Driftin' Westward

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  • Driftin' Westward

    This show was on Apr 23rd, 2015 | 20 people watched
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    • Apr 26
      They were fantastic! One of our favorite groups whether KT is solo or has a band backing him! Great songs and vocals!
    • Apr 28
      We enjoyed the show very much! The concept was great as was the performance.
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The brain-child of a charming wordsmith who's hell bent on bringing his brand of Appalachian music to the masses, Driftin’ Westward brings a diverse arsenal of musical arrangements and enthusiastic performances where ever they go. Founded by award winning songwriter K.T. Vandyke in 2009, this one man tour de force, in it's short tenure, has taken off performing all over the Appalachian... more

The brain-child of a charming wordsmith who's hell bent on bringing his brand of Appalachian music to the masses, Driftin’ Westward brings a diverse arsenal of musical arrangements and enthusiastic performances where ever they go. Founded by award winning songwriter K.T. Vandyke in 2009, this one man tour de force, in it's short tenure, has taken off performing all over the Appalachian region, and the eastern United States leaving entranced and captivated audiences in their wake. Vandyke has shared the stage with such acts as Jason Isbell, Keller Williams, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Pokey LaFarge, Blackberry Smoke, Larry Keel, and many more.
In 2012 Vandyke took home 1st place in the Richard Leigh Songwriters Competition with his song "Huck Finn" taking Best of show. 2014 he was named a Telluride Troubadour, a nationally renowned honor given to ten of the nations best singer/songwriters in the U.S., and also being named a top ten finalist for the Visit Music City Songwriting Competition.
Vandyke credits various aspects of traditional musical genres native to his modest upbringing in the Appalachian region. He blends numerous influences ranging from heart wrenching folk and roots music to the soulful application of blue's and jazz, without sacrificing where he comes from. These various influences are put on display through the melodic compositions orchestrated by Driftin' Westward by incorporating foot stomping rhythms, ear pleasing melodies, and deep insightful songwriting that will make you reevaluate placing the him within the category of a single genre.
The Vandyke released his debut “The White Coat EP” at the end of 2011, and hasn't stopped since. Concocting a boisterous list of original material that's sure to raise the eyebrows of any critic. The debut release was produced by Grammy Award winning David Castle of Castle Recording (Best Bluegrass Album for his work with The Clinch Mountain Boys, Jim Launderdale and Ralph Stanley for the album Lost In The Lonesome Pines). The short, but moving EP demonstrates the potential of DW’s musical muscle and entices one to ponder what's to come in the future.
Driftin' Westward plan to drop a follow up LP this spring by the name of "Portrait of a Nomad". A project whose context is based upon his last four years touring and performing. Look for it this spring.

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