No River City

No River City


Literate, catchy songwriting. Alternately rocks like Johnny Cash or broods like Leonard Cohen. It's melodic and lyrical storytelling. Raised on a diverse diet, Drew's music is certainly not purely country, rock or folk, but a colorful hybrid.


Partly acoustic, the songs are made to highlight the lyrics. Drums and electric guitars can rock out a club full of hipsters or a bar full of rednecks. De Man's voice has been likened to that of Mark Olson (Jayhawks), but that's purely accidental--his voice is an honest, unaffected southerner's with a knack for a melody and a bit of anxious muscle behind it. Three chords and the truth sometimes, but served well by a touch of minor-key complexity. De Man originally founded NRC in 2000. With longtime partner Terri Onstad, NRC toured as a duo all over the country from 2002 to 2004. Onstad left the band, but Drew has kept it moving with lineup changes. Influences and inspirations: The Stones, Peter Case, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, vintage and outlaw country, 60's R&B, Richard Buckner, Alejandro Escovedo, Calexico, Chuck Prophet. De Man's ongoing solo performances have been well-received.


7" vinyl single: A--Burn Down Our Old Home B--In the Willow Garden (2002) *Six Little Shoes Records

full-length cd: This Is Our North Dakota (2003) *Six Little Shoes Records

National airplay as of 2003 on college, AAA and community radio; several stations' top 30 lists.

Set List

Opening set: 40-45 minutes, about 8 to 10 songs. All original. Headliner set could be 75 minutes or two 45 minute sets. Longer sets include occasional reworked older covers from Tom Waits, U2, Nuggets box set, old traditional songs. *Originals often requested: "Ashes", "Burn Down Our Old Home", "Last Thing I Remember", "40-Foot Woman", "Visit Me."