The Drifters – Country And Western Band

Country And Western Band

The Drifters are not your average Country And Western Band.

With well over 100 gigs since 2014 including UK festivals such as StowFest, Harlequin Festival and headlining Wanstead Festival 2016, they are also regulars at Soho’s Country Soul Sessions.

For the last two years, they have hosted an all-day 4th of July party in Stoke Newington.

This five piece band plays both country & western and pays homage to traditional honky tonk, western swing, Bakersfield and bluegrass – with all the original energy and edge of electric bar bands from country’s classic era.

The lead vocals hails USA which helps gives an authentic voice to the stories behind the songs – handpicked from the likes of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Gram Parsons, Buck Owens, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and many others.

With three part harmonies, pedal steel, acoustic guitar, telecaster and bass (and the occasional washboard, piano, dobro and harmonica thrown in) The Drifters lay claim to being the most authentic honky tonk barroom band in the UK.

Musical Style/Genre:
Classic country and western (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s) including honky tonk, western swing, the Bakersfield Sound, bluegrass, outlaw and alt-country.

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Repertoire List

Original arrangements of
Merle Haggard
Willie Nelson
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Johnny Cash
Hank Williams, Gram Parsons
Bob Dylan
Waylon Jennings
The Band
Buck Owens and His Buckaroos
Neil Young
Johnny Bush
George Jones
Kenny Rogers
Luke McDaniel
Lefty Frizzell
Dave Dudley
Warren Zevon
Grateful Dead
Steve Earle
Flatt and Scruggs
Gene Autrey
Porter Wagoner
The Skillet Lickers
Vic Chesnutt
Gary P Nunn
Woody Guthrie
Flying Burrito Brothers and others.

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