Steal This Track: The Legendary River Drifters and In Due Time - Reverb

Steal This Track: The Legendary River Drifters and In Due Time

The Legendary River Drifters release their second LP — and play their last show — on Nov. 10. Photo courtesy of artist.

Ski season has started, and Steal This Track has rowdy Americana from the Legendary River Drifters and jazzy funk from In Due Time to warm up the lift ride.

In order to truly be a legend, you have to disappear, have a mysterious death, or create something that can support a myth. For about six years now, the Legendary River Drifters have been performing in plain sight, undermining their legendary status. Well, it seems that’s all about to end.

On Nov. 10, the seven-piece will share the stage for the last time at Oriental Theater, and someone might just get hurt. With mandolin, banjo and a saw all featured heavily, it’s easiest to call the River Drifters “Americana,” but they are in no way sensitive folk or pick-n-grin bluegrass. Swap out instruments and we could call it punk or metal.

The River Drifters will also release their second and final LP at the show, “Dirtier Harryer.” We’ve selected the track “Hellbound in the Eden Tornado” for you to make off with. Considering the band has a propensity for embellishments in bios – every true legend needs an origin story veiled in fog – we wouldn’t believe them if they told us about future plans. Who knows? This may not even be their last show. But rumor is they plan on regrouping as an acoustic Slayer cover band.

In Due Time Released their debut EP in October. Photo courtesy of artist.

The second track we’re dropping at your feet this week comes from the Denver band In Due Time. Earlier in October, the band released a self-titled debut EP, which is available for $4.95 on iTunes. From song to song on the five-track release a listener could get confused and not realize it’s the same band. The first track, “Beer Run,” is a wah-pedal-and-horns-heavy funk song, while the next track, “All I See Is Love,” sounds like a more jazzy Phish song. This diversity is not a bad thing; it sounds like a band with talent and promise that’s still exploring. We’ve selected “If You Wanna Go,” a track that showcases all of the varied sounds, like an overture for the EP.

Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.

If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.

Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and a new contributor to Reverb. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. His day job is at Geeks Who Drink. Seriously.

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