The Drews

The Drews

 Tahuya, Washington, USA
DuoAmericanaAlternative

Americana with Twisted Roots

Biography

"Then there are the times
You think you'll lose your mind,
But you don't,
And then you're walking through the world
With your heart in your hand,
Free once again..."
---The Drews, "Stairwells"

The Drews are songwriting team and life partners Andrew and Jen DiMartino, who hail from from Tahuya, WA, on the beautiful Hood Canal.

Andrew was a teenage runaway in Washington Square when he overheard Dave van Ronk giving a guitar lesson.  He spent the next few years with an acoustic guitar and as many folk recordings he could find.  Shrapnel from the Great Folk Scare can be found in every Drews song.

Multi-instrumentalist Jen (bass keyboard, congas, bongos, accordion) is an artistic wanderer, her musical journey ranging from rock to theatre to latin percussion, and eventually back to her Southern roots.

Shortly after migrating from LA to the Seattle area, Andrew heard Jen playing bongos on a beach, and The Drews were born.  After playing the Seattle club scene in many incarnations from acoustic duo to a full band with as many as 9 members at one time, their sound evolved to the quirky, no-frills, Basic Unit A approach they have now. 

With 2 critically acclaimed recordings and a fan base throughout the US and Europe, The Drews were poised to take over the world when fate intervened, and Andrew was dealt a series of medical blows that left him fighting for his life for several years.

The music kept playing, however, and Andrew has emerged from those years with more determination than ever.  The Drews are still writing songs, one of which was recently picked up by a movie (Bayard Wootten - The Big Stride), and are recording and playing out again - with more stories to tell, and their basic acoustic sound that endures, as they have.

"Think of a bunch of good old boys sitting on the porch passing around the jug labeled XXX and you can feel the atmosphere a little bit better" -- Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck, Muzikreviews.com and Blues Matters (UK)

"Head-turning, no frills music that's full of chance-taking and imagination." Gary von Tersh, Sing Out!

"These roots sure are twisted, but there's a place on the tree for everyone." -- Joelle Seligson, leftoffthedial.com

Lyrics

Lucky Ones

Written By: A. DiMartino/J. DiMartino

Won't be jumping off no buildings
Won't be blowing out my brains
I'll keep on doing what I'm doing
And I'll die just the same

CHORUS:
We'll be the lucky ones
Pass me that bottle, I'll put down my guns
I'll drink to you, you'll drink to me
What lucky ones we'll be

Busting down doors, kicking out teeth
Life's so expensive when death comes so cheap
Oh, but my love gives me sweet relief
I'm lucky that way

Repeat CHORUS
We'll be the lucky ones
Pass me that bottle, I'll put down my guns
I'll drink to you, you'll drink to me
What lucky ones we'll be

I took your advice, I eat red beans and rice
I bought me a dog and I got me a vice
Oh, I guess that's just the price
The lucky ones pay


Repeat CHORUS
We'll be the lucky ones
Pass me that bottle, I'll put down my guns
I'll drink to you, you'll drink to me
What lucky ones we'll be


Rain falls in sheets on these grey streets
It starts and it stops and it always repeats
There's a parade coming and I got great seats
I'm lucky that way

Repeat CHORUS 2x
We'll be the lucky ones
Pass me that bottle, I'll put down my guns
I'll drink to you, you'll drink to me
What lucky ones we'll be

Discography

The Sins Of Others
Strategically Interrupted Silence

Set List

45-50 minute set consisting of all original songs from our 2 full length CDs