Black River Drifters

AMERICANA FROM CANADA

Winnipeg fivesome hits the alt-country trail with stories of love, relationships and outlaws. Very good, very low-down …★★★★.
— The Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Back-road ramblers that deliver a good swift punch to the ears…enough honesty and solid playing to carry you through a lazy Sunday afternoon
— Exclaim! Magazine

BRD is an original Americana/roots rock band from Winnipeg. They draw on rock, folk and blues to create a gritty and widely appealing new sound. Influences include Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers, Blue Rodeo,  Ryan Adams and Hank III .

They've enjoyed recent coverage by CBC, Folk Alliance, Americana Music News and Twang Nation. Exclaim! described them as "back-road ramblers that deliver a good swift punch to the ears". The Winnipeg Free Press said their "hard folk sound and darker lyrical subject matter reveals a mature feel...a whole new realm of listenability." 

BRD recently released their debut album, recorded in a studio they built themselves. The collection blends vocal harmony, acoustic and electric guitar, slide, pedal steel, accordion, banjo, organ, and percussion. Although the ingredients are traditional, the result is distinct. It evokes dark, lush images drawn from history and the band members' own lives.

 

The album release show was among CBC's "Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend". The first review is glowing. The Winnipeg Free Press said the band "could spring to the top of the heap right quick".

The first single will be "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run". It's a dark tale based on a true story of a madman who terrorized Cleveland in the 1930s.

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Stirs up dark spirits of bygone days, drenched in liquor from rusty stills. Good stuff.
— Bryan Kehoe (Alice in Chains, Duo De Twang with Les Claypool)
Could spring to the top of the heap right quick…hard folk sound and darker lyrical subject matter reveals a mature feel, something a lot of locals miss…a whole new realm of listenability.
— Jeff Monk, Winnipeg Free Press
They rolled in on a snowy night and kept us warm with their grooving rhythms and genuine Americana feel
— Luc Joyal, Fionn MacCools

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