Continental Drifters

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The Continental Drifters were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1991 and dissolved in New Orleans, Louisiana about a decade later. Though the line-up changed several times, at one point the band comprised a kind of college rock/indie-rock/power pop supergroup, including as it did Peter Holsapple of The dB's, Mark Walton of The Dream Syndicate, Bangle Vicki Peterson and Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills.[1]

On April 28, 2009, the group reunited for the fifth annual Threadhead Patry in New Orleans, LA during Jazz Fest daze between, followed by a show on May 1 at Carrollton Station, playing to a sold-out crowd.

In 2015, Omnivore Recordings issued a double album retrospective focused on unreleased and live tracks from the band's long history.[2][3] In September the band, including all members from both the Los Angeles era and the later New Orleans manifestations, came together for fundraising concerts in New Orleans and Los Angeles.[4][5]


  • "The Mississippi" b/w "Johnny Oops" (7"/45rpm, 1992, SOL)
  • Continental Drifters (1994, Monkey Hill/2001, Razor & Tie)
  • "I Can't Let Go" (CD, 1995, Sing Hollies in Reverse, Eggbert)
  • "Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway" b/w "Meet On The Ledge" (7"/45rpm, 1997, Black Dog)
  • Vermilion (CD, 1998, Blue Rose/1999, Razor & Tie)
  • "When You Dance, I Can Really Love" (CD, 1995, This Note's for You, Too: A Tribute to Neil Young, Inbetweens)
  • Better Day (CD, 2001, Razor & Tie/Blue Rose)
  • Listen, Listen (CDEP/10", 2001, Blue Rose)
  • Nineteen Ninety-Three (CD, recorded 1993/released 2003, Blue Rose)
  • Drifted: In The Beginning & Beyond (CD, released 2015, Omnivore Recordings)

Band members[edit]

Continental Drifters (2001 promo photo) From the left: Robert Mache, Russ Brousard, Mark Walton, Susan Cowsill - Top: Vicki Peterson, Peter Holsapple
  • Mark Walton - Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
  • Carlo Nuccio - Drums, Guitar, Vocals
  • Gary Eaton - Guitar, Vocals
  • Ray Ganucheau - Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
  • Dan McGough - Organ, Piano
  • Peter Holsapple - Guitar, Keyboards, Accordion, Mandolin, Vocals
  • Susan Cowsill - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
  • Vicki Peterson - Guitars, Vocals
  • Robert Maché - Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals
  • Russ Broussard - Drums


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