The Drift are an instrumental band based in San Francisco California comprised of Danny Paul Grody (guitar/keys), Rich Douthit (drums), and Trevor Montgomery (bass). Their music draws upon elements of dub, rock, minimalism, and abstract leanings that combine to create a sound uniquely their own.
Since forming in 2002 the band has released two full lengths with their third on the way and a host of singles to critical acclaim. They have toured extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Over those years the band has had the honor of working with upright bassist Safa Shokrai (2005-08) and trumpet player Jeff Jacobs who joined shortly after the band formed in 2003. Jeff succumbed to a long and courageous battle with cancer in early January 2011. The dedication he gave to music and the band’s development was paramount. He will be greatly missed, but his light shines eternally.
I don’t normally share video of me playing out ideas, but for some reason this past Sunday I decided to capture a moment and share it with folks.
I was feeling the heaviness of the world… a heaviness that contained the full spectrum of emotions – hope, love, fear, sadness etc. As is often the case, when I’m having strong feelings I play music. It provides a space to reflect and ultimately lighten the load. My hope is this little ditty can bring some respite, even if only for a brief moment, to your day.
I’m very honored to have contributed a track to the latest Geographic North Halloween-themed series, Don’t Look Now. Aside from being stunningly curated, 100% of the album sales will go directly to youthSpark, an Atlanta-based non-profit working directly with at-risk youth in an effort to protect them from exploitation, abuse, and trafficking in the Southwestern US.
Available as a limited cassette with die-cut, interchangeable sleeves or as a download here.
I never know how useful it is to post day-of reminders but here goes anyway….
Very excited to be sharing a bill with my longtime friend and Bay Area alum, Christopher Willits at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts to round out the For the Sake of Summer series co-presented by Noise Pop, Canyon Cinema, and Roxie Theatre. The series is in conjunction with Ragnar Kjartansson’s exhibition: Scenes from Western Culture. Doors 6:30/music begins at 7p – FREE (RSVP is recommended).
I’m happy to share news of a few exciting upcoming shows…
The first of which will take place in Columbia, Missouri presented by the folks behind excellent film and music festival True/ False. They put on a summer event called ‘Boone Dawdle’ that brings together film, music, biking, food, and nature. I’ll be playing a couple dates while there:
Revisiting this ditty recorded back in January, 2017 after attending the Women’s March in SF. Listening back, I am reminded of the hope that day inspired for me and countless others who chose to resist an administration that seeks to divide rather than bring together.
As many Americans celebrate their independence today, let’s remember all those systematically being denied the opportunity to make a life in this country… we can do better than this!
Hope this tune can bring a little brightness to your day and inspire you to keep pushing back against the insanity…
Greetings astral travelers! I have a couple exciting summer shows coming up in San Francisco that I hope you can attend:
Sunday, June 24th @ Cafe Du Nord w/ Immersion (Colin Newman of Wire And Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact)
Thursday, August 23rd @ McEvoy Foundation for the Arts w/ Christopher Willits as part of the “For the Sake of Summer” series put on by Noise Pop/Canyon Cinema in conjunction with Ragnar Kjartansson’s “Scenes From Western Culture”. FREE! (reserve advance tickets here, as space is limited)
In other (more personal) news, I’m officially a father of a beautiful healthy daughter. She is an incredible force of nature and by far one of my greatest teachers thus far! Life is sweet ❤️
It’s an incredible honor to announce I’ll be playing The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose coming up April 13-15. The festival takes place in Takoma Park, MD (hometown of John Fahey) and brings together rare appearances of luminaries such as Peter Lang, Harry Taussig, and Peter Walker alongside younger players expanding on the rich lineage of American primitive guitar. In addition to live music, there will also be panel discussions, previously unseen live footage of artists like the late great Jack Rose, and the D.C. premier of documentary Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho. To learn more about the festival and it’s inspiration, check out this excellent feature.
I hope you can make it to this very special event!
6:30 PM Rob Noyes @ Rhizome
7:20 PM Matt Sowell @ Rhizome
7:30 PM Will Csorba @ Takoma Beverage Company
8:20 PM Max Ochs @ Takoma Beverage Company
8:30 PM (Pass Holders Only) Lloyd Thayer @ Allyworld
9:20 PM (Pass Holders Only) Charlie Schmidt @ Allyworld
9:30 PM Joseph Allred @ Busboys and Poets
10:20 PM David Shapiro @ Busboys and Poets
10:30 PM Alexander Turnquist @ Republic
11:20 PM Chuck Johnson @ Republic
Events in the Community Center are for pass holders only:
11:30 AM Nick Schillace
12:30 PM Panel Discussion
3:00 PM Rare John Fahey, Jack Rose Footage
5:30 PM Sarah Louise
6:20 PM Willie Lane
7:10 PM Peter Walker
8:30 PM Glenn Jones
9:20 PM George Stavis
10:10 PM Marisa Anderson
The following Saturday performances are public: 1:00 PM Danny Paul Grody @ Carroll Café
1:50 PM Dylan Golden Aycock @ Carroll Café
3:40 PM Don Bikoff @ Takoma Park Gazebo
4:30 PM Mark Fosson @ Takoma Park Gazebo
In the Community Center:
10:30 AM Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho
12:00 PM Discussion with the Director, Liam Barker.
2:00 PM Itasca (Kayla Cohen)
2:50 PM Daniel Bachman
3:40 PM Nathan Bowles
4:30 PM Is@s@
6:00 PM Rich Osborn
6:50 PM Harry Taussig
7:40 PM Peter Lang