Low Tide Drifters featured on Brain Labor Report!!

We had the huge privilege of being the featured album on the Brain Labor Report today on KSKQ radio out of the Rogue Valley!  Have a listen!

Press Release!



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Low Tide Drifters Release New Album:

Music for the Rest of Us

Eugene, OR — Eugene’s own left-edge folk sensation, Low Tide Drifters, have released their second full-length album, titled “Music for the Rest of Us.”  The band has been working for over a year in mixed spaces to create the textured, multifaceted sound that has come to life in this 10-track disc.  Songs on this sophomore release span a wide range of topics and influences and expand the concept of the “folk” genre.  Many of the album’s songs have a surprisingly “hard” edge for an acoustically-equipped folk band—the songs “Living on Too Little,”  “Real Victories,” and “Already Home” hit at the root of larger social issues and aren’t afraid to use a little drum or display punk-rock roots to get the point across.  Drifters bring it on home to Oregon with some depression-era original story songs in the tracks, “My Vivian” and “Bound for Lakeview.”  For a sweet touch, Low Tide Drifters have not forgotten how popular they are with the younger set and have included “Eden’s Lullaby” and “Will We Say We Did Our Best?”—a parent’s cry to environmental action and awareness.  The album is rounded out with some well-chosen cover tracks by Oregon’s late, great singing longshoreman, Harry Stamper, Jr., author of the classic “We Just Come To Work Here (We Don’t Come To Die)” and Scottish folk legend, Alistair Hulett (Drifters cover his “Destitution Road”).

“Music for the Rest of Us” was recorded, in part, at Sprout City Studios in Eugene, as well as in bedrooms, closets and other odd spaces.  The whole thing was mixed up by Cousin Thaddeus at Sprout City, then sent off to Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering in New Jersey for the final touches.  The discs were produced at Oregon’s own Atomic Disc in Salem.  Cover Art by Holly Hall Stamper.

Low Tide Drifters will be hosting a CD Release Party at Wandering Goat Coffee Company, 268 Madison Avenue in Eugene on Saturday, March 22nd at 7 PM.

Low Tide Drifters will also be performing at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette, Eugene, on Saturday, May 24th at 5 PM.  20% off all books and records during the show!

For information contact Kate Downing at 541-517-7232 or lowtidedrifters@gmail.com.

Low Tide Drifters are:

Chico Schwall: Fiddle, Mandolin, Whatever we place in his hands;

Dennis Soper: Harmonica(s);

Kate Dowing: Banjo, Lead Vocals;

Nathan Moore: Guitar, Lead Vocals;

Rachael Young: Bass;

Wendy Schwall: Percussion and Accordion

Alison Kinney:  Guest Vocals on “Will We Say We Did Our Best?”

Hotel Discount for Drifters Show!!

Hey All,

We are playing a couple of fun shows at the Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, WA in May.  The Adrift is a unique, interesting hotel with a focus on sustainability and really cool looking rooms.  Check it out!  www.adrifthotel.com.


HERE’S THE BEST PART!  Drifters friends get a discount!  Just enter LIVE14 as a promo code when you book your stay.  The discount is 20% off weekend stays.  We are playing Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 9:00 PM and Sunday, June 1st @ 9:00 PM.  Come enjoy the show(s)!IMG_2142

“Music for the Rest of Us” headed to the printers!

We are super excited to announce that “Music for the Rest of Us” is being uploaded to the Atomic Disc website at this very moment!  We are also happy to say that Atomic Disc is a local company working out of Salem.  Check ‘em out!  Cover art by Holly Hall Stamper.1026211_10152195408594589_518438066_o

“Music for the Rest of Us” is almost here!

Well, we’ve finished recording, mixing, and mastering Music for the Rest of Us, our second full-length album.  We’re very proud of it, and we think that you’re going to enjoy it too.  It features eight original compositions along with cover versions of songs by folksinger and longshoreman Harry Stamper and Scottish songwriter Alistair Hulett.  We’d like to thank Thaddeus Moore at Sprout City Studios for lending his recording and the mixing skills to the album, and we’d like to thank Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering for doing an awesome job mastering the tracks.  We’ll have more details about the album’s release soon, but until then, here’s “Real Victories,” a “teaser track” from Music for the Rest of Us.

New album on the way!

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.

We’ve been accessioned! (Fancy word for having our stuff archived)

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:

First Community Accession: Low Tide Drifters

We’re recording a new full-length album!

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.

Photo by Stewart Hendrickson

Photo by Stewart Hendrickson

Low Tide Drifters celebrate the legacy of Coos Bay folksinger Harry Stamper

StamperGuitarWe’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!

Low Tide up North in July!


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!

Thursday, July 11 @ 7:00 PM.  Red and Black Cafe with Dapper Cadavers and Bryan Bingold.  400 SE 12th Ave  Portland, OR 97214.  ALL AGES

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.


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