Midnight North, the Bay Area roots and folk act, has released their latest single, “Silent Lonely Drifter” today on Americana Vibes. The song is the final in a series of singles off the band’s forthcoming album There’s Always a Story.
"Here we have a folk melody reminiscent of the timeless string music heard in the Appalachian region,” shared songwriter Nathan Graham. “Lyrically simple - the tune gives thanks to the inevitable and natural balance that exists in this universe - no matter the day or the moon. I shared the tune with Grahame on a day off down south a few years back. Listen to "Silent Lonely Drifter" right here -> https://fanlink.to/MN_SLD.
It definitely still needed something on the lyrical side, and Grahame had the idea to identify each verse with different full moons in the yearly cycle. Each full moon carries a unique weight to those surviving down below - so we made a connection from each moment (verse) to each full moon.”
There's Always a Story represents a new chapter for Midnight North. Ten stories told through song on their most polished album to date.
Grahame Lesh, guitar and vocals shared, “Nathan would play us snippets of 'Silent Lonely Drifter' on tour whenever he would get ahold of a banjo, and once he showed me the full song I always hoped we'd get a chance to play & sing it with Midnight North. The song was close to fully formed when he brought it to the band, and the melody & chord progression were so intuitive that we latched onto it quickly when we finally started tracking it in the studio. It really came together when we made Nathan sing the melody as Elliott & I wove harmonies around him. Now that we've played it live 'Silent Lonely Drifter' is one of my favorite of our songs to sing in harmony!”
Reflecting on the time since their origin, Midnight North is ready to tell the world their story. A group of multi-instrumentalists with songwriting roots in Folk and Americana, Midnight North is a mainstay on the stages of the national touring circuit.
Rolling Stone hailed Midnight North as the “Best New Act” in its review of 2018’s Peach Music Festival saying the band “takes the best parts of roots music and weaves them into a tapestry of rock and Americana.”
The band recently wrapped up an east coast stint, including a stop at the Relix Studio in New York City as well as a handful of dates that featured Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.
Midnight North will be touring Big Sky Country this weekend with a handful of dates that include:
July 9 - Buffalo Saloon and Casino - Bigfork, MT
July 10 - Love Field - Bozeman, MT
July 12 - Center for the Arts - Jackson, WY
More dates are expected to be announced in support of There’s Always a Story in the coming weeks.