Black River Drifters



Black River Drifters offer 
Canadian take on Americana

New Winnipeg-based band to release southern-tinged album on March 20


Winnipeg, February 1, 2015 — The term ‘Americana’ sounds like it belongs south of the border, but Black River Drifters—a new five-piece band from Winnipeg—is about to contribute their interpretation to the Canadian music landscape. 

With a penchant for tales of hardship and historical misdeeds, the band draws on elements from country, rock, folk, and blues. Influences include contemporary acts like Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams, legends like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr, southern rock pioneers like the Allman Brothers, and Canadian giants Blue Rodeo.

For the past year the band has been hunkered down in the studio, working on an entirely self-produced collection of southern-tinged Americana/roots music. Entitled ‘Hearts Gone Cold’, the album blends vocal harmony, acoustic and electric guitar, slide, pedal steel, accordion, banjo, organ, cajon and drums.

Although the ingredients are traditional, the resulting sound evokes distinctively dark, lush imagery from North American history and the band members' own storied lives. The first single will be "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run", based on a true story of a madman who terrorized Cleveland in the 1930s.

The album release party will be held at at a Maw’s, a new live music venue and beer hall in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange district, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM. For more information, visit



Leo Kopelow
204 899 8406


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