Austin jazz-grass band MilkDrive features award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. But awards reveal nothing about the Austin string band’s exhilarating sound. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience that crosses genres, geographies, and generations.
Fingers flying at breathtaking speed, original tunes that feel familiar at first but go beyond extraordinary, songs with themes universal but unique, heart and brains behind dynamic performances: It’s an uncompromising musical journey the members of MilkDrive are on.
Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in
Texas. Writes songs. Travels around. Tries to be good.
“I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You’ll feel the same, I think, when you listen to this beautifully crafted album. Listen, go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: Not all the good guys wear hats.” — Stephen King
Folk Family Revival - April 18th 9:00pm
A warm, classic Texas tone and crunching, bluesy guitar solos bring this band beyond the standard pop country currently filling the airwaves.
Folk Family Revival is one of those bands that could open for a mainstream Nashville country act, an indie folk band or even bands like Beaumont’s country and folk-tinged Ruxpins or Ramblin’ Boys, which integrates punk rock into their particular brand of country.