Song of the Day: Driftwood – “What You Do To Me”

Posted by Greg on Sep 11, 2019 in Music |


With AmericanaFest now in high gear, we thought we’d share the latest video from Binghamton, NY quartet Driftwood. Originally from the New York City and formed by childhood friends Dan Forsyth (guitar) and Joe Kollar (banjo/guitar), the band now makes their home in Vestal County, about 90 miles northwest of the hubbub of Manhattan.

“What You Do To Me” is a gorgeous slice of winsome Americana featuring banjo, violin and lap steel. Evoking shades of The Band, Counting Crows and The Lumineers, it is in fact the best song we’ve heard today. “What You Do To Me” appears on Tree of Shade, the band’s seventh album and one that was released earlier this spring.

The band’s lineup is rounded out by violinist Claire Byrne and upright bassist Joey Arcuri. Driftwood logs roughly 150 shows a year and has shared the stage with the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury, Brett Dennen, Robert Randolph and the late Leon Russell, to name just a few.

Tree of Shade was produced by Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Lumineers) and sound engineer Peter Hanlon (OAR, Rachael Yamagata). Being that Felice produced the album that might just explain why parts of “What You Do To Me” sound so eerily similar to The Lumineers. This of course is not a bad thing. For those heading out to AmericanaFest, the band is performing tomorrow at The Basement in Nashville and Saturday at the High Watt, both performances are part of AmericanaFest. A video for “What You Do To Me” can be found below.


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