Live at the Caspar Inn
Bringing together the sounds of bluegrass, gypsy, and rock--with some country ballads and a little funk to round it out--the Dirt Floor form a dynamic part of a West Coast faction of bands who style is hard to pin down. One fan described their sound as gypsy-glam-grass--a label that seems to have stuck. Live performances showcase the band's varied offerings with a raw, ragged-edged intensity that incites the audience to go wild with them. Formed in Mendocino County in 2006, Adam Sullivan, Andrew Hudson, and Jeff Stovall started as a string band of three singer-songwriters, each bringing a range of musical tastes to the table. The result was a genre-bending sound that has become the foundation for the now five-piece band. In '08 Kyle Madrigal joined to play bass, then Bobby Cochran on the drums in '09, adding a solid, driving rhythm section. Their eponymous first album came soon after, followed by the 2010 release of a live disc that captures the infectious energy that has led them to play events and festivals with The Devil Makes 3, Hot Buttered Rum, Sean Hayes, Blue Turtle Seduction, Asylum Street Spankers, Rita Hoskings, and Town Mountain. The band has developed a fan base drawn to their high energy, up-tempo beat coupled with aggressively earnest lyrics that shamelessly display the more difficult and awkward sides of life. They deliver both with easy humor and an undeniable conviction that can make their songs resonate long after the show is over. Whether it's a political song, or a song rife with angst, fear, or sadness, or a pointless song that is simply an excuse to rock, the Dirt Floor Band puts everything they have into their music with reckless abandon.