Artist Spotlight #6 – The Driftless

In preparation for the upcoming Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, we will be featuring interviews with the performing bands. The Festival will be held March 9 and 10 at Scopazzi’s.

1. How do you describe your music or . . .  what style of music do you play?
We draw from country blues, folk, old time, jug band, early jazz and bluegrass music, among other genres.  Our songs feature three-part harmonies, high lonesome fiddling, and intricate mandolin solos.   A fun part of the band is that all three members are prolific songwriters, and our originals are inspired by personal experiences, such as living in beautiful California landscapes, the travels we’ve taken and the people and animals who share our lives.

2. Who is in the band?
Megan Saunders – mandolin, banjo, vocals
Blair McLaughlin – fiddle, guitar, vocals
Nicole Campbell – guitar, fiddle, vocals

3. When and where are you playing at the Boulder Creek Bluegrass Festival?
Saturday, March 10th at 7:00pm at Scopazzi’s

4. Who are you influences?
In no particular order: Nina Simone, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin, The Carter Family, Tommy Jarrell, Lady Gaga, Bruce Molsky, Bill Monroe, The Decemberists, Tom Waits, The Blue Sky Boys, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley… honestly, the list could go on and on!

5. Is there a website people can visit to hear your music?
Please check us out at  or  We are a new band and would love to hear from you!

6. Name one of your crowd-favorite tunes (please):
I will narrow it down to three:  Long Dark Highway (Saunders), Capay (McLaughlin), Oh No the Seasons (Campbell).

7. Anything else you’d like to say to the fine people of Boulder Creek?
Thanks for supporting such a great local festival.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Thanks also to the Boulder Creek Insider for putting the word out about local music.

Click Below to hear The Driftless play “Tell Me True”



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