Every so often I’ll spin an album for the first time and be so utterly enchanted with what I hear that I almost don’t trust my own first impression. In those instances I immediately run through the platter again to make certain the music is as good as I thought it was. I tend to hear flaws the second time around and often the subsequent impressions fail to match those that preceded it.
The Deer Run Drifters blow that theory right out of the water with sophomore full-length “Restless Youth.” This twangy gem of a 12-track release blew me away from the outset and, if anything, gets BETTER every time I listen. Comprised of two sets of brothers — Chris & Joe Link and Shane & Sean Edgell — along with pals Will Norton and Josh Penn, the Drifters have earned comparisons to the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show and The Avett Brothers, and they deliver at every turn on the 59-minute release.
Listeners are lured right in with “Good Days” and the title track, and The Deer Run Drifters later impress with personal favorite “Nrvana’d,” “Cadillac Ranch,” “Down in the Gutter,” “The Train Song,” “You Go to Hell, I’m GOin’ Drinking” and “Float Away.” You won’t find a misstep from this Virginia-based outfit and I can’t wait for them to make a tour stop in the Pittsburgh area. You better believe I’ll be there when they do. (Jeffrey Sisk)