Looking like a Hitchhike to Rhome-era Rhett Miller of Old 97s (minus the glasses), Farewell Drifters frontman Zach Bevill might be the world’s first bluegrass pinup. His Nashville quintet employed a slew of friends armed with mandolins, fiddles, and banjos to make the pop-influenced Americana of their full-length debut, Yellow Tag Mondays. If it’s sunny, harmony-laden roots music you seek, these songs would make a fine addition to your next mix CD alongside the Jayhawks and Avett Brothers, especially “Virginia Bell”, “Wake Up”, and the Beatles cover “For No One”. If you prefer either cynicism or cornpone gimmicks, you’re barking up the wrong tree. These guys don’t do angst, and they don’t wear overalls.
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