Grand Drive

Wednesday is band practice day. It went well today although it was a little short - two hours instead of the usual three.

We all went to the pub afterwards. We were talking about music and tossing various bands back and forth. Chris mentioned a band called Grand Drive. He had borrowed the CD from the library and thought I might like it.

He lent me the CD and I do indeed like it very much. I’m listening to it right now.

It sounds a *lot* like The Band, which is no bad thing in my opinion. From the style of music and the accompanying accent, I assumed the band to be American.

Imagine my surprise then, when browsing the Grand Drive website, to see pictures of the band in Brighton. Then I notice most of their tour dates are in England.

It turns out the band are from south London. Listening to the music, I would have placed them thousands of miles away.

Some people thought it was strange that such a quintessentially southern sounding group like The Band actually came from Canada. Imagine what it would be like to find out that Robbie Robertson was from Croydon or that Richard Manuel sprang from the streets of Peckham.

Ah, well. It’s still a great album.

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