Driftwood Soldier Bittersweet ballads, crooked stories, and thumping blue rants from the best mandolin-bass gutter-folk duo in West Philly Listen on Spotify Buy on Bandcamp mouse




Driftwood Soldier isn’t your average mandolin-bass foot-stomping gutter-folk duo

Growling and crooning, muttering about lost love, brimstone, and the glorious view from the underside of a rusty world-order, Owen holds the rhythm on mandolin and foot percussion. Bobby takes the opportunity to stretch bass notes into lyrical vines that vibrate somewhere north of your liver and flower unexpectedly at night. This is the kind of roots music that grows through the cracks in the sidewalk and drinks its rainwater laced with motor oil.

In February 2015 they released Scavenger’s Joy followed by the Blessings & Blasphemy EP in March 2017. Their second full-length album, Stay Ahead of the Wolf, was produced with Erin McKeown, mixed by Grammy winner Ted Hutt, and was released on October 18, 2019. Look for them in a bar, living room, alleyway, or rooftop near you.

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“A bluesy version of Nick Cave, with a nod to Tom Waits.”

-Bruce Warren, WXPN