LINING UP A BUSY SEASON:
NEW ALBUM RELEASE, FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
Quartet’s ROAD FROM HOME, SXSW Shows Earn Praise, Acclaim
Austin, TX — MilkDrive, Austin’s phenomenal alt-folk-progressive acoustic string band, will release on April 5 its debut studio album, ROAD FROM HOME, which captures the quartet’s soulful, textural, multi-layer mix of rhythms, tempos, flavors, improvisation and its harmony vocals.
After its Austin CD Release Show, on Friday, April 8, at Saxon Pub, MilkDrive plays a number of nationally acclaimed music festivals: Old Settler’s on April 14, “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour” on May 9, Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass in Colorado in June, and Rockygrass in Lyons, Colo., at the end of July.
ROAD FROM HOME was recorded at Mountainside Audio Labs in Nashville, produced by MilkDrive and Bil VornDick (Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck), and engineered and mixed by VornDick.
Like its independently released debut live album, the band’s new studio album features fingers flying at “unbelievable” speed, original tunes that go beyond extraordinary and “impeccable” arrangements. Both “Back” and “Dry Creek Inn” from ROAD FROM HOME have the old-school sound, with haunting mandolin and fiddle, but thoroughly modern lyrics on topics such as love and death bring it into the 21st century.
Oklahoma Press raved about band members: “… Noah Jeffries plays the acoustic guitar like some sort of Django/Tony Rice hybrid clone reconstituted from their DNA in some crazy laboratory sometime in the distant future. Dennis Ludiker plays the mandolin like Thor made thunder and like Robin Hood shot his arrows. Brian Beken’s fiddle playing transcends our lowly dimension and can be heard in 15 parallel universes at the same time, man. Matt Mefford is so solid at the stand-up bass that he makes John Henry look like a whiney little girl …”
For more information, see www.milkdrive.com and http://www.myspace.com/milkdrive