Press Release:

Posted by Robert Bartosh
February 11, 2015 - 1:35pm EST

AUSTIN, Texas — New places and sounds can be so rewarding. A refreshing case in point is MilkDrive’s third studio release, Places You’ve Not Been


Set for release March 31, 2015, by Bismeaux Records, Places is a treat from start to finish. Self-produced, this super-tight album consists largely of original material expressive of the band’s wide influences and maturing talents. 


A power team of award-winning multi-instrumentalists, MilkDrive has become a fixture in Austin’s growing bluegrass and acoustic music scene. Founding members Brian Beken, Dennis Ludiker and Noah Jeffries met as youngsters and co-contestants of Idaho’s own National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest. Hailing from San Diego is the band’s newest member, bassist Jesse Dalton. 


From the first track, “Take Too Long,” listeners quickly get to cash in musically on the song’s alluring promise of toe-tapping glory found “in all the places you’ve not been.” Beken’s skills as a vocalist and main writer shine through in the mysterious haunts, “John Paul,” and “The Water,” and fans will enjoy instrumental highlights, “Orion’s Waltz” and “Delephine.”  


 MilkDrive's upcoming shows include:


March 5 – Grand Stafford Theater, Bryan, Texas

March 6 – Mucky Duck – Houston

March 7 – BIG NAC Music Festival – Nacogdoches, Texas

March 13 – Harvest House – Denton, Texas

March 14 – Cactus Cafe – Austin

March 15 – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels, Texas

March 20 – The Churchyard – Corpus Christi, Texas

March 21 – Fischer Haus Cantina – Fischer, Texas

March 26 – Dan’s Silverleaf – Denton, Texas (with Head for the Hills)

March 27 – Live at the Liberty – Watonga, Oklahoma

March 28 – Blue Door – Oklahoma City

March 29 – That Guy’s Coffee, Paris, Texas

April 17 – Old Settler’s Music Festival, Driftwood, Texas

May 1 – Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas (opening for Asleep at the Wheel)

May 2 – The Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches, Texas

May 16 – Bluegrass Festival, Buhl, Germany

May 17 – Kulturzentrum Alts Schlachthuus, Laufen, Switzerland

May 9 – Dosey Doe Music Cafe, Conroe, Texas

May 30 – Bugle Boy, LaGrange, Texas

June 13 – Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival, Palisade, Colorado

June 21 – Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas

July 11 & 12 – Frankfort Bluegrass Festival, Frankfort, Ill.