Black River Drifters (from the album Drive By Feel available on 800822 Records)
Wisdom leads the words of Black River Drifters as they wrap a ring around mortality, citing that ‘we ain’t here for long’ and putting forth a proposition within an admission, confessing “I’m a dreamer, so let’s go back to bed’ (“The Way I See It”). Smarts and smirks play tag in the songs on Drive By Feel, the latest release from the Winnipeg, Manitoba-based band. Black River Drifters strive to take ‘the high road from nowhere’ (“These Chains I’m In”), sink in a swirling nightmarish melody (“The Kiss”), run into trouble down south (Ontario) in a honky tonk tale (“Mi Casa Es Su Muerte”), and run out of words as they make one last request (“Longhorn”). Alt Country and Folk Roots music blend into the Canadian Americana of Black River Drifters. Drive By Feel takes a bite out of the blacktop under its wheels in “Rumble Strips”, rattles rhythm like the pills swallowed in “Down Near El Paso”, and hammers out a love letter for “Jelly Bean” while Black River Drifters make a toast on gospel piano for “Old Friend” and rewrite “Stagger Lee” as a honky tonk romp.
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