Continental Drifters (from the album Drifted: In the Beginning and Beyond on Omnivore Recordings) - For many years, Continental Drifters could have been considered ‘more a legend than a band’ (thanks to The Flatlanders for their album title). Omnivore Recordings has changed that with the release of Drifted: In the Beginning and Beyond. The band first gathered in Los Angeles (1990) via a yearlong jam residency at Raji’s. Relocation to New Orleans for a decade long career that was brought to a halt by Hurricane Katrina, which demolished the homes of band members and Continental Drifters scattered.
The waters of the gulf put a damper on the lives of the band members, though the memory of Continental Drifters stayed float. Founding member Peter Holsapple (the db’s) knows his band, and feels that “I believe that this band was a band who were the very illustration of a shattering live experience, the embodiment of a force majeure, a family-style drinking society of impavid proportions, and purveyors fo some of the sweetest harmony song of the decade’.
Drifted supplies two discs with thirty-three songs to flesh out the band’s skeleton as Disc One represents the early years of songwriting from Ray Ganucheau, Gary Eaton and Carlo Nuccio who stood beside founding members Mark Walton (The Dream Syndicate) and Peter Holsapple. The sessions recorded are from 1992 and include new band members Susan Cowsill (The Cowsills) and Vicki Peterson (The Bangles). Drifted: In the Beginning and Beyond showcases the American Roots and Americana of Continental Drifters with early takes and demos of “Side Steppin’ the Fire” and “Match Made in Heaven” as well as making stops for “Dallas”, “NYC”, and “The Mississippi”. Disc Two is an instant crush for fans of Continental Drifters as well as overall lovers of music in the Rock Era. The band offers the versions of songs by Lucinda Williams (“Crescent City”), Tyrone Davis (“Turn Back the Hand of Time”), The Monkees/Mike Nesmith (“Some of Shelly’s Blues”), Fairport Convention (“Meet Me on the Ledge”), Gram Parsons (“A Song for You”), and Alive and Kickin’ (Tighter, Tighter”). Continental Drifters tear a hole in the original distortion of Neil Young’s “When You Dance I Can Really Love”, and offer angelic harmonies as they send out a song for the fans on “Dedicated to the One I Love”, and on a larger level, with the tracks included on Drifted: In the Beginning and Beyond.
Continental Drifters would like you to know that they will returning to stages with performances in New Orleans, Louisiana at Tipitina's on September 12, 2015 and Los Angeles, CA at The Morgan-Wixam Theatre on September 19, 2015 with ‘Every Last Damn Member On Stage Together’.
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