We recently made some "do-it-yourself" recordings, and we thought we'd send out a free download of our song "Already Home." It honors the contributions of all of the immigrants in the United States. Share widely.
For the past few months, we’ve been working on our next album, Music for the Rest of Us. Featuring seven original songs as well as songs by acclaimed Oregon folksinger Harry Stamper and Scottish songwriter Alistair Hulett, the album pays homage to the extraordinary stories of everyday people in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. From the Depression-era romance that unfolds in “My Vivian” to the contemporary struggles of low-wage workers in “Living On Too Little,” Music for the Rest of Us, paints a lyrical picture of hope in the midst of hard times. Low Tide Drifters are working closely with Thaddeus Moore of Sprout City Studios to record and mix the tracks. The album will be mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering. We’ll post more information soon about the album’s release date and distribution.
It may sound like something that happens when you have legal trouble, but it’s really something much more insidious: We’re making sure you can’t get rid of us. The Low Tide Drifters materials (songs, recordings, posters, letters, etc.) are being archived by Caroline McNabb at the Steven McNabb Archives of Social Research. Very exciting stuff! Check it out:
Well, according to Kate Downing, our banjo player, vocalist, and songwriter extraordinaire, “recording an E.P. is like packing to go camping for one night.” Since we always follow the voice of reason (which in this band happens to be Kate), we’ve decided to extend the recording process a bit and record a full length album. At this point, we’re envisioning a 10-11 song album with our usual mixture of Oregon history and working-class folk anthems. We’re really looking forward to this, and we’ll keep you updated as the album progresses.
We’re excited to be performing at a special event that will celebrate the life and archival legacy of Harry Stamper, an acclaimed folksinger, longshoreman, and labor and community activist from Coos Bay, Oregon. Beginning in the late 1970s until his death in March 2012, Harry Stamper wrote many highly regarded songs about labor struggles, the importance of protecting the environment, and national and regional politics. In the tradition of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and other socially conscious folksingers, he championed the power of ordinary people to create positive change in their workplaces and in their communities. His song “We Just Come To Work Here (We Don’t Come To Die)” became the unofficial anthem of the occupational health and safety movement, and it was designated a “classic labor song” by the Smithsonian Folkways record label. A number of musicians, including popular folksinger Anne Feeney, performed and recorded the song, and it has been used in television segments and radio programs about labor issues.
During his career, Stamper shared the stage with Country Joe McDonald, Molly Ivins, and other popular entertainers. He also performed at the Great Hudson River Revival, the Highlander Center, and the San Francisco memorial for legendary labor leader Harry Bridges. His work caught the attention of renowned folk musician Pete Seeger, influential folklorist Archie Green, and a host of other journalists, documentary filmmakers, scholars, and union activists. In the true spirit of folk music, he gave away his recordings to anyone who wanted them, and he encouraged other musicians to freely share and adapt his songs.
The testament of Stamper’s legacy is contained in the Harry S. Stamper Jr. Papers, consisting of six linear feet of materials dating from 1955 to 2012. The collection includes rare recordings, written and graphic documents, and moving images, and it has recently been acquired by Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Oregon. For scholars and members of the public with an interest in folk music, labor organizing, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, environmentalism, and Oregon politics, the Harry S. Stamper, Jr. Papers is an invaluable resource.
The event will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Wesley Center (1236 Kincaid St., Eugene, Oregon). This is an all-ages, free event. We’ll be sharing the stage with David Rogers and Late For Dinner. The event will also feature guest speakers, a showing of “We Just Come To Work Here: The Music of Harry Stamper,” a short documentary by Low Tide Drifters’ Nathan Moore, and an exhibit of items from Harry’s collection. Hope to see you there!
We are taking a little Ramble up North to Seattle in July. We’ll hit Portland on the way up and Astoria on the way back. Don’t miss it!
Friday, July 12 @ 7:30 PM. Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Coffee House Concert Series. Couth Buzzard Coffee House, 8310 Greenwood Ave., N. Seattle, Washington. ALL AGES.
Sunday, July 14 @ 10 AM – 3 PM. Astoria Sunday Market. Commercial and 12th St., Astoria, Oregon. ALL AGES.
Low Tide Drifters are working on a new E.P. In our usual DIY style, we’re recording it ourselves and it sounds great so far. You can expect six new tracks about labor struggles, the Great Depression, Pacific Northwest history, immigration, and other topics. More details to come.
Just a note to say that New Hard Time Blues is now available on Four Dogs Music’s website. Four Dogs Music is a company out of Wales and they feature the best of traditional, contemporary and radical music. So! Tell your friends abroad that they will pay a much more reasonable rate getting NHTB from Four Dogs because amazon UK sells it as an import. Support the little guys!
Low Tide Drifters’ “Every Stitch” has been featured on the debut episode of RadioLabour’s “Get UP show!” What an honor! Our thanks to Marc Belanger and the RadioLabour crew for this great video and their hard work! If you want to make sure you don’t miss any future episodes, click on the subscribe button. Radio Labour is the international labour movement’s radio service. It produces Monday through Friday broadcasts. The newscasts can be heard on Radio Labour’s website: http://www.radiolabour.net
We’re excited to be performing at the 2nd annual Forest Park Music Fest in Portland, Oregon. This is a family friendly day-long folk festival. We’ll be sharing the stage with Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks, Lewi Longmire, Ruby Feathers, Darlin’ Blackbirds, and many other great artists. For more information, check out the website at: http://forestparkmusicfest.wordpress.com/