Continental Drifters

All-star roots pop outfit the Continental Drifters were formed in Los Angeles in late 1991 by ex-Dream Syndicate bassist Mark Walton and expatriate New Orleans musicians Carlo Nuccio (drums) and Ray Ganucheau (guitar); after enlisting guitarist Gary Eaton (who had previously worked with Giant Sand and Steve Wynn) and keyboardist Danny McGough (ex-Liquor Giants and 7 Deadly 5), the group played each Tuesday night at the Hollywood club Raji's and attracted a fervent local following. Over time, the Continental Drifters' roster swelled to include a number of auxiliary players including ex-dB Peter Holsapple, his wife Susan Cowsill and former Bangle Vicki Peterson; after McGough left the group, Holsapple assumed keyboard duties full-time. Their debut single, "The Mississippi," followed on Bob Mould's S.O.L. label in 1992. The single was meant to be a preview of an album that was nearly completed in 1993 but shelved by the band after several personnel changes made it unrepresentative of the group. By the time the single was released, Cowsill and Peterson had joined on a permanent basis as well.

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