A 'Label' was Born
Born of salt and sunshine, Driftwood Records is an independent record label led by me, Conner Muir. Currently based out of a home studio in Oakland, CA, Driftwood Records was built to support the release of my self-recorded debut album, “The Same Salt.” The album is a culmination of one year of writing, recording, and producing. Everything you hear is the product of my own hands and heart, with two notable exceptions. The lovely Shanley Mitchell is the featured vocalist on “Shades of Silver,” and my dear brother, mentor, and best friend Eric Lovell took care of the mastering at his home studio (https://www.gigidover.com/blu-bubble-studios) in my hometown of Charlotte, NC.
The dream for Driftwood Records is for the label to serve as a hub for all present and future projects of mine, as well as collaborations with other creators in the community. I am inspired to create grassroots music that honors the earth and the human experience. Through this journey, I hope to cultivate a deeper connection between music and its roots as a tool for resistance, justice, and equality in a fractured world.
This duo was born to channel the artistic energies of Conner Muir and Shanley Grace as both venture into a new, collaborative songwriting experiment together. While Conner call on my background in folk traditions, Shan evokes a more classical, jazz-inspired singing style that has given shape and substance to several genre-bending songs. As two pisces people, we feel most at home in the waves. Sea Keepers has many meanings, and the ocean calls us all to be better stewards of this earth we share. We couldn't be more excited to share this with you all as we continue to work on our debut record. Check out "I Don’t Want a Boat" on Spotify for a taste!
Lead Vocals / Vibe Cultivator
Instrumentation / Backing Vocals/ Computer Things
Muir is my middle name and my mother's maiden name. It represents my Canadian heritage and always served as a badge of pride for me growing up in the conservative Southern U.S. The more physical and ideological distance I placed between myself and my homeland in Charlotte, North Carolina, I found myself connecting and honoring my Southern roots in new ways. American folk music is the bedrock of my artistic inspiration, and nothing speaks to my soul quite like an acoustic instrument. My songs are surrounded by and comprised of strings in sets of fours, fives, sixes, eights, and twelves. Steel and nylon form the musical tendons of my work and ring around my head space.
My music is a product of a deep love for the natural environments, and my songs are prayers to the land that holds us all. They are also calls to action in an era marked by division and dissonance. They draw heavily on the landscapes of the American West while extending beyond the imagined boundaries of this nation. They range thematically from lamentations of cultural appropriation in Bali to acknowledgments of a more viscous relationship with time in Nicaragua. It is a reflection of my split personality, with one foot in the music world and the other at my day job in the NGO world fighting climate change and environmental injustice in my small way.
My 'driftwood dreams' seek to explore new ways through which I can integrate these sides of myself and my work to amplify my impact as a storyteller and advocate for change.
Guitar / Vocals/ Everything In Between
Mastering / Forever Mentor
Mom’s Pots may only have one song, but with lots of creative juices flowing, get ready for more (and possibly a new group name to boot). Band members have been running in the same circles for years and have come together as three solo artists to put to test the theory that the sum of our parts is greater than our own individual offerings.
Vocals / Bass
Vocals / Guitar
Guitar / Percussion / Computer Things