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Show: The Drendas and The Shifty South at 80/20 Burger Bar

Garage band, The Drendas, celebrated the release of their new CD, “Boy Trouble,” along with The Shifty South at 80/20 Burger Bar in Norfolk last Saturday night.

The Drendas
Beth Austin
Table of goodies at The Drendas show.
Beth Austin

The Drendas started the night off playing a mix of everything on the CD, some newer tunes and a few covers. Most notably Leslie Gore’s, “You Don’t Own Me." They growled through the song with enough attitude that made me want to travel back in time and play it for a young Joan Jett, who covered it on her first album, "Bad Reputation."

After playing it for Jett, I would advise her not to be so nice about it, and to do it like you mean it. Like The Drendas.

Next up was The Shifty South. It had been awhile since I‘d seen them, and noticed they’d added a couple of new members, Seth Wilder on bass and Mark Smilor on lap and pedal steel guitar. The addition of lap and pedal steel guitar added an extra depth and rounded out their sound perfectly.

For those of you who haven’t seen Shifty, the best way I can describe them is rock ‘n’ roll mixed with some old school southern grit. It’s the fun of rock with the shit kicking of country. Something that will make you want to dance, and could possibly make you want to brawl. But play nice kids, dancing is way more fun, and you won’t need bail money.

To learn more about The Drendas, be sure to check out my in depth interview , and their Facebook page.
To get a copy of The Drendas EP “Boy Trouble,” go to
To keep up with The Shifty South, visit them on Facebook.

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