Caroline Reese, of Reading, PA, didn't pick up a guitar until she was sixteen years old. Her original intention was to learn the entire Avett Brothers canon and then call it quits, but she noticed that the more she played, the more her own original songs came out instead. She kept writing through high school and her gap year, which she spent working on a cattle ranch, and by the end of 2010 she had saved enough money and written enough songs to release her first album, "Indian River."
Despite being generally upset about having to leave the cattle ranch and start her freshman year at college in New Jersey, she continued to write music (and papers) and perform (and try to get all the reading done) until she had enough material to record "Slow Code" in the spring of her junior year (2013). This album built upon the folk songwriting style exhibited in "Indian River" to experiment with bluegrass, country, and alternative influences. "Slow Code" was fully funded through the generosity of friends and fans on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, raising over $9,000 in only a few days.
A group of musicians came together to support the release and promotion of "Slow Code," and this group became the Drifting Fifth: Mark Watter on electric guitar, Alice Terrett on bass, and Tom Markham on percussion. The members of the Drifting Fifth come from radically different musical backgrounds but, together, create an unmistakable alt-Americana sound that seems both familiar and fresh.
The Drifting Fifth's sound started building a buzz in the Philly area and the group ended 2013 with performances at venues like the North Star Bar in Philadelphia, Melodies Café in Ardmore, PA, and Gene Shay's famous Folk Show on WXPN. Early 2014 will see the completion of their second tour as well as the recording of their first EP as Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth.
Come June 2014, Reese and Watter will (fingers crossed) graduate from college. They will then pursue their work with the Drifting Fifth full time, performing at many exciting venues on the East Coast throughout the summer and making their first appearance at Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA) as a Town Square Stage headliner in August. Check back on the release of their EP, due out in late May 2014.