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 have been a long-time fan and user of the Bandcamp platform. They have always advocated for progressive causes and finding ways of supporting the arts. This Friday, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their sales to the Transgender Law Center. Please join me and the myriad artists – queer, trans, and beyond – to raise awareness and fight against transphobia. I will be donating 100% of my cut from sales as well.
I’ll be strumming some tunes this coming Sunday, July 30th at the lovely Adobe Books in San Francisco. You can look forward to expansive music from both Ambronia (on tour from PDX) and local faves Dire Wolves. Hope you can make it!
Greetings! Happy to be sharing a night of exploratory guitar-centered music at Hemlock Tavern with the duo Elkhorn (on tour in support of their excellent new album ‘The Black River’ on Debacle Records) and fellow guitar explorer Matt Baldwin. Should be a great line-up! I suggest you tune in ) ) )
Hey folks! I’ll be playing some music in Oakland this Saturday hosted by the wonderful Land And Sea press who, in addition to publishing beautiful small edition books, also operate a multipurpose space for art and music events. It should be a lovely evening of exploratory acoustic and electric music. Hope you can make it!
I wrote this sketch the day after going to the San Francisco’s women’s march, one of many that took place alongside the Women’s March on Washington January 21, 2017. Thousands upon thousands of people spanning every generation, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class came together to march in solidarity for equality, unity, and love. It was the largest demonstration simultaneously exercised around the globe on a single day in history. The experience inspired a deep sense of hope that I had not felt for a long while. This music is an attempt at capturing that feeling as it lingered.
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” – Rosa Parks