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An acoustic band that plays Americana, roots and folk music with energy and passion. Male and female lead and harmony vocals, guitar, percussion, and mandolin. More details on our website -

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Based in Madison, Wisconsin, calicoDrifters incorporates a wide range of American song traditions in their distinctive delivery.

Criss-crossing the country from Boston to Baltimore to Georgia to Colorado, California, and numerous points between, calicoDrifters' extraordinary original songs tell the stories of everyday characters who live ordinary, rich and interesting American lives.

Rick's Cafe (September, 2006) reviewed their first CD and said this: "In a year filled with numerous outstanding local CD releases, along comes another, an album that is equally winsome and poignant. Dreams Are The Ponies We Ride is hauntingly sparse, conjouring images of rural American landscapes, wide-open places and people scarred by life's tribulation, and the music creates its own overtones of wisdom and pain, insight and sadness... I would highly recommend this recording to anyone who appreciates traditional folk styles and the pastoral form of Americana music." - Rick Tvedt

Their second CD, "Takin' On The Rain"
was released in November 2007. here's part of a review by Tom Laskin, Isthmus, 12/21/2007:

"With Takin' on the Rain, Madison's Calico Drifters deliver another easily digested collection of high-lonesome folk-rock and Americana... Burns and the Drifters' considerably more countrified female singer, Sue Prodell... manage to catch the subtleties of a troubled mind and the flickering warmth of a temporary love with real grace."

Their third CD, "Turning Home" was released in June 2009. Here's part of a review by Rich Albertoni, Isthmus, 08/21/2009:

"The CD thrives on the marriage of Thomas Burns' delicate and reflective songwriting and Sue Prodell's emotional vocals... The album satisfies as a bittersweet love letter that, despite its title, is never sure which turn leads home."

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Date Created: 2005-05-13
Last Edited: 2010-04-24


Don't Come Down Here
Don't Come Down Here has a traditional structure with a contemporary perspective. It's about identity, tradition, independence, and change.

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