Monday, January 11, 2010

J.B. Beverley and The Wayward Drifters - 2006 - Dark Bar and a Jukebox

Have you ever wondered what happened to REAL country music? Sadly, it has been pushed into the underground by the image-consumed, money-making monster of the corporate music industry. These days, only a few brave souls dare to make the kind of authentic country music that honors American heritage and culture; rooted in the influence of Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and the other all-but-forgotten legends of the genre. Genuine country music reflects real life, and not the latest fashion trends. One of the strongest and most charismatic forces in the real country music arena is J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters.

Originally formed in December 1998, J.B. Beverley and the Wayward Drifters have steadily made a name for themselves in the U.S. and around the world. A “retired” hobo, Beverley took his experiences from the road, the trains, and everyday American people he encounters, and molded those experiences into some of the most heartfelt, real-deal country music to see the light of day in a long time. With driving acoustic rhythm guitar, slamming upright bass slapping, amazing banjo rolls, and other blistering accompaniment, Beverley and his “high lonesome” voice have earned a solid reputation for their live shows.

J.B. Beverley and his Wayward Drifters’ endless life on the road is studded with highlights, including a 7 week tour with Hank Williams III and shows with contemporary greats like Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Dale Watson and Lee Rocker. They have been joined on stage by legendary Commander Cody guitar picker Bill Kirchen, and other friends in the music community. The band also has made fans out of the likes of John Carter Cash, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, Bruce Springsteen, and Piedmont Blues great Warner Williams.

J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters have been featured on several radio and TV programs, including the MHZ Network's "Spotlight", Austin's Capzeyes TV, and radio shows like Colorado's KRFC "Live at Lunch, and Knoxville's WDVX FM. The band has released two heavily-circulated demos, and a full-length studio CD entitled “Dark Bar & A Jukebox” (Helltrain Records). The band toured relentlessly for over two years in support of "Dark Bar", and also wound up the subject of an upcoming documentary road film by Wayward Souls Productions out of New Mexico.

In 2008, J.B. opened Rebel Roots Studio in Richmond, VA to record and produce "Watch America Roll By", the band's sophomore effort. Described as "an organic road record that may as well have soil falling off it's roots", the new CD is stirring up quite the buzz amongst Wayward Drifters fans and roots-music enthusiasts alike. - taken from their Myspace

2006 - Dark Bar and a Jukebox

Track Listing:

1.Shoulda' Thought About It
2.Dark Bar and a Jukebox
3.Memories of You
4.Before They Get Those Cuffs On Me
5.Lonesome, Loaded and Cold
6.Chase Down These Blues
7.Highway Blue
8.Drinkin' Bourbon
9.Going to the Show
10.Ghost of Old DC
11.Rainin' in Philly
12.Train Song   
13.Wayward Drifter

This is another GREAT country album.  If you enjoyed the other Outlaw/Alt/Traditional Country albums that I have been posting be sure to check out this one. 

Highway Blue


  1. You are on a roll, son!!!!! Lovin' all these posts. I have this one, but I haven't listened to it in a few years. Might have to dig this sucker out of the downstairs crates. Cheers!!!

  2. I love it bought the first cd on I tunes


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