Blue Drifters Acoustic Quartet

Bluegrass Band from Minneapolis, MN - Will travel up to 240 miles
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The Blue Drifters Acoustic Quartet is an Americana roots/variety musical ensemble on guitar, banjo, upright bass and fiddle. We play a wide variety of blues, bluegrass, top-40 hits from 60's-70's, swing, vintage country and Cajun. Everything from Stephen Foster, 1920's pop tunes, Jimmie Rodgers, CCR, John Denver, Neil Young, Lightin' Hopkins, Fats Domino, Dylan, Hank Williams, Doc Watson, Grateful Dead, David Allen Coe, Robert Johnson and anything we can craft into interesting exciting arrangements with trio harmonies and prodigious soloing on all four instruments.

The players include 28-year-old veteran swing and bluegrass fiddler Danny Lentz, bassist Sean Roderick and ex-moss Piglets lead singer, John Goolsby, a veteran of the bluegrass scene.
We can offer some of the newer jam-grass repertoire such Devil Makes 3 "Shades" and "Humdinger" by Old Crow. As needed, we can perform an entire bluegrass show of Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Don Reno, Lonesome River Band, Stanley Bros., Osbornes, etc. if that's what you wish. I've discovered it's a little more balanced show if you mix in some CCR, Dylan, old blues and perhaps a few swing jazz tunes amongst all the bluegrass tunes. We're able to traverse a wide musical landscape with a full measure of technical and professional efficacy.
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Family Reunion

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They were talented, flexible, engaging and accommodating. Great addition to our family reunion!

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Corporate Function

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Blue Drifters Acoustic Quartet was fantastic! They played for 3 hours at our conference's opening reception on Nicollet Island Pavilion. We had to start a little early, but they were ready to go. They played a nice mix of upbeat and more mellow/slow bluegrass. Additionally, the music was not too loud, allowing people to talk and network. The Band was very easy to communicate and work with, providing quick responses to email inquiries and minor last minute changes.

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Community Event

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Great set of musicians. Great performance for our national night out event for around 150 people! Super easy to work with!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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This band went above and beyond in traveling to our event and then also getting everything set up and brought in from the rain. We had tornados and they still played on and made it an eventful night. Everyone had a fabulous time and wonderful stuff to say about the band! Thankful for them keeping the night going during the rough storms!

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Festival

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We were so happy to have the Blue Drifters perform at our Spring Artisan Fair! They are so talented and engaging, a real crowd pleaser. The music was wonderful and everyone had a great time. I appreciate their flexibility and professionalism and hope to have them back again for a future engagement. THANK YOU!!!

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Wedding

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The Blue Drifters were perfect for our small wedding at the St. Paul Hotel. They were extremely talented and picked the perfect set. Our guests were thrilled! Highly recommended!

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Community Event

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Blue Drifters were wonderful! Despite the rain for our outdoor event, Wisconsin Colorfest & BBQ Bash, they did an awesome job and kept everyone entertained!

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Wedding Reception

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Working with the band was so easy. We had multiple communications among multiple people (the bride, the brides family) and the band was flexible and accommodating to all of our requests. They are a talented bunch of musicians and interacted in a very friendly way with our guests.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Birthday Party - 100 guests aged 1-95 yrs. The music DAZZLED. Great communication and deft at reading the crowd. Unique hillbilly/jazzy vibe; retro meets hipster. Pros all around. Musically complex and sophisticated, and really down-home fun at the same time. Depth of knowledge, years of experience, top notch musicianship. Good background music for gabby guests, and a truly great performance for those who paid closer attention. Perfect. I would hire these guys for a variety of events, they could swing to meet so many needs. These guys deliver artistically while leaving the planner (me!) with peace and utter confidence. Bravo, Blue Drifters!

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Rehearsal Dinner

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Outstanding!!!!

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Preachin Prayin Singing
Flatt and Scruggs
First Day of My Life
Conor Oberst - Bright Eyes
Harvest Moon
Neil Young 1991
I Saw the Light
Hank Williams
Ill Fly Away
Albert C. Brumley
Jesus Was a Capricorn
Kris Kristofferson
If I'd Left it Up to You
Merle Haggard
Piano Man and Just the Way You Are
Billy Joel
Blue Moon of KT and Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis
Rocky Top
Osbourne Bros.
Shades
Devil Makes 3
Your Song
Elton John
Cash on the barrelhead, My Baby's Gone, Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die
Louvin Bros.
Ripple, Uncle John's Band,
Grateful Dead
Bloody Mary Monday
Willie Nelson
April Come She Will and Homeward Bound
Simon Garfunkel
Just Like a Woman, You Ain't Going Nowhere, The Times They are A-Changing, Love Minus Zero, No Limit
Bob Dylan
I Never Cried
Ted Darby
Shinin Moon, Jailhouse Blues
Lightnin Sam Hopkins
Ballad of Jed Clampett
Flatt and Scruggs, Beverly Hillbillies Theme
Silver City Bound
Mance Lipscomb
Biscuits
Kacey Musgraves 2015
Humdinger
Black Crow Medicine Show
Crazy Love
Van Morrison
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone
Bill Withers
Johnny Be Good
Chuck Berry
The Weight
The Band
Fire and Rain
1969 James Taylor
I Don't Remember Loving You, Rose Colored Glasses
Jon Conlee
Deep Elem Blues
Jerry Garcia
Girl From the North Country
1963 Bob Dylan
My Sweet Angel
Jimi Hendrix
I Believe in You
1971 Neil Young
Silver Wings, Working Man's Blues, Lonesome Fugitive, If We Make It Through Till Monday
Merle Haggard
The Thrill is Gone
BB King
Yesterday, All You Need is Love, Here Comes the Sun, Penny Lane, others
Beatles
My Funny Valentine
jazz standard
Light My Fire
The Doors
Sarah Smile
1975 Daryll Hall and John Oates
Lying Eyes
Eagles
Moonglow
Jazz Standard
Dirt Road Anthem
Jason Aldean
Night Rider's Lament
1993 Garth Brooks
Better Man
1992 Clint Black
Rainbow Connection
1973 Academy Award Song-Muppet Movie and Willie Nelson
Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash
The Road is a Lover
Alison Krause (winner of 27 Grammy awards) 1998 "So Long So Wrong")
North to Alaska and Battle of New Orleans
1961 Johnny Horton
Mr. Engineer
1956 Jimmie Martin and The Sunny Mt. Boys
Man of Constant Sorrow
O Brother Where Art Thou
One Toke Over the Line
1971 Brewer and Shipley
Cross Road Blues
1936 Robert Johnson (transcription)
Sugar Magnolia 1970
from American Beauty
Bad moon Rising
CCR
Down the Road/Cripple Creek 1955
Flatt and Scruggs medley
I'm Walkin 1956
Fats Domino
Gentle on My Mind 1967
Glen Campbell
Tennessee Stud 1958
Stonewall Jackson
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 1969
Robbie Robertson The Band
Only Love Can Break Your Heart 1971
Neil Young from After the Gold Rush
Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald 1976
Gordon Lightfoot
Buckets of Rain 1975 from Blood on the tracks
Dylan bottleneck slide guitar
Walking Blues 1938
Robert Johnson
Beverly Hillbillies Theme 1962
Paul Henning
Love Please Come Home 1956
Leon Jackson The White Oak Mountain Boys
Something in the way She Moves 1969 Abbey Road
George Harrison
Alabama Getaway
Grateful Dead
Rainy Day People
1975 Gordon Lightfoot
Into the Mystic 1970 Moondance album
Van Morrison
Like a Rollin Stone 1965
Bob Dylan
Your Smile 2007
Josh Turner
Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used to Do – Hank Sr.
1949 #4 hit
Looking Out My Back Door
CCR
A Fool Such As I
Hank snow
Jambalaya Lovesick Blues Setting the Woods on Fire Your Cheatin Heart
Hank Williams Sr.
King of the Road 1964
Roger Miller
Calling Baton Rouge 1994
Garth Brooks
Moondance 1970
Van Morrison album Moondance
Big River 1958
Johnny Cash
Folsum Prison Blues 1953
Johnny Cash first recorded in 1955
Behind Closed Doors 1973
Charlie Rich
Highway 40 Blues 1981
Ricky Skaggs
Take Me Home Country Roads 1971
John Denver
Thank God I'm a Country Boy 1974
John Denver
Brown Eyed Girl 1967
Van Morrison
Streets of Laredo 1949
Marty Robbins
Dead Flowers 1971 from Sticky Fingers
Rolling Stones
Stop Breaking Down 1972 Exile on Mainstreet
Rolling Stones 1937 recording by Robert Johnson
Fire on the Mountain 1974 Searchin For A Rainbow
Marshall Tucker Band
Did She Mention My Name 1968
Gordon Lightfoot
Homeward Bound and April Come She Will 1966
Simon and Garfunkel
Night and Day
Cole Porter 1931
I Can't Give You Anything But Love 1928
J McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Let's Do It
Let's Fall in Love 1928
Honeysuckle Rose 1929
Fats Waller
Take Me Back to Tulsa 1930
Bob Wills Texas swing
Back Home in Indiana 1917
comedy tune Homer and Jethro
After You've Gone
1918
San Antonio Rose
Bob Wills Texas swing trio harmony vocals
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Wizard of Oz
What a Wonderful World
1968 biggest –selling hit single of 1968 in Great Britain by Louis Armstrong written by Weiss and Healey
Limehouse Blues 1922
Philip Braham and Douglas Ferber
Sweet Georgia Brown 1925
Bernie and Pinkard
All of Me 1931
Ruth Etting
Cherokee 1938
Ray Noble
Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used to Do 1949
#4 hit Hank Williams
Peach Pickin Time in Georgia 1928
Jimmie Rodgers yodeling brakeman
Minor Swing
Django Reinhardt
Nuages
Django Reinhardt
Christmas Lullaby
19th Century German tune arranged by Arthel Watson as Appalachian tune
I Found a new Baby 1925
Ethel Waters written by Clarence Williams and Spencer Williams
Lucky Southern
Keith Jarret
The Magician in You 1968
Keith Jarret
Blues for Alice
Charlie Parker
Banish Misfortune instrumental
traditional Irish
Whiskey in the Jar instrumental
traditional Irish
Harvest Home instrumental
traditional Irish
The Rocky Road to Dublin
traditional Irish
The Wind that Shakes the Barley instrumental
traditional Irish
Flowers of Edinborough instrumental
traditional Irish
Midnight on the Water instrumental
traditional Irish
The Wild Rover
traditional Irish
Aran Boat Song instrumental
traditional Irish
Road to Listdoonvarna instrumental
traditional Irish
Rickett's Hornpipe instrumental
traditional Irish
House Carpenter
traditional Irish
Okeefe's Slide instrumental
traditional Irish
TempReel/Swingin Gate instrumentals
traditional Irish
Into the Mystic
Van Morrison Irish
Leather Britches instrumental
traditional Irish
Sheebeg Sheemor
Turloch O'Carolan 1600's traditional Irish
What Does Deep Sea Say
traditional Irish
Drowsy Maggie
traditional Irish
The Leaving of Liverpool
traditional Irish
Danny Boy
traditional Irish
Fisher's Hornpipe
instrumental
Walls of Liscarroll instrumental
traditional Irish
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Please note Blue Drifters Acoustic Quartet will also travel to Saint Paul, Arden Hills, Hopkins, Mendota, Plymouth, Bloomington, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Osseo, South Saint Paul, Wayzata, Circle Pines, Inver Grove Heights, Champlin, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Crystal Bay, Long Lake, Newport, Savage, Willernie, Excelsior, Hamel, Saint Paul Park, Dayton, Hugo.
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