
"This young band has seemingly done the impossible; combined odd, old elements to make something new and intriguing that others hadn’t thought of." ~ David Malachowski – Times Union
"The Farewell Drifters are among the leaders for the next generation in this unfolding epic we call American Music." ~ Franne Jennings – The Amplifier
"The Farewell Drifters’ hybrid of retro/folk/pop is a welcome intrigue to an ever-evolving acoustic music landscape. Effectively distinguishing themselves from their traditional, and often narrowly produced, contemporaries, the clever quintet swabs heartland songs with modern acoustic production." ~ Andrew Greer – Christianity Today
"The Farewell Drifters play crisp acoustic pop steeped in the sunny disposition of the ’60s – the ’60s of The Beatles’ and Beach Boys’ gilded harmonies, and the Dillards’ and Byrds’ easygoing take on things folky and bluegrassy." ~ Jewly Hight – The Nashville Scene
"Don’t call them traditionalists: The Farewell Drifters borrow from Nickel Creek’s playbook with clean, graceful tunes that pair pop songwriting with an awful lot of acoustic strings." ~ Spencer Griffith – Independent Weekly
"One of the more pleasant discs I sonically supped all year. In the middle between acts like Chatham County Line and The Avett Brothers. An undefinable talent here too, something akin to what Townes Van Zandt was onto when he penned "Blue Ridge Mountains." ~ Davis – Creative Loafing