"Driftwood is a serious force on the NY music scene. Wrapping together all manner of musics that fall under the "Americana" blanket, combining "holy smokes, didja see that?" instrumentalism with "holy smokes, didja hear that?" lyrics, they're a fast-rising force to be reckoned with!" - Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance
To understand the hype surrounding this self proclaimed “Shanty Rock” quartet out of Binghamton, NY, catch them at a festival or club and you will surely not be disappointed. But to really see why they are catching so much buzz, follow them around for a few shows.
Climbing out of two hatchbacks one by one, they rustle out a Banjo, Guitar, Violin and a Bass and start to warm up before a show in a small café in New Paltz, NY. They play for maybe 75 people and are off to play a rock club in Providence, RI the next night. They play the opening slot for maybe 45 people and are off to New York City for a nighttime show in the village but they start the day in Washington Square playing for tips. From show to show whether there’s three hundred people or five, a stage, lights, or just a sidewalk with some foot traffic there is one constant: there is something so unbelievably contagious and sincere about the music that flows out of them that no matter where they are, people listen.
It is obvious that there is a strong influence from the traditional American Roots/ Rock artists such as, Bob Dylan or The Band or even Hank Williams along with the modern string band music of today like Old Crow Medicine Show or The Avett Brothers. But there is another side to this band that pays homage to the Pop Rock of the 60’s, the simple straight forward lines of the Classical Period and even the more obscure, popular songwriters of today such as Regina Spektor. Whatever the influences or the sounds, from ballads to up tempo rock feels, the songs are beautiful and the energy is off the chart.
Formed in late 2005 the band spent about four years playing just about anywhere they could. “We just wanted to be able to play for any crowd and turn heads” says banjo player Joe Kollar. “We played everywhere. Coffee houses, bars, churches, rock clubs, bluegrass festivals and the streets…a lot on the streets. We didn’t make any money but what we learned was invaluable”.
After building an incredibly loyal local and regional following they spent the last two years reaching out to a bigger audience. With constant trips to New York City and a grueling touring schedule spanning from Providence, RI to Austin, TX to Portland, OR to Buffalo, NY they have managed to build a fast growing national fan base.
"Rally Day" released in June, 2009
"A Rock & Roll Heart" released in November, 2011
We are an original band.