Saturday, May 27, 2017

Local Spins Concert Preview Excerpt: "New York roots-folk group Driftwood brings punk-rock spirit to new album, Michigan tour stops"

Touring behind its fifth album, "City Lights," Driftwood plays four Michigan shows this week, including a Friday concert at Spring Lake's Seven Steps Up.

By Matt Marn

Violinist Claire Byrne of the New York roots-folk band Driftwood calls it "a new adventure."

Driftwood washes up along the Lake Michigan shore this week, exuding a punk-rock spirit as it tours behind its new CD, "City Lights."

The band plays Black River Tavern in South Haven on Thursday and Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake on Friday, followed by stops in Petoskey and Traverse City.

"You never really know what to expect. You go into each tour as part of a new adventure," Byrne told Local Spins, noting the band plays an average of 100 shows a year. "That way, you are ready for anything, with no specific expectations."

"City Lights," the five-member band's fifth CD, was released in November. Byrne, who joined the Binghamton, N.Y.-based band in 2008, said she thinks it gives her songwriting a chance to shine.

"I think the songs I have on this record reflect a woman going through a great shift in her life, settling down a bit, and reflecting on the many different ways that affects me and my relationships with others," Byrne said in a recent interview, adding that her songwriting style has evolved over the past five or six years.

"What once was more exclusively country, folky tunes, I have begun to branch out more, with Driftwood and the group album in mind. It's exciting to be bringing tunes to a group like Driftwood. You bring your own songs to the others, and they kind of put their own bits of themselves in there, as well.

Now, it's not only my song as an individual songwriter, but it is also my song, as a part of Driftwood. It is fun to see how it evolves into that finished product."

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