Driftwood Soldier | photo by Erin Clark | courtesy of the artist

West Philly’s Bobby Szafranski and Owen Lyman-Schmidt have delivered their stripped-down, Tom Waits-y style of folk for the past several years under the Driftwood Soldier banner, and this week appeared on the WXPN Folk Show to share word of their latest endeavors.

Utilizing mandolin, bass and Lyman-Schmidt’s gruff vocal delivery, the duo performed three songs — “Rosalee,” “John Henry” and “Sunny Side” — and chatted with Folk Show host Ian Zolitor for about a half hour. They discussed the origins of their self-styled “gutter folk” identity, their new slow-release B-Sides EP, as well as West Philly Porchfest, the annual community event the bandmates sit on the organizing committee of. 

Give the full performance a listen below, and check out the new live video for “Sunny Side,” Driftwood Soldier’s entry into the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest.

Driftwood Soldier on the WXPN Folk Show 03.18.2018