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Driftwood the Musical

by The Driftwood Players

A musical play reminiscent of old time radio broadcasts with characters, dialogue, sound effects, a heartwarming story and eight new songs written by Austin musicians. Go to The Driftwood Players Artist Page for digital downloads of "Songs From ..."
Genre: Spoken Word: Musical Comedy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Driftwood the Musical” is a tuneful glimpse into the essence of Joe Boudreaux, a resident of the mythical Gulf Coast village, Stingaree Pass. Joe mows lawns, fields, and easements in and around Stingaree Pass. He loves his life, his family and his lawn mower, which is a souped up machine that gets plenty of attention. When Joe revs it up, the mower becomes his palette knife; he is ‘a landscape artist,’ and the world, or at least Stingaree Pass, his canvas. On this particular day Joe confronts an unpleasant memory but is able to reconcile the past and rediscover contentment by day’s end.

The "Songs From..." begin with the introductory main theme and take the listener through the different characters' points of view covering several musical genre. The main vocalists are Craig Calvert as Joe Boudreaux, guitar, mandolin
Craig has busked on the streets of Switzerland and written the music for a three-act production commissioned by the Houston Ballet. During his diverse career, he has appeared on Austin City Limits, been covered by Lyle Lovett and co-founded the Austin Songwriters Group. Calvert is currently playing, performing and writing music with a variety of artists.

Laura Benedict -- Hannah
Laura has been a part of the Austin music scene for over 20 years. She was a member of the Texas show band, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, for 9 years and recently portrayed Patsy Cline in “Always, Patsy Cline” at Zachary Scott Theatre. She has worked with several local bands, including Memphis Train, Reunion, Hotcakes, and Hotwax. She has performed on recording projects for Walt Disney, Joe Skruggs, Gary Powell, Bonnie Raitt, and Jennifer Warnes, as well as numerous radio and television commercials.

Jaymie Graves – Cheryl Boudreaux
Jaymie is a versatile vocalist either in the studio recording her own eponymously named album or backing other bands. Onstage fronting her own band or providing back-up vocals for local groups Jaymie is tops in live performance and her wide range keeps her in demand. Discover her talent yourself at http://www.myspace.com/jaymiegravesband

Boo Resnick – Sheriff Carl Boudreaux, bass
Boo Resnick is a bassist/vocalist/songwriter, a seasoned professional for 35 years on the Austin music scene, a founding member of Ain't Misbehavin' (Austin's hot swing/vocal band) and CPR (CalvertPowellResnick.com), and a 14-year member of the wickedly funny Austin Lounge Lizards. A veteran of 4,000 gigs, countless studio sessions and commercials, he is currently playing with Hotcakes, America's band.

Mike Jackson – Dan, guitar, mandolin
Mike ‘T-Bird’ Jackson has been entertaining, writing, producing, and recording in Austin since the early 1970’s. Once a member of Duck Soup, he currently performs with Hotcakes and Murphy’s InLaws as a fulltime singer/guitarist.

Herman Bennett – Brother Pickle
Herman Bennett has been singing and recording since the ‘60s, fronting for a number of bands, including Ain’t Misbehavin’ (an Austin TX band popular in the ‘70s) and has CDs (Pay Attention and Ain’t Misbehavin’s Live Set) currently available through his website.

Johnny Edson – dispatch, guitar
Johnny Edson has been writing and recording over three decades. He played guitar for Uncle Uh-Uh and the Uh-Huhs, The Rio Snappers, Moonburn and Dad Gum Swing. Edson's CDs are available through CD Baby and his website.

Doug Powell – Dad, mandolin
Doug Powell has a long musical history in Austin, going back to the 70's with Ain't Misbehavin', the 80's with CPR (Calvert, Powell & Resnick) and the 90's with Dad Gum Swing, all the while keeping his social conscience intact as an original Otter with Bill Oliver & the Otter Space Band. A world-class mandolin player, he has recorded on dozens of albums.

Max Tolleson – Little Joey
Max Tolleson, though only 18 years old, has played professionally for five years, starting with the ‘teen rock’ band Max and Henry (with Henry Gillespie), Sea Fields of Elephants, and currently You and Me. He also plays solo gigs from time to time.

Sapphire Bell – Mom/Sister Colleen
Sapphire Sapphire is currently a leading yoga teacher at Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas. She also offers Kundalini yoga classes and Yin Yoga at the Lake Austin Spa Resort and plays music on the lake side for the guests with her husband, Jeremy, who accompanies her on the saxaphone. Such a soulful voice!

Rick DeLellis – sound/recording engineer
Rick DeLellis engineered the album at his Figment Studios in Austin. He also captured many of the sound effects. His talents and studio setting have served many recording artists, including many of the Driftwood players, other top notch Austin musicians and several well-known lecturers in the meditative arts and self-actualization.

Chip Dolan – piano, organ. accordian
Chip Dolan has been a full time touring and recording keyboardist in Austin since 1982, working with Tish Hinojosa, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Charlie Robison, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy Lafave, the Mavericks, Shelley King, the Austin Lounge Lizards, Hotcakes (America's Band), and an extensive list of other Austin-based artists...as well as fronting his own band since 2001. He released a solo record in 2006.

Joe Resnick – drums
Joe is from Detroit, Michigan where he was a percussion extra with Detroit symphony orchestra for ten years, and played big band shows with Billy Crystal and Eartha Kitt. His rock band up in the Motor City, Letter O, released three albums on A&M and Polygram. He is a member of Austin cover band Hotcakes and partner in Stardog Studio.


Floyd Domino – piano
Floyd Domino is a two-time Grammy Award winner. He has been much in demand since joining the legendary Asleep at the Wheel at age 19. He has his own album "Hightower Boogie" and produced and performed on five albums for children which are available at Amazon on Floyd's website.

David Miller – standup bass
David has been providing the solid bass for Asleep at the Wheel since 1992. David has performed on 14 of The Wheel’s albums garnering Grammy’s along the way. He has also been called upon to supply vocals and has the coolest electric upright bass in the biz.

David Sanger – drums
Dave Sanger is a multiple Grammy Award winner and collector of cigarette dispensers shaped as donkeys. He has recorded many CDs, albums and cassettes. He also writes songs and produces music and films when the mood hits him. Check out his Lazy SOB website.

Cindy Cashdollar – pedal steel guitar
Cindy Cashdollar, is an Austin steel guitar and Dobro great by way of Woodstock, NY. Cindy played with Asleep at the Wheel for years and has her own album "Slide Show." She has toured and recorded with Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Rod Stewart among many others and is a frequent guest musician on Prairie Home Companion.

Richard White – drums
Rich White is an Austin drummer/vocalist/songwriter originally from Alexandria, LA. He has performed and recorded with many artists including Peter Keane, Charlie Larkey, Mick Taylor, Sonny Throckmorton, Tracie Lynn, Marvin Dykhuis, Chip Dolan, Ted Roddy, Casper Rawls, Charles Thibodeaux, Darcie Deville, Cindy Cashdollar and Jimmy Lafave. Rich has also appeared at the Newport Folk festival and on The Tonight Show.

Kela Walton – harp
A native Texan, Kela Walton performs and records as a freelance harpist in the Austin area, using her Lyon & Healy Salzedo model concert grand pedal harp. She performed for four years as the harpist for Austin’s historic Driskill Hotel. Her orchestral credits include performances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, Waco Symphony, and other regional orchestras. She enjoys teaching harp and holds music degrees from the University of Texas and the University of Houston. She is an alumnus of the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.

Beth Blackerby
Beth Blackerby has played and taught professionally in Austin for 15 years. She plays with the Austin Lyric Opera, the Austin Symphony, and Chamber Soloists of Austin. She has taught at Texas Lutheran University, and ACC. She received her Masters of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Wisconsin. She and her husband own Blackerby Violin Shop.

Javier Chaparro – violin
Javier Chaparro, from Lima, Peru has been in the USA since 1982, playing violin with the Austin Symphony and the Austin Lyric Opera. For the last 17 years he has been Concert Master with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra in Bryan,Texas. He is one of the rare violinists that can play a variety of styles including Latin, Country, Classical, Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Hungarian Gypsy and many more. He is very active recording artist.

Rich Harney -- piano
Pianist, composer and vocalist Rich Harney is master of many styles. Rich has led his own bands, played with jazz greats and his new CD "Where Love Begins" is collecting even more accolades. Rich has several albums available at CD Baby and through Aardvark Records, Inc.

Jeremy Bell – saxophone
Jeremy has the talent to play styles ranging from Stan Getz to Charlie Parker and chooses to ply his trade accompanying his wife Sapphire at their gigs in and around Austin. The duo can be heard on You Tube and at Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Carolyn Hagler
Carolyn Hagler, a California native, is professional cellist living in Austin and currently performing with the popular "band" Mundi. Carolyn holds a Master's degree in music, performs with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and is available for all types of performance and recording opportunities.


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Ronnie Cooper

Driftwood the Musical
When I listened to Driftwood the Musical, it made me realize how advanced and fast paced the world is today. The musical
made me remember the most important things in life - love and feelings from the heart. It reminded me of a phrase I once read "Always follow your heart in all ways". This musical gave me a new look at life.

The core family realizes what they have and all the blessings that go with that - and then a stranger comes to tow town and they take him in. You have to appreciate that.

The highlight for me is when Cheryl says " Oh, Joe, you still take my breath away" at the end of Not Our Song... that's when I got it.

It's definitely a thumbs up!