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Low Tide Drifters write real songs about real people with a Pacific Northwest flavor. The band's latest release New Hard Time Blues showcases the well-crafted songs that have gained the Eugene, Oregon based group a loyal and rapidly growing audience. From stories about immigration, international labor rights, and surviving hard times to poetic explorations of loss, longing, and childhood, the band's first full length album is guaranteed to please various audiences.
Influenced by a wide range of artists, Low Tide Drifters weave together a variety of folk, blues, bluegrass, and contemporary singer-songwriter styles. The title track “New Hard Time Blues” pays homage to Woody Guthrie's tales of hard traveling, but incorporates the energy of the modern alternative-country movement. Other songs such as “Lincoln County Blues” and “St. James Infirmary” demonstrate Low Tide Drifters' love of old-school blues songs. “A Prayer For Josseline,” a tragic story about a young immigrant girl from El Salvador and “Every Stitch,” a cry for international labor rights for garment workers, demonstrates the group's commitment to social justice and music that helps to create change. Throughout the whole album, though, there is a continuity of subject matter: these are the powerful stories of everyday people.
Recorded by the band members themselves, New Hard Time Blues represents Low Tide Drifters' “Do-It-Yourself” ethic. The album's songs were recorded in living rooms and dining rooms while band members experimented with arranging, recording, and mixing. The only outside help came from the fantastically talented Kim Rosen of Knack Mastering who has mastered albums for many well-known indie bands such as Franz Ferdinand. Kate Downing, Low Tide Drifters' banjo player and vocalist, designed the cover art based on her love for the album art of anarchist punk band Crass.
New Hard Time Blues is available on August 31st, 2011 through Cd Baby, iTunes, Amazon.com, and other media outlets. It will also be available at shows and at Tsunami Bookstore in Eugene, Oregon and by mail order. To contact Low Tide Drifters, email the band at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the band, visit Low Tide Drifters' website at: http://lowtidedrifters.wordpress.com/ or visit the band's Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Low-Tide-Drifters/35106354588