The Bus Driver Tour began in the spring of 2011 comprised of three songwriters- Ian Thomas, Paul Lee Kupfer, and Danny Freund. The three met a few years before while on tour in Montana. They traveled well together and gained mutual respect for each other as songwriters.

As the number of tours grew, so did the act. While on the road, they established themselves as each other's backing band, switching between guitars, drums and bass. The result has been an authentic blend of energy and momentum that is The Bus Driver Tour. Currently, the band calls Livingston, MT. and Knoxville, TN home as they have deep admiration and musical roots in both States. They will be spending this winter (2014) playing across the western U.S. before heading back to Tennessee in the spring.

The BDT is proud to have Cornelia Adelaide Overton on tour again for the Winter playing the fiddle. She jumped on the bus in the Spring of 2013 and has added a great dynamic to the tour and the live performance.

"...with Ian Thomas' infectious harmonica fueled melodies...Freund and Kupfer offer strong voices on their original tunes ... The song-swapping nature of the album makes the whole thing read as a rootsier version of the Middle Brother project that Dawes' (Taylor) Goldsmith was involved in a few years ago."
-WDVX (Knoxville, TN)

"...a throwback to a bygone slice of Americana, which the band and its bus seem to have no trouble summoning."
-Tristan Scott, The Missoulian (Missoula, MT)

"This one was born for three-part harmony, and the guys nail it."
-Mariss McTucker, Lively Times (Montana wide)

Well Traveled

The Bus Driver Tour has toured throughout the United States and Hawaii with heavy rotation in Montana, Wyoming and Tennessee. Some stops include:

Red Ants Pants Festival, White Sulphur Springs, MT
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN
Gardiner Brew Fest, Gardiner, MT
Yellowstone Concert Series, W. Yellowstone, MT
Live From the Divide, Bozeman, MT
Live and Breathing

The Bus Driver Tour members have worked with:

Shovels and Rope
Taj Mahal
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Avett Brothers
John Hammond
Cyril Neville
The Black Lillies
Sam Bush

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