American Drag

American Drag


Neo Classic Rock. Modern rock with classic rock roots and vibe. Featuring a strong line up of musicians and lead vocalist ala Black Crowes, Wilco, Collective Soul, Pearl Jam, Live, Train, & Led Zeppelin.


A gang of unapologetic rockers, The American Drag is a kicking live band from the San Francisco Bay Area with songs to match. Since 2004, AD has electrified audiences with its classic rock power combined with a fearless indie vibe. The band's sophomore album “Out of the Sky” is currently charting at iTunes and CD Baby. The title is also set for release in the EU, through the German label and publisher, PHLONQ. The songs journey through the human spirit’s struggle in Americana— the “American Dream” turned “American Drag.”

In a modern-classic landscape of hard-edged roots rock and electronic textures, front man Will Evankovich casts his bittersweet narrations with a timber reminiscent of Peter Gabriel and grit of the Black Crowes Chris Robinson. In addition to Will’s long-time band mates, bassist Joseph Shaughnessy and guitarist, vocalist Monroe Grisman, now drummer John Mader and piano/keyboardist Eric Levy from the Bay Area jam/jazz fusion band Garaj Mahal round out the band. While "Out of the Sky" saw the departure of original guitarist Jason Thwaites and drummer Alan Hertz, the introduction of Mader and Levy has added an infusion of power and psychedel-i-funk to the live show.

While recording “Out of the Sky,” Will was recruited by veteran rocker/producer Jack Blades (Night ranger/Damn Yankees) as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with Shaw-Blades, featuring Tommy Shaw (Styx/Damn Yankees). After a national tour of the “Influences” record, AD was invited to open some shows for Styx gaining many new die-hard fans along the way with their explosive live show. When not performing with The American Drag this Fall, Will and Joe are performing on the world premier of Green Day's "American Idiot" musical, directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony Award for “Spring Awakening,” and Mader will continue his run as the drummer for the hit Wicked.

As the members of The American Drag have been developing loyal fans working in various combinations over several years: making albums, playing clubs and theatres, climbing in and out of vans across the US and in Europe. The band is now preparing to put their new music on national and international stages with this exciting new release.

It’s music with substance:

And today, Marin's great musical tradition continues with a dynamic local band called American Drag... I suggest you catch their live show now, because they're about to rocket through the stratosphere. Rodger Cambria/ Spin (writing for The News Marin)

These boys rock steady, in a way that's been forgotten by most of today's so-called alt-rock bands. R.V. Scheide/ North Bay Bohemian

Background in prog, power pop, and grunge translates to big melodic riffs that turn on a dime, and when they bring it out to the edge of the cliff, it’s clear: These guys can fucking play.
Richard B. Simon / Relix Magazine

2007 North Bay Bohemian readers poll award recipients for “Best Local Rock Band”




American Drag (self titled) 2005 release

2ND ALBUM "Out of the Sky" to be released in 2010 on PanMondial!

Set List

Predominantly original material.

A few select covers thrown in.

Generally able to cover (2) sets or a little over 2 hours of music.