In the immediate wake of David Bowie’s passing, fans worldwide rushed to social media to commemorate the genius by posting statuses with lyrics to favorite songs, iconic music videos, and favorite Bowie moments.
Today, Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond documents The Continental Drifters’ early years in Los Angeles and the band's love of cover songs. Once a version of the band moved to New Orleans in 1993, their shows regularly included musical guests, and accommodating them required the band to learn to play other people’s songs. As bassist Mark Walton says, that wasn’t his forte, but it became one of the band’s hallmarks.
The Continental Drifters were inevitable at a number of levels. Why wouldn’t musicians with similar record collections want to get together to write, sing and play? People do it every day in every city in America. In their case though, the city was Los Angeles so the quality and profile of the players were elevated, but the same basic impulses that lead to every band led to The Continental Drifters.