The Lowdown Drifters are a Country and Americana band from Stanwood, WA just north of Seattle formed in 2015 based off of a love of honest and expressive songwriting with the goal of fostering and furthering the tradition of country music embodied by Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. After spending time in other bands in the past, the members found the opportunity to join forces with the mission of infusing their varied musical influences with lyrics that spoke to their lives and dreams. A focus on musicianship and the relatable themes of love, loss, heartbreak and hard living are the staples of the Lowdown Drifters music vocalized in singer Big John Cannons recognizable gritty roar. The 2016 release Wood & Water provides the staples of their live show with songs like Upriver and End Up in a Song written by Cannon and guitarist Ryan Klein which are fast becoming requested fan favorites wherever they play. The thundering rhythm section that is the heartbeat of the band is held down by Eric “E Rock” Gehrke and Galen Bailey keeping every dance able song in time and up to speed.
In the last year the Drifters have gone from writing and playing their original songs for friends to playing at venues such as the Hard Rock Café, Tractor Tavern, Little Red Hen, as well as functions for local radio stations supporting the Seattle Seahawks. The resurgence of songs that dive deeper than a Friday night tailgate have only contributed to the increase in popularity of their music as they continue to draw comparisons to the music of Sturgill Simpson, Whitey Morgan, and Chris Stapleton. As they head back into the studio in the fall of 2016 to begin recording additional songs for their follow up release, they have had the opportunity to play with Jason Michael Carroll and Chase Rice and continue to play shows in an ever increasing circuit creating new fans wherever they play.