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C.D. on Songs: Driftwood – “Gotta Get A Ride"

April 20, 2011

I know you all love new music. That’s why it’s always a little more fun when we get something shot over at us that is, well, totally new. While Driftwood has that semi-classic sound that you might expect out of a band called “Driftwood,” they bring their fresh take on the age-old folksy Americana sound in today’s track. We assume they will do this next time they play out, which is hopefully soon. Maybe Friday night? Sounds good to me…

Driftwood – “Gotta Get A Ride”
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This song’s casual and easy-going character drops in through the front door at the very beginning of the program and makes itself comfortable – only after making sure everyone else is feeling fine as well. The softly swinging beat comes through in the jaunty acoustic chords that swing through the tempo, every so often grabbing an accent on the way by and occasionally just letting things happen the way they’re going to happen. “Gotta Get A Ride” is more than satisfied to simply let things happen. It’s that chilled out, man.

The multiple voices that comprise the lead vocal help to soften things up a bit – these singers sound like a bunch of take-‘er-easy type dudes; they are dudes who realize that you don’t need to puff up your chest and sing all loud and forceful 100% of the time. No sir, that is no way to make sure you get a ride. Who wants to give a ride to someone who’s all loud and in your face about things? “Gotta Get A Ride” has a smooth character that retains a cool urgency to its tone. The pace of the track is brisk, but it does not seem uncomfortably so in any aspect.

“Gotta Get A Ride” is also breezy in that it seems like it’s here one moment and gone the next. While there is plenty to hold on to via the aforementioned vocals or acoustic strumming, the bluesy, wailing harmonica seems to have its foot out the door almost immediately. But it’s not leaving us in the lurch, the harmonica is more than willing to take the song – and all its associates listeners, to be sure – home at the end and well before dinner. That must be where the ride comes in.

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