“Drift Away” was written by Mentor Williams in 1970 and was originally recorded by John Henry Kurtz on his 1972 album Reunion. Mentor was a Country Songwriter, and Kurtz was an actor and Swamp Rock singer. The song didn’t do great, and was given to Soul Singer Dobie Gray who made it an international success with his version. The song became Dobie’s greatest hit peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973.
The original recording bass player to the song is listed as Mike Leach who used a Fender P (likely with flats). For this cover I did remove my D’Addario Round Wounds and replaced them with a set of LaBella 760FS Flats.
I did do a recording of the song during my practice sessions using the D’Addario Round Wounds, and that cover recording is loaded below.
I’m not sure anyone would really notice a drastic difference between the string choices that I used for each recording – I’m sure that is due to the ability of “mixing” recorded sounds. I do however notice that the “Flats” are much easier to play when “Slides” are involved, and they do have a nice feel to them when I play them. The biggest thing I noticed was when I used them in an “Open Amp” situation where acoustics, open air, and nothing other than a bass amp were used. For certain genre’s of music, I can see (or hear) where these strings would really KICK ASS, and get some serious ASS grovin’ to a cool bass line riff!!
Bottom line…. Looks like I’m gonna need another Fender strung with some LaBella Deep Talkin’ Bass Flats so that I can have that tone when I’m playing some live Motown!!
Keep on Thumpin’!