In New York Music Daily's 100 Best Songs of 2013, and Best 30 NYC Concerts of 2013.
"One of the most poignant, impactful singers in Americana music and a stunningly eclectic, sophisticated songwriter ... and she has a great band." -


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Drina Seay Sings Haunting and Happy Americana at 2A

by delarue

Drina Seay is one of the best-kept secrets in the New York Americana scene. Revered by her peers, she earned a reputation as a go-to harmony singer and then all of a sudden was fronting a killer band with a more-or-less regular residency at Lakeside Lounge. With Lakeside gone and Rodeo Bar out of the music business, she’s been without a home base, but she’s kept at it. She and the band – Homeboy Steve Antonakos on lead guitar, Monica “L’il Mo” Passin on bass and Eric Seftel on drums – were at the top of their game upstairs at 2A this past weekend, playing a characteristically rich mix of noir 60s rock, luridly torchy ballads, some janglerock and a little oldschool C&W.

The high point of the show was the slowest song, Chase My Blues Away. It’s a real showstopper, and Seay pulled out all the stops, beginning with just her own solo vocal-and-guitar intro before the drums came in, slow and dirgey. This time the song was more about the blues than chasing them away, at least until Antonakos did that midway through with a thrashing,  jaggedly menacing solo.

Seay kept the darkly twangy songcraft going, through a relatively new, enigmatic new breakup song, part southwestern gothic, party noir Vegas shuffle, lit up by Antonakos’ eerie tarantella leads. His steely minimalist fills paired off against Seay’s crystalline, wounded vocals on Waking Up Crying. Then he played blazing slide guitar on the menacingly bouncy kiss-off anthem All For You over Passin’s torchy Pink Panther-style walking bassline.

Seay told the crowd that she’d written the unselfconsciously gorgeous, lushly nocturnal, oldtimey-flavored I Couldn’t Have Dreamed You on her ukulele, so she capoed her guitar way up in order to play the sweetly coy central hook. The rest of the set was more upbeat: the Sugar Magnolia-tinged Watcha Gonna Do; a slinky, nocturnal, Creedence-ish swamp rock tune; and a couple of animated, garage rock-flavored Antonakos tunes. They closed by taking Delaney & Bonnie’s early 70s top 40 hit Never Ending Song of Love full circle, back to the country that those Brits only wish they knew well enough to really get it right the first time around. Seay’s next show is Sept 19 at 9 PM at the Way Station in Ft. Greene; Antonakos is at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St. in Jackson Heights tonight with his 1920s style Greek gangsta blues band Dervisi.

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A Killer Free Download From Drina Seay
by delarue

New York songwriter and bandleader Drina Seay seemingly came out of nowhere to become one of the great voices in pretty much every style of Americana music. For her, Americana means jazz and soul music in addition to country and blues. Her blend of all these vocal styles is one of the things that distinguishes her; the other is her songwriting, which draws equally powerfully on all of those genres as well. For the moment, she has an intriguing ep of original songs available for free download at her site. The lineup here features her on acousttic guitar along with Homeboy Steve Antonakos doing his usual virtuoso job, this time on both acoustic and electric, backed by Skip Ward’s terse bass.

The first song, Don’t Keep Me Waiting Too Long works off a catchy rustic fingerpicked bluegrass riff, Seay”s voice alternately stern and alluring, Antonakos firing off a sizzling solo. It wouldn’t be out of place in the Mary Lee Kortes songbook. The second cut, a big, torchy concert favorite, is Chase My Blues Away. Seay’s lurid, aching, reverbtoned vocals have a Neko Case menace matched by Antonakos’ blue-flame slide guitar: it’s one of the best songs written by anybody in this town in recent years. The last track, Whatcha Gonna Do, brings back Seay’s blend of bluegrass and classic pop chops. Watch this space for future show dates.

Shows this Saturday and Tuesday at the Rodeo Bar 

Hey Folks! I've got a couple things coming up real soon:

This Tuesday, June 18, 10:30pm to ?
The Rodeo Bar, 3rd Ave. and 27th
w/ Homeboy Steve - guitar, Monica Passin - bass, and Eric Seftel - drums
as part of Lindy Loo's Country Cuzins!
Lindy Loo and Her Lucky Fellers - 9pm
Uncle Leon, rare solo set - 10pm
then a SURPRISE solo artist!

Also, this Saturday, June 18, Rodeo Bar, 10:30pm
A Nationwide Waylon Birthday Party to support the Waylon Fund!
I'll be singing one with the host himself Sean Kershaw

"Rodeo Bar is proud to host the NYC installment featuring Sean Kershaw & the NY Country All-Stars, a who's who of honkytonk performers doin it not quite the way Hank woulda done it to raise cash for diabetes research! More info at The Waylon Fund for Diabetes Birthday bash
Even if you can't come to this event, If you like Waylon but not diabetes please join this FB group and find out more ways to help! Waylon Jennings Birthday Bash Facebook group"

Possum Night - Thursday, May 23 

I'll be singing a duet with Homeboy Steve on this night of tribute to the late, great George Jones, hosted by Elena Skye and Boo Reiners of the Demolition String Band.

Other special guests: Teddy Thompson, Laura Cantrell, Michael Daves (Chris Thile), Aaron Lee Tasjan (New York Dolls, Sylvain, Sylvain), Gene Casey, Alana Amram, Danny Weiss and Mary Olive Smith (Reckon So), Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams, Iris Dement), Tony Leone (Shooter Jennings, Phil Lesh), Liz Tormes and Fiona McBain (Ollabelle, Big Bright), Jack and Daria Grace, Fran Leadon, Queen Esther, Monica Passin, Steve Strunsky, Sheriff Uncle Bob, Sean Kershaw, Mick Hargraeves, Diego Britt and more...

This Sunday 4/14 at the Treehouse! 

 Have you hard the news? I have a new bass player - Monica "Li'l Mo" Passin! I'll also have Homeboy Steve (guitar) and Eric Seftel (percussion) with me, playing at the Treehouse at 2A (25 Ave. A at 2nd St.) this Sunday at 9pm! This is show number 2 for us, and we have a bunch of new songs to play for you. No cover, tips greatly appreciated.

I was gonna keep it a secret, but I just can't: since the show is on April 14, Loretta Lynn's birthday, Monica and I are gonna sing a Loretta tune together! I consider Monica to be our local Loretta authority, so this is a real treat for me.

Then at 11pm, I'll join Homeboy Steve on harmony vocals for a set of his songs. He'll also have members of the Dirty Water Dogs with him, too.

Also, Bryan Dunn at 10pm.

Thanks to Tom Clark for having us at the grooviest place to be on a Sunday night!

New, new, new! 

My next show is at ZirZamin on 3/24 at 7pm, first band show in nearly a year! I'm going to do a bunch of new material, originals and covers, and we've re-arranged a bunch of the old ones to accomodate - get this - my electric guitar. Rock!

Also, I've got the most fabulous new bass player - Monica "Li'l Mo" Passin! I've been singing with Monica for years with her amazing and so-much-fun band Li'l Mo and the Monicats. It was just about a year ago that I went to Asheville, North Carolina with her to record her latest album, Whole Lotta Lovin'.  This is from that record, with yours truly on the harmony vocals: