The Driftwood Singers

The Driftwood Singers

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

"Listening to the Driftwood Singers makes you feel like you're ambling down a dusty country road toward something that might not exist anymore. This lo-fi folk duo of Pearl Charles and Kris Hutson writes foreboding, bluesy love ballads laden with longing nostalgia." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

Biography

The Driftwood Singers unassumingly take the stage and sing songs that could have been written ages ago but were more likely written in the last few weeks. Just barely in their 20's The Driftwood Singers are prolific writers immersed in the folk tradition building on songs and stories that at their heart are observations of the human condition in all it’s gruesome variations and beautiful splendor.

Constantly on the road since beginning the band nearly two years ago at the age of 19, playing all over the country and Canada, The Driftwood Singers are quite a surprising contrast to what one might expect from two kids born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles. They prove that one can love the Carter Family and traditional music and still be firmly in the present with songs as vibrant and alive as any we’ve heard and an attitude that embraces the anti-elitist and DIY ethos of the punks we love

Their debut, 5-song EP, Look! beautifully exemplifies their determination. After experimenting with some big studios and becoming frustrated with the intervals of multi-tracking and the stale output of Protools, they decided one night to pare everything down to its stark essence and begin recording it on a Sony Walkman which they did by laying it on their living room table and pressing record. What’s captured is the immediacy of their performances and what they call “the transparency of sound”.

How can you go wrong with songs of death and hope, murder and love, lechery and splendor, transcendence and cruelty and all points in between! We’re looking forward to being a part The Driftwood Singers story as it winds it’s way through the hills, hollers, canyons and caves out of the shadows of the blue ridge mountains of Pocahontas, West Virginia to wide open starlit skies of Joshua Tree, California.

Lyrics

On My Merry Way

Written By: Kris Hutson (The Driftwood Singers)

I'm on my merry way from this heartbroke bitter quarrel
to my place o'er the tranquil plains
to my single girl, to be born anew
Ne'er again to speak your name

so don't you come back
don't you come back
I have run to another
overjoyed for I am free
I'm gonna meet my girl
I'm gonna meet my true sweetheart
on carriage in Kansas City

I'm on my merry way to the Paris of the Plains
with my mild charm and my hat
to a Christian girl so fair where I'll remain
ain't gonna bother with where your at

so don't you come back
don't you come back
I have run to another
overjoyed for I am free
I'm gonna meet my girl
I'm gonna meet my true sweetheart
on carriage in Kansas City

Rock my soul and ring my bell, I've said my peace
this old affliction be put to bed
and if our paths should cross again please be wary
to another I'll be wed

so don't you come back
don't you come back
I have run to another
overjoyed for I am free
I'm gonna meet my girl
I'm gonna meet my true sweetheart
on carriage in Kansas City

Sweet & Softly

Written By: Kris Hutson (The Driftwood Singers)

Sweet and Softly, I've been calling and it's finally come from above
Since our eyes met, we've been falling and we're settling down in our love

Yodel

Our love could never die but our bodies sure can, so let's make the best of our time

After spending long nights, as I'm closing my eyes with his warm gentle breath on my neck
I dream a little heaven where no one else can have him, where we'll lay as we are in my nest

Yodel

Our love could never die but our bodies sure can, so let's make the best of our time

Yodel

Our love could never die but our bodies sure can, so let's make the best of our time

Days I Took the Dirt

Written By: Kris Hutson (The Driftwood Singers)

My only true love and I walked 'long the shore
I'd asked for her hand, it was hasty she swore
I tried once again but my pleas were ignored
I wondered if it was still me she adored

My sweetheart was blissful and I knew she was mine
But jealousy had turned my weak heart awry
and sure that our union had met its demise
I cast it to sea and I started to cry

I watched my love ride away with the wind
the higher it climbed the more broke up I'd get
cause I kept the guilt of the ugliest sin
sitting idly by when I could have caught it

Some days I stood and some days I fell down
Some days my boots stuck like roots in the ground
Some days I wrestled the mighty sea down
Some days I should have just let myself drown

Took the dirt from my nails and the spit from my teeth
Took the Gospel of John and a color TV
I knew that the only way I could be free
Was to build me a home in the stone by the sea

Come Across the Tracks

Written By: Kris Hutson (The Driftwood Singers)

Where you going my sweet girl
With your lips puckered and hair in curls
Coming o'er to sit down and lay it on
Or going to old haney's
You know I heard a mile down the road
That sinful dirge come to take it's hold
Don't play the fool on me maybeline
I can hear them whispering

"Won't you come across the tracks tonight,
Won't you come across the tracks tonight,
Won't you come across the tracks tonight"

Can't say I'm a man of the strongest will
But this light of mine is burning still
The brass, and the march and the ebon' keys
Surely are the mark of the beast

"Won't you come across the tracks tonight
Won't you come across the tracks tonight"
Oh my to look at my darling
Swaying side to side
The wicked pull of rock and roll
Has taken what is mine

I've come to see it by and by
His name on every '45
Every Christian home that has dimmed it's lights
Will lose one more to the night

"Won't you come across the tracks tonight
Won't you come across the tracks tonight"
Oh my to look at my darling
Swaying side to side
The wicked pull of rock and roll
Has taken what is mine
"Won't you come across the tracks tonight
Won't you come across the tracks tonight"

Coco Ellis

Written By: Kris Hutson (The Driftwood Singers)

Coco Ellis you burned a hole so deep, that I can’t sleep
Take your bony fingers from my knees
I hope the air between your lips attacks your teeth everytime you breathe
And when the sizzle numbs your jaw please think of me

Did you ever fall in love as easily as your heavy arms fell
While I used my dirty hair to wash your feet and kissed your ankles
tenderly
I’ll just powder up my face and leave to draw a bath so I can
Rub the lye and oatmeal soap to clean the buttonhooks you left in me

Coco Ellis you sow what you reap, you keep it close and weak
I’m gonna cut those venom kisses from my cheeks
And I don’t believe in ghosts but I know they speak and they never cease
To keep my flippin’ head from finding peace

Did you ever fall in love as easily as your heavy arms fell
While I used my dirty hair to wash your feet and kissed your ankles
tenderly
I’ll just powder up my face and leave to draw a bath so I can
Rub the lye and oatmeal soap to clean the buttonhooks you left in me

Coco Ellis you swept me off my feet with your sugar treats
I wished I’d never swallowed from your teat
And when the air has left my lips and I can sleep long six feet deep
You’ll hook another stranger just like me

Discography

Grammy-nominated musician, David Mayfield produces debut, full-length self titled album.
Release date: June 12th, 2012

LA based label, Trailer Fire, to release forthcoming 7" featuring "I Don't Live Here Anymore" and "If I Take That Notion" in May 2012

Look! - EP released November 9th, 2010

Featured on KCRW's "The Lab" for the song "Tennessee Honey"

Featured artist on Music City Roots, KDVX's Blue Plate Special, 11 O'Clock Rock

Weekly Editor's Show Pick in the SF Bay Guardian, SFist and Flavorpill

Featured on the NoDepression.com Homepage for the song "Coco Ellis"
Featured on the NoDepression.com Homepage for the song "Come Across the Tracks"
Featured on the NoDepression.com Homepage for the song "Lakes of Missouri"
Featured on the NoDepression.com Homepage for the song "Sweet & Softly"
Featured and interviewed on Pirate Cat Radio 87.9FM's Torrential Dissonance
Featured and interviewed on WNYU Radio 89.1FM's Talkin' Folk City
Featured and interviewed on CHUO Radio 89.1FM's Hop The Fence
Played on KXLU 88.9FM's Demolisten and KXLU 88.9FM's Mass Nerder
Played on KUCI 88.9FM's Howdylicious!
Played on M3 Radio, KTSW, WMTS, KXUA, WLFM,
WSUP, WMHD, WMCX, KMSU, WMFO,
KANM, KAOS, WVAU, KSCL, WLOY,
WBOR, The Growl, WUSC, WXDU, KBGA,
KTRU, WVUM, WRSU, WMPG, WIDB
Featured and interviewed on Dublab Future.Roots.Radio
Featured on Daytime Ottawa on Rogers TV

Opened for Scott Biram, Frank Fairfield, Eleni Mandell and Pete Molinari
Featured on a Carter Family Tribute compilation with Pete Stampfel, Calvin Johnson and Kimya Dawson
Sponsored by Oscar Schmidt Autoharps

Set List

We have a flexible set that can vary depending on the needs of the gig. We cover classic country as well as do original songs in the same, classic style. We typically play a 35-45 minute set but can play for well over 2 hours.