Drayton & The Dreamboats
Dreamy swing, Latin & vocal ballads • $5 Cover at Door
Formed in 2014 by vocalist & fiddler Drayton Aldridge, Drayton & The Dreamboats perform timeless music with a well-crafted mix of old school swing jazz, honky tonk and rock ‘n roll from the golden age of radio, Drayton & The Dreamboats have captured the attention and imagination of fans in western North Carolina & beyond.
Their shows are polished, interactive & endlessly entertaining. With clever arrangements & rock-solid musicianship, the band breathes new life into some of the 20th century’s greatest tunes. Their unique approach transcends nostalgia and offers listeners something both vintage & new.
Bandleader Drayton Aldridge is a singular force on the violin, mixing a classical upbringing with jazz chops, country fiddle licks and more than a touch of rock & roll swagger. According to Lyndsay Pruett, renowned fiddler for the Jon Stickley Trio, “You can’t hide behind the violin. Drayton lays it all out there for the listener: pain, laughter, playfulness, fury. I think that is what attracts so many people to his live performances.”
At the end of the day though, it is Drayton’s vocals that truly set this band apart. He sings with a relaxed confidence, caressing each vowel as he mines every phrase for emotion. Backed up by some of Asheville’s most talented musicians on electric guitar, upright bass and drums, Drayton invites listeners into a whole other world with his soulful voice.
Drayton & the Dreamboats are: vocalist and violinist Drayton Aldridge, guitarist Tim Doyle, bassist Craig Sandberg & drummer Mattick Frick.