James and the Drifters

James and the Drifters

 Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
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James and the Drifters is a rock/indie band from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Influenced by the golden-era of rock the group combines rootsy blues rock with modern synth pop. The band has been compared to contemporary artist Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, and Band of Horses.

Biography

James & the Drifters have always kept two goals in mind for every performance, to give positivity and play from the heart. The aphorism has served them well as the band is one of the most talked about and loved groups in Fort Wayne’s underground rock scene. Their sound is the transfiguration of modern pop folk into the likeness of the golden-era of rock.

Formed in the small town of Huntington in 2010, James & the Drifters was the collective idea of three folk artists pulling resources. Less than a month after sharing material Brent Chamberlin, Kyle Jackson, and Tyler Gault hit the studio and in 8 hours the three men recorded over 20 songs featuring a wide-range of folk instruments: the banjo, lap-steel, accordion, drums, guitar, and rich three-part harmonies.  “There was never a lack of songs and creative input,” Chamberlin says. And never have truer words been spoken. Over the course of the band’s four-year existence they have recorded three albums (about to release the fourth) and perform just about every weekend of the year.

Immediately after forming James & the Drifters began booking shows and playing anyplace that would host them; playing weddings, art galleries, graduation parties, birthday parties, car shows, and of course the local Ft. Wayne dive bars and restaurants. More recently the band has begun touring regionally, including stops in Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, and Nashville. Another aspect of the band’s mission to give positivity is performing charity events and putting on concerts for the incarcerated.

Stylistically the band has shaken off their dusty-folk/Americana-boots for the tough thick-skinned sound of rock and blues. Melodic guitar riffs jab and sometimes hang sweetly about the air while tight three-part harmonies, pure and strong, move along with the rock driven rhythm section. Putting a finger on the sound of James & the Drifters typically harkens to contemporary bands such as My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Kings of Leon, or Lord Huron, yet flows down a path of its own right.

The band continues to tour regionally and earn new fans. Their fourth album “All That Gold” is set to release independently on August 5th 2014. 

Lyrics

Til I Die

Written By: Kyle Jackson

Til I Die

This ground is where I’m from and that’s where ill end up
This ground is where I’m from and that’s where ill end up
This ground is where I’m from-
I’ll be forgotten when I’m gone
When I die, when I die, when I die.

And this world is not my home it’s not where I belong
This world is not my home it’s not where I belong
And this world is not my home –
But I’ll see the kingdom come
When I die, when I die, when I die.

Oh won’t you lay me next to my father
Won’t you lay me next to my mother
Won’t you lay me on top of my lover
When I die, when I die, when I die.

This world has lost its grip on me alright
And death has set the captive free alright
I’m letting go I can’t take it on my flight
And my restless soul will finally float away…when I die

Oh won’t you lay me next to my father
Won’t you lay me next to my mother
Won’t you lay me on top of my lover
When I die, when I die, when I die.

Discography

All That Gold (released August 5, 2014)
1. Lucille the Wall
2. One Trick Pony
3. Foxtrot 
4. All That Gold
5. Morning Light
6. Bigtime
7. May 21
8. Wanderin
9. Happy Anniversary, Darlin
10. Hallelujah 
11. Bandit
12. Cold Wind Blowin
13. Til I Die 

Set List

3 Hour Set List

Sound Check –

Set 1

Wanderin

May 21

Big Time

Florida

Where or When

What Was I Thinking

Seasons

On My Way

Land of the Lost

Lucille the Wall

Walk On

Morning Light

Be Strong

Record in Reverse

 (intermission)

Set 2

Cold Wind Blowin

Happy Anniversary Darlin One Trick Pony

Bones

Bandit

Hallelujah Song

Buffalo

Train

Wild Women

All That Gold

Stars

Til I Die

Foxtrot