The Driftless
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 5:15-6:00pm
Lead Belly Stage - Room #333

"... Melodies that evoke a soft breeze in a field on a warm summer's day, and a visit to the pub that very same night..." - Vermont Arts Blog

Born from rowdy late-night beginnings at the infamous Hebard surfside co-op jams, the Driftless journey through rye-soaked soundscapes that fuse country-folk, old time, jazz and blues. Playing everything from delicate ballads to boisterous foot-stomping tunes, the Driftless is anchored in the American roots tradition. Songs range from playful and luminous to sultry and haunting - think Memphis Minnie, Bill Monroe and Tom Waits go to the circus.

The vocals and song writing of Megan Saunders and Blair McLaughlin meet with Jeffrey Kissell's bold base lines and Rob Smith's ripping guitar solos to form the architecture of the band. We approach every song as unique, and develop it family-style, making it greater than the sum of its parts. Through our music, we strive to build a sense of story, place and regalement drawing from naturalism, love, travels, weirdness and insomnia. To us, this music is a refuge.