It is obvious that there is a strong influence from the traditional American Roots/ Rock artists such as, Bob Dylan or The Band or even Hank Williams, along with the modern Americana of today like Old Crow Medicine Show, the Decemberists or The Avett Brothers. But there is another side to this band that pays homage to the Pop Rock of the 60's, the simple straight forward lines of the Classical Period and even the more obscure, popular songwriters of today such as Regina Spektor or Jack White. Whatever the influences or the sounds, from ballads to up tempo rock feels, the songs are beautiful and the energy is off the chart.

Formed in late 2005, the band spent about four years playing just about anywhere they could. "We just wanted to be able to play for any crowd and turn heads" says banjo player Joe Kollar. "We played everywhere. Coffee houses, bars, churches, rock clubs, bluegrass festivals and the streets…a lot on the streets. We didn't make any money but what we learned was invaluable".

After the release of their Debut CD "Rally Day" in 2009 the band has spent most of the last 3 years on the road. With Club and festival appearances up and down the East Coast with artists such as Bela Fleck, Del McCoury, Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo and Railroad Earth they are quickly gaining recognition as one of the fastest rising Americana acts in the Northeast.

"Today these old-time sounds are being fused with more modern influences of rock n roll; and bands like Binghamton-based Driftwood are moving right along pace with today's most popular Electronica acts, breaking ground, strings, and expectations by drawing on our roots to create a sound that speaks to us all."
- Kayla MacLachlan, Upstate Live Magazine

For fans of: The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bob Dylan

Bevel Summers

Leave Jeb Brinkley to his own devices between the hours of midnight and five a.m. and something’s bound to happen. With a little whiskey and a guitar lying around, the Chapel Hillian— originally from Irmo, South Carolina — is prone to wax poetic on every shade of heartbreak. From Appalachian folk ballads to the Mississippi Delta Blues, Brinkley channels it all in concise, foot-stomping iterations of old-time sounds. Listen to Bevel Summers and you’ll hear what it’s like to be a twenty-something reared on Jim Croce and Roger Miller cassettes playing in the car on the way to school, and a mother's homemade rendition of The Beatles as a lullaby before bed.

In its entirety, Bevel Summers is Brinkley and fellow songwriter David Hutcheson, multi-instrumentalist Dylan Turner, vocalist Alicia Best, drummer Jack Fleishman, pianist Matt Greenslade, and fiddle/trumpet player Ian Williams. Together, these seven talented musicians have the power to transform a room full of introverts into a foot-stomping ruckus, checking hipster pretension at the door in favor of instantly memorable lyrics and songs that plant themselves in your head in seconds flat.
Bevel Summers performs with the philosophy of quick draw pistoleer the Sundance Kid from the famed 60's post-modern Western : “I’m better when I move.” Likening comparisons from Johnny Cash to The Wailers to Fleetwood Mac and back, at a Bevel Summers show, you’ll find yourself singing along with choruses that seem to burst through the confines of whatever hole-in-the-wall joint or basement the band is playing, and you might feel, for an instant, as if you're on a back porch in the middle of the woods, the sounds of fiddle, summer crickets, lush harmonies, and the plink of guitar strings melding so effortlessly.

At their core, these songs were borne of the blues, but in their live incarnation, Bevel Summers is joyful. This is what youth feels like — the highs and the lows, and the late nights full of whiskey and music in between.

$10.00 - $12.00


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Driftwood with Bevel Summers

Friday, June 14 · Doors 7:45 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Haw River Ballroom