The Druthers | By Teri Briggs

The Druthers paid a visit to Portland Radio Project Wednesday night to talk to Luke and Teri about their musical influences, new music, and recording challenges. Crowding into the booth were Kirk Duncan, Erin Adkisson, Jeff Simpson, Tanner Cundy, Ben Kohen, and Don Henson. As they are known to do, they made us laugh, and treated us to a mini-concert as they played many of their songs LIVE. Before we knew it, the evening was over, and we had to say goodbye.

DSC_7991The Druthers make heart-sweeping folk/pop with his and hers harmony. Kirk and Erin’s vocals mesh in a way that rips your heart out, but leaves you smiling in its wake. Accenting their vocals perfectly is a “song-serving flurry of trumpet, piano, organ, guitars, drums, and bass.” Whether they perform as a trio, quartet, or the full six-piece band, they evoke the likes of Swell Season and the Civil Wars; lying somewhere between Ben Harper and Ray Lamontagne. When they perform as a six-piece, you’ll see the moving parts pair up, communicating with their own language, i.e., Kirk & Erin, Tanner & Jeff, supported by the rhythm of Don & Ben. What results is “unmerciful, heartbreaking, uplifting and full of grace” music.

DSC_7996You only have to attend one Druthers show to get hooked and join their merry band of faithful followers. If you came in feeling sad and blue, by the time you leave, you will have a bounce in your step, a smile on your face, and a heart overflowing with joy.

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