THE DEER RUN DRIFTERS 2015 COLORADO TOUR
Rocky Mountain Artists is very pleased to announce a late spring season Colorado tour for THE DEER RUN DRIFTERS out of Floyd, VA, an outstanding up and coming Americana/bluegrass act. The band just released their new album “Restless Youth” in May and will be touring nationally behind the album for the rest of 2015 including the upcoming Colorado dates.
You can check out the band in Colorado this May and June at the following dates:
5/27 (Wed) – Zio’s Alley Bar – Denver, CO
5/28 (Thu) – Stem Ciders – Denver, CO
5/30 (Sat) – The Big Wonderful – Denver, CO
5/31 (Sun) – Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids – Longmont, CO
6/4 (Thu) – Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO
6/5 (Fri) – Ullr’s Tavern – Winter Park, CO
6/6 (Sat) – The Big Wonderful – Denver, CO
6/7 (Sun day) – Cactus Jack’s – Evergreen, CO
6/7 (Sun eve) – Mountain Sun Brewery – Boulder, CO
6/10 (Wed) – Cruisers – Grand Junction, CO
6/11 (Thu) – Currents – Salida, CO
6/12 (Fri) – Black Nugget – Carbondale, CO
6/13 (Sat) – The Eldo – Crested Butte, CO
6/14 (Sun) – Vail Brewing – Vail, CO
6/17 (Wed) – Steamboat Smokehouse – Steamboat Springs, CO
6/18 (Thu) – High Alpine Brewing – Gunnison, CO
6/19 (Fri) – Tommyknocker Tavern – Creede, CO
6/20 (Sat) – Vail Brewing – Vail, CO
What do you get when you take two sets of brothers, the broken remnants of an unheard Alt-Country band, and the skills of a veteran bassist? Is it countless cases of beer? Maybe it’s endless amounts of broken guitar strings, or perhaps more simply, it’s those late night practices in an empty wood shed knowing you have to drag your ass into work the next morning. Well, it’s all of those things. More importantly, it’s the perfect combination of those things. It’s none other than a genuine love for music that has forged The Deer Run Drifters. With one half of the band influenced by the sounds and lyrics of Alt-Country, and the other half deeply rooted in a more modern folk, The Deer Run Drifters have quickly carved themselves out a perfect spot in Americana music.
Nearly four years ago after their recent musical venture had fallen through, Chris Link and Shane Edgell were left busking on the streets of Floyd, Virginia. The two had nothing more than a guitar and a banjo, a few old-time covers and a handful of originals penned by Link. All it took was a few passers-by to stop and lend an ear and the rest is history. From that day forward, what is now known as The Deer Run Drifters started taking form. The band is composed of Chris Link (guitar, vocals), Joe Link (mandolin), Shane Edgell (banjo), Sean Edgell (guitar, harmonica), and Will Norton (Bass). In May of 2012 on a goose-neck trailer stage, The Deer Run Drifters made their debut In Willis, Virginia, for the first ever Talford Rodeo. Fast forward to 2015, the band has over 200 shows beneath its belt, has traveled up and down the East Coast, has been in every dive bar Virginia has to offer and has successfully released their debut album, Appalachian Blues.
Appalachian Blues has gained the band local acclaim for its collection of sad stories and rootsy instrumentals. Link utilizes weathered and often heartbreaking lyrics fused with his “high and lonesome” twang to draw listeners in. There’s desperation in his voice that’s both alluring and bleeds honesty. However, it’s the clever arrangements and focus on dynamics that brings this band to life. They have a knack for showcasing the lyrics of each song and reinforcing them with the music. It’s not uncommon to hear an eerie 4-string banjo roll over top of a wailing harmonica or over driven Mandolin within the mix, only to be tied perfectly together by Norton’s foot tapping bass lines.
The band has found itself gearing up for the release of its second full-length album, Restless Youth. With the new addition of percussion and a rockin’ electric guitar, the record is the first step in a new direction for the band. “We wanted to stay true to our roots as we did with our first album,” said Link. “But, at the same time we wanted to intertwine some of the music we’ve grown up on. The new record, all the way down to the writing process, has been much more of a collaboration among all of us. I think this collection of songs has captured who we are perfectly.”
Restless Youth continues what the band is known for: themes of life, heartbreak, and of course drunken mishaps. With the band’s new sound in place, it creates something that represents their intent perfectly. The Deer Run Drifters are here, and ready to take 2015 by storm.