Oak Hill Drifters show preview

Orlando country purists the Oak Hill Drifters do not mess around. Although the trio seems to be open to playing with pretty much anyone in pretty much any venue, they always seem to transform any bill into a shit-kicking twang-fest of the highest order. The group’s approach to classic country amps up the raw, good-time swing of Bob Wills and Webb Pierce, while eschewing sad-sack balladry and countrypolitan shimmer. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that this weekend’s Oak Hill gig finds the trio going full-on honky-tonk style, turning McRaney’s Tavern into something called “the Hicklebilly Hoedown.” In addition to the Drifters, the show also features the likeminded twang-banging of Giddy Up Go, record-spinning from WPRK’s DJ White Lightning, the Burlesque Troops and even free Miller High Life.

First appeared Jan. 27, 2011 in Orlando Weekly.

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