This five-piece Americana band from upstate New York plays music firmly rooted in the past with a foot-stomping fervor that is all about living in the present.
While the acoustic configuration may tempt one to label them a bluegrass act, Driftwood's sound owes as much a nod to ‘60s R&B, ‘70s country rock, and contemporary pop as it does to folk and traditional Appalachian music. Live, it all comes together in a frenetic performance that has made the band a returning favorite at festivals and dance halls for much of the last decade.
For their fifth studio album, due out in Spring 2019, Driftwood retreated to the Catskill Mountains to write and record in the storied home of Rip Van Winkle. They spent ten days working with Simone Felice, the award-winning producer of the Lumineers' Cleopatra, and sound engineer Pete Hanlon, whose many credits include work with O.A.R. and Rachel Yamagata.
The resulting eleven tracks on Tree of Shade showcase an evolution in the band’s sound, maturing to a height that only years of touring and recording can bring. The songs by Forsyth, Kollar, and Byrne showcase Driftwood’s sound as it is now, speaking directly of the life experiences they have all had.