Golf & Guitars New Artist Update: The Dirt Drifters

Golf and Guitars is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and concert featuring nationally recognized & major label country music artists that raises money for two key children’s charities here in Sacramento. Golf and Guitars, hosted by Jack Ingram and sponsored by 105.1 FM KNCI, will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course. Ticket prices start at only $30 and are on sale now! Click HERE to buy now! The Dirt Drifters will join Jack Ingram, Clay Walker, Ty Herndon, Love & Theft, Deana Carter, Julie Roberts, Chuck Wicks, Bryan White, John Berry, Jimmy Wayne and Steel Magnolia.

Who are The Dirt Drifters?
They met in Nashville, five musicians from four states with backgrounds from across the spectrum and a hunger to make music that matters. Their growing suspicion that they had something special was confirmed over and over as they took to the road. Fans in one club after another reacted as they always do in the presence of the real thing, and the Dirt Drifters began attracting a rabid and loyal following.

By name and position they are lead singer/guitarist Matt Fleener, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Fleener, vocalist/guitarist Jeff Middleton, bassist Jeremy Little and drummer Nick Diamond. They bring resumes that embrace country, rock, funk and R&B to bear on a gritty, lyrical roadhouse country that offers something substantial to the heart, the mind and the dance floor. One of the best summations of their brand of magic came from the last member to join the group. Bass player Jeremy Little saw the others live and, he says, “I was floored. I knew this was where I belonged musically. It was fun. It was entertaining. I thought Matt was one of the most charismatic people I’d ever seen onstage. It was everything about music I wanted to be a part of.”

After several years together, road-tested, club-polished, they signed to Warner Bros. Records, which is turning them loose on a full-scale national audience with a soon-to-be-released CD called This Is My Blood. Produced by Justin Niebank, the phenomenal musical talent known for work with Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, among others, it comes from that place where world-class songwriting weaves compelling stories from life’s good and bad—stories all the more riveting for their truth.

“Everything on the record is our life,” says Matt. “Not only are we playing all the music on the album and writing the songs, we’ve lived them.”

“Luckily,” adds Ryan, “we had the opportunity to do our own thing. We weren’t pigeonholed and we’re very happy to be in that position.”

Their first single, “Something Better,” is the perfect distillation of their sound, loud, raucous, insightful and intelligent all at once.

The Dirt Drifters play top-drawer country music, bringing vintage sounds and sensibilities up to date in a country landscape hungry to reconnect with its roots.

“We’re a country band,” says Jeff, “and I think that comes from the songwriting. We’ve all lived out the lyrics of these songs, struggling from paycheck to paycheck. I think that’s one of the main reasons audiences connect with this music.”

Theirs is music that wears the dust and grit of life’s highway, and it’s about to be catapulted from the roadhouses to the nation’s airwaves, to be cranked in old pick-ups and vintage Cadillacs alike. It is music meant to be experienced by all the senses. Strap yourself in.

Click HERE to check out The Dirt Drifter’s video for Something Better.

To buy tickets to this year’s Golf & Guitars, click HERE to go to

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