Another release from 2010 that we wanted to note is Stronger Every Day from Driftwood, a Kentucky quartet with strong family roots.
The band was founded by brothers Scott and Charles Fields, and named in honor of their father, Wayne. Fields senior had fronted the group Wayne Fields and Driftwood, composed entirely of family members, until his mother-in-law passed away some years ago. Scott plays guitar and sings lead, with brother Charles on bass, Terry Wolfe on banjo, and Danny Barnes on mandolin.
Aside from strong performances throughout, the most notable aspect of Stronger Every Day is the original material. Seven of the album’s 12 tracks were written by Scott Fields, along with three more from Ileen Huddleston, a Fields family friend whose songs have been part of the Driftwood repertoire since the earliest days.
Stronger Every Day shows a well-balanced group with strong vocals and a polished band sound. All of the music is solidly within the contemporary bluegrass mainstream, showing a group likely to make quite a mark in time to come.