SONG PREMIERE: Driftwood Mix Nostalgia And Folk-Pop On “The Waves”

Natives of Binghamton, NY, the members of Driftwood hail from a working town, but play music rooted in the land, leaning alternately into folk, old-time, country, punk, and rock, depending on their personal moods and their songs’ needs. Their many sounds come together as definitively Driftwood, loudly and clearly, on their new album City Lights, due out November 4.

One of the band’s trademarks is playing old-time instruments with punk-rock attitude, drawing upon a similar theme between the two genres – of musicians digging in and making a statement, finding release and being reborn through their music. This creative fusing of styles can be heard in the excitement of the title track, and others like “Lemonade.” However, one song that stands apart from that sound is “The Waves”, which we are excited to premiere on Glide Magazine today.  

“The Waves” features gorgeous front-and-center vocals from fiddle player Claire Byrne, who adds an air of nostalgia to the song’s upbeat optimistic folk-pop sound, exuding the kind of warmth one feels when reflecting on the past. It also captures a group of musicians capable of putting rock and roll energy into a more rustic, down-to-earth style of music.

“When one is suffering it can feel like time has stood still. It makes us long for easier, brighter days. Was it really that much easier or do we tend to focus on good times in our memories? This is a song about nostalgia and change and the difficulties that come with it,” says Claire Byrne, offering a long at the inspiration behind the song.



Driftwood release City Lights on November 4th via Yellow Bike. Check out their upcoming tour dates below and visit for more music and info!

October 6 – Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony
October 7 – Thomas, WV – The Purple Fiddle
October 8 – New Hope, WV – Sleepy Creek Harfest
October 13 – Burlington, VT – Nectars
October 14 – Greenfield, MA – The Root Cellar
October 15 – Albany, NY – The Parish House
November 4 – Rochester, NY – Flour City Station
November 5 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works
November 9 – Stuart, FL – Terra Fermata
November 10 – Melbourne, FL – Just One More
November 12-13 – Brooksville, FL – Riverhawk Music Festival
November 16 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
November 17 – Charlotte, NC – Double Door Inn
November 18 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
November 19 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
November 25-26 – Apalachin, NY – Random Steele Tavern
December 1 – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim
December 2 – New York, NY – Union Hall
December 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
December 8 – Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House
December 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
December 17 – Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
December 29-30 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt

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  1. Jeff Estes Reply

    My friends have really hit a home run with this upcoming album! So many great songs….look out world!

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