Sad news, former Drivin' n' Cryin' guitarist Buren Fowler passed away this past Friday according to the DnC website. Buren played with DnC from 1988 to 1993. If you lived in Myrtle Beach in those days you more than likely saw DnC with Buren playing more than once. During that time they recorded "Mystery Road", "Fly Me Courages", "Smoke" and "Wrapped In Sky". Before joining DnC, Buren was Peter Buck of R.E.M.'s guitar tech and would play 2nd guitar or the "Pagentry" and "Work" tours.
One of the perks of this job is getting new music early...sometimes MONTHS early. Last Oct or Nov, I don't really remember that far back, I got a burned CD in the mail from one of my record guy's with a sticky note on it that said "This is your new favorite band". In sharpie SKATERS "Manhattan" was written on it. So with a note like that how could I not check it out? Turns out he was right, I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!! It's really been in my car stereo since I got it. The album finally came out a week or so ago and I'm still not tired of it at all.
While I was cruising around the interwebs today I came across DIFFUSER.FM and a couple of videos of SKATERS performing. This is the first time I have seen them play at all. Based on this, it is now my goal to get them here this summer. Check it out.