Song-By-Song with The Farewell Drifters

The Farewell Drifters have decided to use video introduce the music from their upcoming CD, Yellow Tag Mondays. They will drop one each week leading up to the album’s June 8 release.

Here’s the first, for River Song. This one has special meaning for Zach Bevill, as the video explains – one that takes on an even more pressing significance with the river in question having flooded its bank this week.

Zach said that the house was spared the brunt of the flooding, but that some of his neighbors fared less well. He included a couple photos from just up the block.

“The ‘bluegrass compound,’ as it’s come to be known, is fine! It’s on a very tall bluff of about 80 or 90 feet. We’ve had multiple people from the bluegrass community in town call to check on the house, because members of the Stringdusters, the Grascals, and other songwriters, etc. have all lived here at one time or another. The house had its name long before we lived here.

The water came up higher than ever, though, of course, and many of our neighbors further down the street were not as fortunate.  Some still have their houses underwater. The water has slowly been receding, and we have spent the past two days hauling out furniture, tearing up carpets, and ferrying folks to their houses via canoe. Our neighbors have joked that the next pre-order bundle we announce will include three Drifters to clean out your house and help you move furniture!

There were a couple looters spotted right near here, and so our neighborhood set up a schedule of volunteers to keep an eye on the open flooded houses at night. I was in a canoe on patrol the other night from 2-5 am, and last night from 11 pm-2 am. Being out there at night is actually a very peaceful, and certainly surreal experience as I paddle between my neighbors houses.”

In addition to the Nashville Red Cross, here are a few other organizations who are providing emergency assistance on the ground. They could all use your financial support.

You can pre-order a copy of Yellow Tag Mondays online, choosing among a number of pre-release package specials.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Jon Weisberger

    Nice song, nice video. FYI, we started calling it the Bluegrass Compound at the beginning of 2005, when I moved into one house (previously occupied by Dave Talbot) and Andy Hall into the other (previously occupied by Matt Combs).

  • aburtch

    I’m excited to see the Farewell Drifters utilize the track-a-week via video marketing approach for their new album. It’s a very effective way of building awareness and hopefully buzz around the release.

    The Avett Brothers used this method very successfully for their recent “I and Love and You” and I thought it would be a good technique for other bands to use.

    Plus you get insights from the band on the specific songs and a taste of what they sound like.

    Great job to the Drifters and the marketing people behind them who encouraged them to take this approach.