The Farewell Drifters/Blue Moon Rising (#707)

Two Tennessee bands perform classically inspired yet original bluegrass.

This edition of Jubilee features two rising stars on the bluegrass scene: The Farewell Drifters, a group of young songwriters that blend traditional instrumentation with an exceptional sense of song-craft and presentation; and Blue Moon Rising, who successfully combine influences and innovation to create a truly unique brand of bluegrass.

Drifting from Monroe Brothers style duets to the sonic sounds of the Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Farewell Drifters focus on playing songs with great precision and poise. While bluegrass remains their main expressive vehicle, other influences, such as Clarence White, Gram Parsons, and even Bob Dylan, appear consistently in the Drifters’ sound as the group maintains a stylistic freedom that gives their music a youthful sense of adventure.

East Tennessee’s Blue Moon Rising perform original, classically crafted bluegrass songs that maintain a stylistic unity with the pioneering sounds of older artists while bringing innovation and a keen observance to the form. The group garnered international recognition with the release of their album “On the Rise,” debuting at #14 on the Billboard's Bluegrass Chart in 2005 and still charting into 2007. The group enjoys touring the country and plans to bring its brand of high-energy bluegrass to audiences throughout the fall and winter of 2007 and 2008.

The Farewell Drifters and Blue Moon Rising bring their fresh perspectives on bluegrass music to the Jubilee stage, sure to entertain bluegrass fans from both the traditional and contemporary camps.