Black River Drifters

Black River Drifters



Don Norman
MB Canada
1 204 899 8406


“Manitoba country album of the year. ★★★★★”
— Winnipeg Free Press

“Drive by Feel is a challenger in any class of Americana/roots music”
— Winnipeg Free Press

“Very good, very low-down …★★★★.” 
— Saskatoon StarPhoenix


Winnipeg’s Black River Drifters draw on the past but are pushing the boundaries of alt-country/roots rock. Their two albums have won high praise from fans and critics alike, and their electrifying live show is a must-see for music lovers of all ages and walks of life.

Often compared to Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams and The Old 97s, BRD’s debut album Hearts Gone Cold received praise from local and national press when it was released in 2015, and early reviews of their second album Drive by Feel are even stronger. In the words of the Winnipeg Free Press’ Jeff Monk the “hard folk sound and darker lyrical subject matter reveals a mature feel... a whole new realm of listenability.”

The band’s sound is framed by principal songwriter Don Norman and realized by the powerful dual lead vocals of Norman and drummer Ryan Cyr, whose soaring combined harmonies can make a room stop. Cyr and bassist Kevin Morin (bass) hold down the rock-solid rhythm section and Leo Kopelow's down to earth — and at times unhinged — lead guitar ties the package together.

The expectations are high for Black River Drifters' latest release, Drive by Feel. The album was launched digitally on all major platforms in February, and has earned new listeners from around the globe. Tracks are already being picked up by college radio. The band is currently promoting their upcoming CD release in May at the iconic Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club in Winnipeg. The release will be followed up by a fall tour.



Glowing 5-star review in Winnipeg Free Press.

Completed second album Drive by Feel with producer Todd Hunter and engineer Michael Falk (Weakerthans, JP Hoe). Launched on all digital platforms.
Completed video for first single.
Shared bills with Grapes of Wrath, New Meanies, Ridley Bent, Union Duke, Sean Burns, The Honeysliders and more.
Well-received performances at a number of Manitoba and Ontario festivals (Winnipeg Fringe Festival main stage, Downtown ManyFest main stage, Shine On, Sherbrook Street Festival, etc)
Consistent airplay on CBC Radio and college radio across Canada, regular interviews on college radio
Debut album release selected as one of CBC's "Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend"
Mentions on, Folk Alliance Region West, Americana Music News, Exclaim Magazine, and Twang Nation, the blog of prominent Americana critic Baron Lane, who curates social media for the GRAMMYs


“A whole new realm of listenability.” 
— Jeff Monk, Winnipeg Free Press

“Back-road ramblers that deliver a good swift punch”
— Exclaim! Magazine


Drive by Feel



"Down Near El Paso" from Drive by Feel

Drive by Feel



"Rumble Strips" from Drive by Feel

Hearts Gone Cold



"The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run" from Hearts Gone Cold


These Chains I'm In by Black River Drifters

The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run by Black River Drifters

Introducing Black River Drifters by Black River Drifters


Drive by Feel

Drive by Feel Black River Drifters

Released: May 5, 2018

Producer: Don Norman, Leo Kopelow, Todd Hunter

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Hearts Gone Cold

Hearts Gone Cold Black River Drifters

Released: March 20, 2015

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  Bill Venue  
Black River Drifters
Kevin Peters
The New Customs
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club
234 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB

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