When Driftwood released its first full-length album, Rally Day, recorded in their hometown of Binghamton, a unique sound transpired that reflected not only the working-class ethos of an upstate New York town, but a coalescing of identity, influence, and uninhibited musical spirit.
“It’s sometimes tough to keep any sort of focus on style or sound when you have three different songwriters,” guitarist Dan Forsyth conceded. Longtime friend and banjoist Joe Kollar offers, “I consider our sound to be more of an attitude and an approach – the result of all of our influences in a completely open musical forum where the only stipulation is to create it from the heart.” “Really Driftwood is a song based group,” fiddler Claire Byrne added incisively.
And even though they come from different directions, the three founding members – along with bassist Joey Arcuri – tend to end up at the same place.
That unity, as well as the joy derived from playing together, can be heard throughout City Lights. It takes them on a familiar road and serendipitous evolution, replete with folk, old-time, country, punk, and rock, depending on their personal moods and their songs’ needs.
Take yourself back to the days of dusty country roads, carefree summers, and your radio tuned to music that was soulful and authentic. Enter Plywood Cowboy in 2018, crafting songs ripe with these nostalgic comforts, yet perfectly suited for the soundtrack of modern life. Plywood Cowboy perform songs that are “steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart” (Sound Waves Magazine). Plywood Cowboy is winner of the 2018 Connecticut Folk Festival band competition and on the 2018 Grammy ballot in the Best Americana Song and Best Americana Album categories.