The Driveway Drinkers began when Candice Maintz and Matt Stropes met as neighbors on the outskirts of Kansas City. A product of many nights of gatherings at driveway fire-pits and outbuildings along with years of playing in Americana and alt-rock bands. With Candice's one-of-a-kind voice and the unique tone of Matt's pedal steel, the sound was already unlike anything else out there. Dave Stropes joined adding another songwriter, a second vocalist, and the sounds of mandolin, guitar, and bass. Larry Peery soon joined the mix bringing his lead guitar skills and perfectionist mindset. The final piece of the puzzle was the addition of Lanny Meekins on drums. The result is a full, rich sound built on the foundation of two strong vocalists and the unmistakable sound of pedal steel.
While focused on original material, the Driveway Drinkers can also bring a catalog of their favorite Red Dirt and Americana artists and songs to fill the night. Typical sets include material from artists like Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Cody Jinks and the Turnpike Troubadours along with some well crafted original songs.
Driveway Drinker - noun
One who gathers with other like-minded people to engage, explore and every once in a while solve complex worldly issues through conversation, music and celebration on a shared patch of gravel, dirt or concrete typically used for the storage of automobiles, boats and whatnot.