The Drunken Hearts

An electrifying force of Americana music

Photo: Rockin Ryan


"Electrifying Americana Rock"

From their humble inception as an acoustic trio, The Drunken Hearts have evolved into an electric five-piece that is captivating audiences across the country. In those few years, the Colorado-based group has managed to make a name for itself in a state that is known for cultivating world-class music. The band fearlessly bottles a tempestuous, yet honest brand of Americana music — infusing spirited vocals with electric and acoustic instruments, and crafting heartfelt songs that are resonating with crowds everywhere.

Originally an outlet for lead singer and acoustic guitarist, Andrew McConathy, he knew in his heart the band must expand musically to satisfy a growing songbook of original material. It was this ideal that inspired a band capable of writing and performing songs that convey whispers of love and loss, while also delivering full-on rock anthems that chase down the American dream. 

With this evolution, the band is releasing their most acclaimed album to date, The Prize, in March of 2018 — an album that fully realizes the unique yet familiar sound the five musicians evoke when they create and perform together night after night. The ten songs featured on The Prize seamlessly unite their poetic and thoughtful songwriting with impressive musicianship to bring each track alive. From the vulnerable and haunting, “Seasons,” to the rowdy honkytonk-inspired “Broken Things,” The Prize is a powerful statement to where The Drunken Hearts currently are, yet more importantly— where they are going.

Building on the release of The Prize, the band is touring the country from coast-to-coast, with stops at famed venues and festivals along the way. With notable performances at Electric Forest (MI), FloydFest (VA), Vertex (CO), Fayetteville Roots Fest (AR), Hangtown Music Festival (CA), Bohemian Nights at New West Fest (CO), Northwest String Summit (OR), and the band’s very own YarmonyGrass (CO), the band is very much at home on the festival circuit. Tyra Sutak of Elevation Outdoors Magazine described her experience as "Magnetic. It’s one of the only words my buddy and I could agree on to describe the feeling of the first time we caught Colorado-based band, The Drunken Hearts, live."

The Drunken Hearts:

Andrew McConathy | Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Jon McCartan | Bass, Vocals
Cody Russell | Pedal and Lap Steel, Banjo
Kory Montgomery | Electric guitar, Vocals
Alex Johnson | Drums

Recent Press

Go See Live Music | The Drunken Hearts Announce 2018 North American Tour | 05/18/18
"The Drunken Hearts, Colorado’s eclectic Americana rock band, announced today a full Spring and Summer North American tour in support of their newly released album, The Prize. The Drunken Hearts bring their signature Americana-country-folk blend to over 20 cities across North America, kicking off on May 24 in St. Louis, MO..." | The Drunken Hearts: The Prize Album Review | 05/7/18
"From song to song, what sticks with me about The Prize are the contrasts between each one. There is a flow, without a doubt, but no two tracks maintain the same style. With lines like, “Just another donor of a fallen down dream,” [the song] 'Tear My Heart Out' is a beautifully painful ballad but still manages to move my feet in the end. 'Heart Strings' keeps them moving by showing that The Prize can get funky as well. By the time 'Machines' turns on the rock edge once again and 'Seasons' takes us out with another powerfully heartfelt ballad, it is clear that the Drunken Hearts have evolved beyond simple labels... To truly search for the sound of The Drunken Hearts, listen to the differences between the songs, those contrasts... That sound, along with the energy and emotion of The Hearts, is captured beautifully on The Prize."

Music Marauders | Review: The Drunken Hearts' The Prize | 4/27/18
"The Drunken Hearts are truly a part of what makes the Colorado music scene one of, if not the best in the country. Led by powerhouse lead vocalist Andrew McConathy, the Hearts latest album release has the band truly coming into its own as part Americana story-tellers and part jam-induced rock stars... All in all, The Prize is an extremely pleasing album to listen to and I truly congratulate The Drunken Hearts... Do not miss them if you have the chance, as big things are on the horizon for these Colorado story-tellers."

303 Magazine | Boulder's Americana Heroes Release Their Newest Single | 3/28/18
"By now you should have heard of Americana heroes The Drunken Hearts — an electrifying five-man band who are re-creating the genre, and what it means to really rock. Since their inception as a trio, the now rock ‘n’ roll quintet has gained quite the reputation. Their music is raw Americana-rock, with a touch of country and a sprinkle of folk, and the result is a steaming and raucous sound full of emotion and energy. Different than much of your typical folk-rock that comes through the Front Range, The Drunken Hearts are pioneers of their own genre..."

Aspen Daily News | Review: The Drunken Hearts Live at Belly Up Aspen  | 10/26/17
"As a band, The Drunken Hearts are magnetic, as they combine catchy beats with unique melodies to create a well-synced mixture of musical sensibilities... They brought their best last Friday night to the Belly Up. The group I was with was immediately lured to the front of the stage by the strings that blended with the electric guitar riffs and sincere vocals that suggested an ode to the rich legacy of country music’s past."

The Jamwich | The Drunken Hearts Will Steal Your Americana Loving Heart  | 8/27/17
"The Drunken Hearts, an Alt-Americana band from Colorado, has been tearing up the road on tour and will be coming to Sellersville, PA, tonight at the Sellersville Theater..."

Live For Live Music | Victor Wooten Trio, Drunken Hearts, Emmitt/Thorn Duo Tear Up Denver  | 3/26/17
"The event, dubbed The Drunken Hearted Medicine Show, was hosted by Colorado’s own The Drunken Hearts, and brought out the Victor Wooten Trio, Drew Emmitt & Andy Thorn Duo (both of Leftover Salmon), Band of Heathens, Brad Parsons Band, and Coral Creek. It was hard to go wrong for those at Cervantes’ on Friday night, and both rooms were consistently packed by attendees stoked to see such a diverse gathering of talented musicians on one bill."

Live For Live Music | The Drunken Hearts’ Andrew McConathy Talks YarmonyGrass & More  | 3/16/17
"Colorado has a lot of truly hard working bands these days, as it has become a mecca for many musicians from various genres to live and be inspired to create. The Drunken Hearts are certainly one of those bands. With an increasingly heavy tour schedule, and the ongoing preparations to release new music, the band has a whole lot going on."

Jambase | Exclusive Premiere: The Drunken Hearts Share New Single ‘Tear My Heart Out’ | 2/21/17
Colorado-based band The Drunken Hearts recently recorded a new studio single entitled “Tear My Heart Out.” JamBase is pleased to exclusively premiere the emotional new track penned by guitarist Andrew McConathy.

Oregon Statesman Journal | An Interview with Andrew McConathy | 1/31/17
"Tap your toes to the rock tunes of alternative Americana band The Drunken Hearts as it stops in Salem on the Drunken Gospel Tour."

Vail Mag | Weekly Agenda - New Year's Eve | 12/28/16
"This Colorado-based group is captivating audiences across the country..."

MMAC Monthly | The Drunken Hearts Take Sound To 'Next Level' | 11/3/16
"What started as a trio of best friends playing acoustic tunes, has progressed into an electrified, five-piece powerhouse of alternative Americana music fueled by its members’ newfound commitment to their musical evolution."

The Colorado Playlist | Season 10 / Episode 40 / October 2016 | 10/31/16
"The Drunken Hearts is another band shaped in the southern rock tradition with a decidedly more country rock flair on “Want You Back” from their debut EP called Love & Thirst.  Other songs on the EP carry the same vibe – and there are even a couple of nods to the twin guitars you might have heard from the [Allman Brothers' Band] or the Outlaws or Marshall Tucker Band …nicely produced and mixed, their harmonies and tight playing are a direct complement to the influences they most emulate." 

Live For Live Music | The Drunken Hearts Reflect On Their Rise To Success Ahead Of Major Fall Tour | 9/9/16
"...with their initial Midwest/Northeast tour this past May including venues such as the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, a sell-out show at the famed Nectar’s in Vermont, and Garcia’s in the Capitol Theatre to name a few... Needless to say, it should be another fantastic run for a band on the rise."

Music Marauders | YarmonyGrass 2016 Review | 9/5/16
"The Drunken Hearts took the Main Stage for their final set of the weekend and what a set it was! Take all of your pre-conceived notions and memories of The Drunken Hearts and throw them out the window. What the band is doing currently will catch you off guard and potentially melt your face. From start to finish the boys dug deep into a groove that featured ample shredding and beautifully poetic lyrics. It was easy to get lost in the music, only to find yourself again with a classic riff or sweet lyrical sentiment. The Drunken Hearts were firing on all cylinders and it was clear, YarmonyGrass was their party." | The Drunken Hearts Album Release Concert | 7/5/16
"A far cry from the soulless popular music seeding festivals and stadiums, The Drunken Hearts played an intimate and emotional set... Grab a friend, grab a lover, grab your mother and go out and grab a copy of Love & Thirst."

Elevation Outdoors Magazine | Hear This: The Drunken Hearts | 6/7/16
"Magnetic. It’s one of the only words my buddy and I could agree on to describe the feeling of the first time we caught Colorado-based band The Drunken Hearts, live." —Tyra Sutak

Marquee Magazine | Album Review: 'Love & Thirst' | 6/1/16
On their new EP Love and Thirst ... the band veers to the left of jam-inspired Americana, such as Hard Working Americans with tracks like “Happy” and screeches to the right of greasier Americana acts like Lucero with songs like “Want You Back.” —Brian F. Johnson

Music Marauders | Album Review: The Drunken Hearts' Love & Thirst | 5/24/16
As a relatively young band, these gentlemen are surely on the upswing of their musical career together. They show confidence and promise while always being a fun band to listen to, always danceable yet reflective and passionate. The Drunken Hearts continue to push the limits of a contemporary edge while remaining thematically traditional and true to soulful country rock." —Derek Miles | Exclusive Premiere: The Drunken Hearts Share New Single ‘Highs’ | 5/5/16
Tomorrow, The Drunken Hearts will issue a new EP entitled Love & Thirst. Today, JamBase is pleased to exclusively premiere a single from the EP, “Highs.” The Colorado-based... quintet recruited several guests for the EP, including Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. The group also enlisted multi-Grammy winner Rob Eaton Sr. to produce the release..."

Live For Live Music | The Drunken Hearts Share Their 'Love & Thirst' On Soulful New Single | 4/29/16
The Drunken Hearts' forthcoming EP is a true representation of a young band and their journey through big love and heavy loss. Love & Thirst is a very real and exciting milestone for the band, and highlights not only their fiery sound, but the deep lyrical well from which they draw."

Elevation Outdoors Magazine | WinterWonderGrass Festival Review | 2/23/16
"The Drunken Hearts—whose seamless blend of “Americana” music combines instrumentals and songwriting that would make the old timers of the country music scene proud, along with bits of bluegrass as well as electric guitar riffs that will momentarily confuse the hell out of anyone watching the young group of flannel-clad musicians perform." —

Music Marauders | Valentine’s Day Show Review | 2/23/16
"The five-piece ... sounded tight, well rehearsed and as if they were firing on all cylinders. The band played a handful of Drunken Heart classics from their first album, Live For Today, as well as some newer songs from their upcoming album, all of which sounded great!"

CBS Denver | Top Up-And-Coming Denver Bands To Check Out In 2016 | 1/7/16
"This six-piece band hails from the high country, and their blend of rock and country is a sound for sore ears. The Drunken Hearts released “Live For Today” in 2012 and have been on the rise ever since. Rarely do you find much soul in a rock band, but The Drunken Hearts have it. 2016 is already looking like a good year for them, as they’re scheduled to play a few shows including the WinterWonderGrass Festival in Avon. Be on the lookout for these guys, and be sure to check them out in Avon come February."


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