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Drexel and Friends
July 20 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Drexel & Friends
Show 8:00 Summer Hours
Drexel was born and raised in North Carolina and first got paid playing guitar in the role of one of Uncle Henry’s farm hands at the Land of Oz theme park on Beech Mountain, North Carolina. At Appalachian State University he co-founded “The New Stoney Creek Original String Band” which opened for Seals and Crofts, the Dooby Brothers, and a very young Daryl Hall and John
Oates. After college Drexel lived in Austria and toured Europe with an international folk-rock ensemble called “Sein.” His first solo recording project emerged from a sweaty week in Rome in 1977 and supplied just enough profit to buy an engagement ring for his fiancé. Upon return to the USA, he entered seminary and an obscure but steady career throughout the 80’s and 90’s writing songs, performing in a host of smoky, out-of- the-way pubs and clubs while serving as a chaplain on a psychiatric ward, pastor of three churches, a denominational bureaucrat, and a father to a
In 2001, the bluegrass band “Front Range” recorded one of Drexel’s compositions which went to number 1 on the bluegrass gospel charts in May of 2002. From 2002-2005, he collaborated with the acoustic rock “Bob Amos Band” both touring and recording. Drexel released a second album in 2007 entitled, “Cherokee Road.” One of the cuts from Cherokee Road, “I Wanna Be Bart Starr,” earned Drexel honors as a Mid-Atlantic Regional
Finalist in the 2007 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. One reviewer said of Drexel’s work, “Drexel Rayford proves his place as a both a charming personality and a storyteller.” Another
opined that, “His music is honest in a heartfelt, easy-going way, something increasingly hard to find in a world overstuffed with desk-pounding broadcast talking heads.”
Drexel working on a new album which will include the musicianship of Don Wendorf, Melanie Rodgers and others. It’s tentatively entitled,;Days of the Empire." Keep watching for an autumn release, or maybe the spring – or summer.