October 06, 2011
Last week we had the great opportunity to do a couple of shows on Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party Tour" and it was really the first time we got to see a multiple city operation like that work from night to night. We were the first of three acts (Corey Smith was second) so we had the chance to watch the load in, set up and sound check of a lot of instruments, production and staging, etc. It also meant some gear jealousy, equipment envy and conversations amongst us as to how they manage it all. Students of the game as we like to say.
Tired of bands that seem to only exist because of a hit single? Ready for a band that is natural and totally cohesive in their approach to music? Meet The Dirt Drifters — a road-tested country/rock group whose existence gives hope to the future integrity of the genre. This is a band you’ll want to download entire albums from, not just hit singles. This Is My Blood is their debut album, and it is no less
The Dirt Drifters This is My Blood was chosen as Rhapsody's album of the day! See what they had to say about it from start to finish and what songs were their favorites below or in the orginal article here!
Bon Jovi's working-class grit settles all over this Nashville country-rock band's debut. That's a compliment. These raucous, pedal-steel-and-distortion-pedal anthems highlight both economic and romantic scarcity -- how both your buddy getting a part-time job and your girl sleeping with your best friend are proof that there's "Always a Reason" to drink.
Most of the time spent on the road is just sitting around killing time. Occasionally, you get to do some fun stuff. Last week we played in Amarillo, TX at a county fair and we started the day off with lunch at the Big Texan which has a 70 oz steak. Nobody was really feeling up to that task so we just watched another guy try the challenge...he failed. Then we headed back over to the venue and after soundcheck we walked around for a little while until we found the one tourist thing we couldn't say no to.
A blue-collar authenticity all too often missing from contemporary country music flows through “This Is My Blood,” the long-delayed, worth-the-wait debut album from The Dirt Drifters.
Like many major-label country bands, the Drifters — Moore natives Matt Fleener (lead vocals/guitar) and his brother Ryan Fleener (vocals/guitar), New Jersey-bred Jeff Middleton (vocals/guitar), Tennessee-raised Jeremy Little (bass) and Louisiana-born Nick Diamond (drums) — mingle heartland rock, honky-tonk
Hey there folks,
Well, as you hopefully know last week our debut CD This Is My Blood hit stores nationwide. I can't tell you how excited we are about this. Personally I can remember going to record stores back home in LA picking up CD's and hoping I could play on a real record one day. Well, not only has that come true, but I also wrote some of the songs on it. I am truly blessed. It's been a long road and I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for my parents instilling the drive and ambition in me to never give up on anything. Thanks Mom and Dad.
Posted by webcrewSeptember 20, 2011
Engine 145 recently sat down with Jeff Middleton of The Dirt Drifters to discuss all things music, Willie Nelson and the 'Give Blood' campaign. See what he had to say below or check out the original article here!
The Dirt Drifters have recently made headlines with one of the more unique marketing moves Music Row has seen in recent years. The band distributed 30,000 copies of their debut, digital-only album, This Is My Blood, as a way of building their fanbase. The “Give Blood” initiative presented concertgoers with an exclusive: a pair of physical copies, one to keep and one to share.
Last Tuesday we celebrated our record release with our friends and family in Nashville! We had a great time. It’s crazy to think that almost 12 years ago, Ryan and I moved to Nashville with four thousand bucks. Now we have a record out! I want to send a thank you to anyone out there that has helped us or believed in us. This record is for
you, just as much as it is for us. Although the music biz sucks ass sometimes, we can’t complain, cause there are a lot of artists out there that don’t get to make music the way they want to. Cris Lacy…thank you.
We hope to see you guys soon on the road and
The Dirt Drifters want to make more than a good first impression with country fans. They want to make some new blood brothers and sisters.
Their debut album, This Is My Blood, arrived on Tuesday (Sept. 13), and they're celebrating by giving away 30,000 copies. (Call it the infomercial approach: "Act now, and they'll throw in a juicer!" Just kidding.) With 10 songs written or co-written by the band and a guest vocal by Willie Nelson, the album benefits from a working-man's approach to songwriting and touches on dead-end jobs, family life, a changing world and, of course, cold beer.