Austin American Statesman: THE DRIFTER keeps the spirit of Austin music alive

“The Drifter,” Mike Flanigin’s first solo record after two decades of playing Hammond B-3 organ in landmark local clubs such as the Continental and Antone’s, is one of the year’s most intriguing albums. With a star-studded guest cast of Flanigin’s friends including Kat Edmonson, Gary Clark Jr., Alejandro Escovedo, Jimmie Vaughan and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, it was a sure bet to draw lots of attention. 

But the real triumph of “The Drifter” is how vividly it represents what Austin music is all about at its very best. It could only have come from a musician who’s deeply grounded in the city’s soulful, rootsy bedrock, yet who sees no reason to be hemmed in by boundaries of genre and style.