Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags

Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags

 Portland, Oregon, USA

Pulling from influences as diverse as Merle Haggard & the Flaming Lips, Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags embody a neo-Americana spirit rooted in the country/folk tradition while keeping a foot in the innovative musical landscape of today. It's a big sound with big heart, capable of severe extremes.



Style: Americana / Alt. Country / Folk Rock / Psychedelic

From: Portland, OR, USA

Defying contemporary music trends, Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags do not fit neatly into a “scene,” nor do they care to. Instead, they play gritty, melodic songs that float somewhere between an old school 60’s/70’s folk rock aesthetic and a contemporary alt-country, Americana furnace blast. Barr’s disturbing yet comfortable boozy vocal style and emotionally incisive songwriting sit front and center, flanked by a 6 piece outfit that can deliver weepy grooves, jangly tin-pan alley pop, suicidal ballads, garage rock, grinding two-steps and near psychedelic opuses, all while sounding like a true band. Acoustic guitar, pedal steel and keyboards tangle with overdriven guitar; four part harmonies recall the Beach Boys and the Band; full throttle drums irreverently confuse country and rock. Their style can be reminiscent of Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, the Pogues and Pink Floyd, all within a single song. With influences ranging from Merle Haggard to the Flaming Lips, their sound undeniably borrows from the classics, draws from their contemporaries and crosses many borders - yet remains distinctively their own.

Their new CD, All the Great Aviators Agree, was released on May 20, 2008. More up-tempo and band-oriented than their singer/songwriter oriented debut, Legionnaires' Disease, this CD is a substantial benchmark in the evolving work of Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags.


•All The Great Aviators Agree (released May 20th, 2008) immediately hit both the Euro-Americana charts (#13) and the Free Form Americana Roots Chart (#19)
•Played SXSW 2008 (BDC showcase)
•Played MusicFestNW (Portland, OR) 2007 & 2008
•Picked up for European distribution by Sonic Rendevous/Benelux
•"Aviators" received a stellar review in the final hard copy issue of NO DEPRESSION magazine
•Highly successful 6-1/2 week spring tour in support of "Aviators"
•Live appearances on HOLLYWOOD PREVIEWS, ROCK REMEDY (Vlaze T.V./L.A), PARK CITY T.V. (Utah), KINK-FM RADIO (Portland, OR)
•Legionnaires' Disease debuted at #29 on the Roots Music Report radio airplay chart (the biggest indie radio chart in the world), reaching #17 for 5 straight weeks. The album shared the charts with such artists as Ray Lamontagne, John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell, Southern Culture on the Skids, Jackie Greene, and Alejandro Escovedo.
•Burnside Distribution - Picked up for national distribution by Burnside Distribution Corporation
•Regularly featured on KINK FM’s Local Music Spotlight and hundreds of college/indie and podcast radio programs worldwide.
•Legionnaires’ Disease produced by Rob Stroup (Baseboard Heaters, The Imprints) at 8 Ball Studios, Portland, OR.
•Guest appearances on Legionnaires’ Disease: Derek Brown (The Eels), Rich Lander (Richmond Fontaine, Telephone & Floater), Skip VonKuske, Chris Robley (The Sort Of’s), Rachel Taylor Brown, Marilee Hord, and Steve Wilkinson (Mission 5).
•Regularly placed on the Euro-Americana Chart throughout 2006.
•Played 200 shows in 2006/2007/2008 without tour backing.
•Selected to participate in the nationally acclaimed Deep Roots Project
•Selected to participate in the Armed Forces Entertainment program


Legionnaires' Disease (Sep. 2005) - LP
All The Great Aviators Agree (May 2008) - LP
We Will Be Forgotten (Winter 2009) - LP

Set List

3 solid hours of original material, more with covers added.

Set List :

Legionnaires' Disease
Don't Get so Heavy
Bruise Tattoo
Dirty ol' Waltz
Venice These Days
When You Cried
Count on Me
Fall Hard
Sun Years
Spanish Dust
1000 Roads
Always Cherry
Rasputin and Me
5 Years in Nashville
Washing Over Me
Dirty Old Town (traditional)
The Distance
A Woman's Way
Drunk Girl
Okie from Muskogie (Merle Haggard)
Wear Your Love Like Iron
Heart of Rome
Wounded Horse (XTC cover)
Delta Dive
What I Like
Something New
Smile Christine
The Garvey Blues
Benton City Compromise
Everybody Knows
We Will Be Forgotten
Rock Solid
Mexican Blanket
Heart Floats On
Devils Blood
The Night Hank Williams Came to Town (Johnny Cash)
Powder Finger (Neil Young)
She's Happy
The Burden
Saving Grace