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Having garnered a plethora of high-praising quotables from publications across the country, a Top
10 Billboard bluegrass debut and nationwide tours, The Farewell Drifters have persuaded a legion of
faithful followers with their charming indie acoustic-pop approach. Infusing their snazzy string outfit
with Beach Boy-inspired harmonies and Simon & Garfunkel-type songwriting, the nashville-based
boys’ newest record Yellow Tag Mondays (Heart Squeeze/Thirty Tigers) is sure to transition the band
from “independent” to “major label” quickly.
CCM: yellow Tag Mondays incorporates a hybrid of influences. How would you define the sound of
The farewell Drifters?
zach Bevill: Acoustic folk-pop with a lot of energy. We combine acoustic instruments with the
harmonic and melodic sensibilities common in 60s pop music. We love catchy melodies and sunny
CCM: was this modernization of bluegrass intentional or just a part of the band’s maturation?
zach: We had this vision to create music with acoustic instruments that would break pre-conceptions
and bring a sense of melody and pop to the music. We have always wanted people to say, “I would
never have listened to any kind of fiddle music, but I dig what you guys do.”
CCM: Being mainly independent is no easy task. how does the group keep morale boosted during the
inevitable ups and downs?
zach: We are best friends. It’s light-hearted a lot, so even when it gets rough it’s not long before
someone makes everyone laugh. There’s a lot of love in this band.
CCM: as Christians, what role does faith play in your music?
zach: We are who we are and we try to be honest in our music—part of that means not taking out a
line or idea because it is essentially Christian. People have a lot more in common than we realize and
our struggles, hopes and perspectives can resonate with people regardless of their beliefs. Faith also
plays into the lifestyle we lead on the road and hopefully the way we interact with people—promot-
ers, fans, etc. Remembering who we are is an important thing for us.
— Andrew Greer
The act: The Choir (Yes, the same Choir
from the Rock section)
The site: www.thechoir.net
The sound: Indie folk-rock
The Buzz: After a five-year silence, the
Grammy-nominated band of industry
legends returns with their 12th studio
recording, Burning Like the Midnight
Sun—available physically through their
website and live shows and digitally
The act: Swimming with Dolphins
The site: www.myspace.com/
The sound: Ambient electronic-pop
The Buzz: As the latest Tooth & nail
signing, former Owl City frontman,
Austin Tofte, is independent no longer.
His latest outfit, inspired by the ocean
and America’s lakes, records their first
full-length this summer.
The act: Camera Can’t Lie
The site: www.cameracantlie.com
The sound: Trendy pop-rock
The Buzz: Having toured with Jason
Castro in support of their latest EP, Not
Everyone Leaves, the Midwest band
gears up for their full-length debut,
produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse),
releasing in the coming year.
The Farewell Drifters