Bearsville Theater Presents:
GENRE: Alt-Folk, Harmonic Roots, Bluegrass
Rising out of Nashville’s thriving independent music scene, the Farewell Drifters are an alt-folk band known for their 60’s era-inspired harmonies and adventurous musical energy. They have crafted a seamless blend of intellectual psychedelic pop with melodic songs that openly explore the brightest and darkest corners of life with raw intensity. The Farewell Drifters’ latest album, Echo Boom, has been met with critical praise and finds them growing from young men into thinking men and establishing their considerable place in this world.
Zach Bevill: lead vocals, guitars
Joshua Britt: mandolins, vocals
Clayton Britt: lead guitars, vocals
Dean Marold: upright bass, vocals
See and hear The Farewell Drifters on YouTube!
Quotes and Endorsements…
“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
“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 (Chapel Hill, NC, Jan 22, 2010)
“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
“Stellar musicianship, soaring harmonies, and insightful songwriting as exemplified in their current release, Sweet Summer Breeze.”
- The Localist, Washington D.C.
“One of the most striking new bands, a young Nashville based quintet, that plays with the fire of the New Grass Revival, and, in the words of one gushing reviewer, “making folk music hip again.””
- Dave Higgs, Bluegrass Breakdown, NPR
With their shimmering harmonies, gently propulsive acoustic instrumentation, and disarmingly honest songwriting, the Farewell Drifters have arrived at an engaging, inventive musical hybrid all their own – pure, but not so simple; accessible and welcoming, yet highly personal.
MORE INFO: thefarewelldrifters.com
When Greg Van Houten was growing up, the college radio scene was loaded with up and coming folk singers and bluegrass bands that are now the stuff of legends. "I always fell for the lyrics, I always wanted to write songs like John Prine and Tom T. Hall and Loudon Wainwright do." All these years later the only thing that's changed is the scope of influence. GVH is a live performer. He plays local pubs, festivals and private parties around the northeast. The opening act five years running at the Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival, GVH loves to greet people with a mix of original compositions and unexpected covers. "Maybe someday I'll make a record, but it's never been a priority. I like playing to people."