When 6 String Drag debuted in 1993, the Americana scene was still in its infancy. As one of the earliest alt-country bands of the era – a point in time at which Uncle Tupelo was winding down, Whiskeytown hadn't yet formed, and scene bible No Depression was still a couple of years away from launching – the quartet, headed up by guitarist/vocalist Kenny Roby and bassist Rob Keller, played a major role in eventually making the term "Americana" part of the musical lexicon.
Now, with the arrival of their new album, Top of the World, 6 String Drag broadens its collective purview, incorporating classic British Invasion pop, tough-as-nails '70s rock and punk. Top of the World contains eleven gems that are both unique in their own right and uniquely 6 String Drag, from pumping opener "Never Turn My Back on You Again" to the pub-rocking, rebels-kinda-with-a-cause "Small Town Punks."
"I think some of the songs lean towards influences of certain artists, but not as an overall approach to a whole album," says Roby. "We have always listened to classic bands like the Kinks, Stones, Beatles, Them and Van Morrison, The Band, etc. And there's the whole punk rock and ‘70s rock thing that always comes into play. The whole band had actually been getting into Rockpile and Thin Lizzy when we were in the process of making the record, so that probably seeped in on this record a little."