Austin Texas Band MilkDrive’s Jazz Gypsy Bluegrass Sound
During a long drive home one fall evening in 2012 a College radio station was my time sink. As I left the city heading to the urban countryside a jazz grass band began to play. Maybe they didn’t exactly fit the mood in driving down a darkened interstate but they caught my ear. The sound stood out amid indy rock bands.
That is how I learned of MilkDrive. They are a four member band out of Austin Texas. The mighty little band enjoys numerous descriptive labels which all fit them. Call them jazz, gypsy jazz, jazz pickers to many more, they are most comfortable with jazz-grass.
- Noah Jeffries – Guitar, harmony vocals
- Dennis Ludiker – Mandolin, harmony vocals
- Brian Beken – Fiddle, lead vocals
- Matt Mefford – Double bass
My first exposure was MilkDrive’s cover song Dear Prudence by the Beatles. With respect for the Beatles, I’ve not been an enthusiast. Milkdrive made Dear Prudence new to me. If you are mildly curious, perhaps this should be your first exposure.
You can’t go wrong with the delicate tribute to the city and a girl, SoHo from their 2011 album Road From Home.
Their unique sound of mandolin, violin and country plucking banjo is honestly captivating.
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