Black River Drifters


Country album of the year
— jeff monk, winnipeg free press (2018)

Three years of blood, sweat and tears have gone into Black River Drifters second album. We hope you'll enjoy it and might consider reviewing it. There are three ways to listen:

OPTION 1: Use the Soundcloud player below
OPTION 2: Click here to listen on Spotify
OPTION 3: Click here to download the full album as MP3s


Drive by Feel is the second album from Winnipeg-based Roots/Americana band Black River Drifters. The band features principal songwriter Don Norman on vocals and acoustic guitar, Ryan Cyr on vocals and drums, Leo Kopelow on lead guitar, and Kevin Morin on bass.

The new 11-song collection boasts contributions from many talented Winnipeg musicians including Emma Cloney and Dale Brown of The New Customs and Andrew Littleford and Joel Green from the Dirty Catfish Brass Band. Todd Hunter was executive producer. Please click here to view detailed credits.

Drive by Feel is available digitally now on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and many other digital music outlets. The physical CD will be released on Saturday May 5 at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club in Winnipeg, where the band will be joined by a number of exciting guests.

For additional information please view the Black River Drifters EPK or contact Don Norman at

about the songwriter

Don Norman is a singer, guitar player and songwriter who grew up in the 70s and 80s immersed in punk rock like The Clash and Social Distortion, and 70s-era staples like The Band, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons. Today that gritty foundation is apparent in his work with Black River Drifters, the roots/Americana project that has been the vehicle for his story-driven songs for the past four years. Each line from his pen is packed with heartfelt pain, genuine humour, or the harrowing and often entertaining twists and turns of personal misadventure or historical misdeeds. Drawing comparisons with Jason Isbell, Hayes Carll and Marty Robbins, Don has earned a well-respected spot in the rugged landscape of Canadian roots music the hard way — through real work and blood, sweat and tears.



‘These Chains I'm In’ will be the first single and video. A press-only rough cut of the video can be viewed below. This is for background only, please do not publicize this version of the video as it is not yet final.

Praise for Black River Drifters’ first album

A whole new realm of listenability
— Jeff Monk, Winnipeg Free Press
Dark spirits of bygone days, good stuff
— Bryan Kehoe (Alice in Chains, Les Claypool)
Very good, very low-down …★★★★
— The Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Back-road ramblers that deliver a good swift punch to the ears
— Exclaim! Magazine

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