THE BAND CALLED DRAGLAND
Born and raised in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Dragland moved to New York State as a teenager and that’s where he found rock n’ roll. He began performing in smoky bars at the age of 17 and in his early 20s he followed the music to San Francisco. Dragland has spent the last 11 years playing lead guitar in Bay Area bands like Gold Minor, Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits and First Church of the Sacred Silversexual. As co-owner of Gulch Alley Studios and co-founder of The Gold Rush music festival, he is a dynamic member of the SF music community.
2017 will see the release of the debut album from Dragland. The 7-song LP was recorded and mixed at Gulch Alley, and is a vibrant mixture of gritty rock, folk and country. The record spans acoustic ballads perfect for long desert drives and high energy anthems built for packed concert halls. Dragland is joined by longtime musical comrade Michael Carney on bass, lending an intriguing low end to the songs. Dragland's accessible lyrics and dancing guitar riffs reveal an authentic vulnerability. The whole band kicks it up a notch live, driven by Dragland’s relentless energy and his raspy, melodic voice. Bay Area veteran legends Brendan Getzell on keys and drummer Charlie Knote add to the formidable musical backbone of the live performances. The Bay Bridged says that Dragland "...has the song writing talents of a great neoclassicist Country performer, like Mel Tillis or Dolly Parton, but the frantic guitar and passion of the alternative music movement. The word genuine gets thrown around a lot, but it's the only word that really fits Dragland’s performance." The first single, "Movin' On" was released in July of 2017 and the full record is available at www.dragland.bandcamp.com and on all online music retailers as of Nov. 15, 2017.