We wanted to tell you about the next Acoustic Dustbowl event in advance for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it’s taking place on Friday 7th February 2014 which is the first Friday of the month instead of the normal second Friday slot.
Secondly, three quarters of the tickets to see this solo performance from headline act, Tennessee-born Drew Holcomb, have already been snapped up, so you’d better be quick if you don’t want to miss out.
Tickets for the View Two Gallery gig are £5 in advance from wegottickets.com or £6 on the door (if it’s not sold out in advance). Doors open at 8.00pm and the music starts at 8.30pm.
Support on the night is from regular hosts The Southbound Attic Band who’ll be joined by Johnny Sands.
Some artists are able to articulate a vision at the very beginning of their career, while others hone their craft over time, growing into their vision as they mature.
“I am definitely in the latter category,” explains Drew Holcomb, a Tennessee-born, bourbon drinking, 1st edition book collecting, golf playing Eagle Scout with a Masters degree in Divinity from Scotland’s University of St Andrews (he wrote his dissertation on “Springsteen and American Redemptive Imagination”), who has spent the better part of the past decade as a professional musician – recording, writing, and touring with his band Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors.
Since releasing their first album, 2005’s Washed In Blue, Drew & The Neighbors (Ellie Holcomb, Nathan Dugger, Rich Brinsfield) have established themselves as a formidable indie act, selling more than 75,000 records, playing more than 1,500 live dates, selling-out headline shows, and touring alongside such varied acts as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, NEEDTOBREATHE, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars, Marc Broussard, and more. Their songs have been featured in countless US television shows including House, Justified and Nashville.
The hard work has paid off with the band’s sixth album Good Light (2013) showcasing Drew’s signature brand of singer/songwriter Americana in its finest form yet. Recorded live at Ardent Studios in Memphis,Good Light arrived shortly following the birth of Drew’s first child, daughter Emmylou, with wife and band-mate Ellie Holcomb. “I think about my daughter every time I sing the title track, how I want to sing it over her when she is old enough to start understanding the world of truth and consequence,” says the Memphis native who now calls Nashville home.
Drawing from personal experience to craft songs that speak to all of us, Drew explores the universal need to find meaning and joy in the midst of heartbreak and disappointment throughout Good Light. The last song on the album ‘Tomorrow’ opens with the lyric, ‘Nothing ever turns out like you thought it would.’ It’s a theme that permeates the album.
“I have been through really difficult things”, Drew continues. “When I was 17, I lost my younger brother, and have lived through the grief of that great absence. On the other hand, I have experienced the joy of being married to the girl I always wanted, and have been loved really well by her…Everyone has all these different ingredients; our geography, our family, our interests, the places we have been and the places we long to see, the loves we have found and the loves we have lost. Each of us has a story, and it’s the only one we can tell. With this album I’m telling my story, in the hope that it helps other people tell theirs.”
Praise for Good Light
“Mixes full-throttle Americana music with an introspective singer/songwriter approach. It sounds like the South. It sounds like Tennessee.” American Songwriter
“Every song is well-crafted and lively in mood; Holcomb knows how to write a lyric and lay down a tune.” Blues Matters!
“Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors invest a whole lot of heart and soul and emotion into “Good Light,” and while that might not be something particularly new, it is most assuredly something special.” Country Standard Time
“a great example of rockin’ Americana with introspective singer-songwriter blends that adds up to an essential listening experience.” Maverick
“Soulful, introspective Americana and a voice of an angel” No Depression
“a well-crafted album that gets better with every listen.” Performer Magazine
“This is a record you’ll want to revisit again and again.” Pittsburgh Tribune
“Groovy, passionate and drenched in Southern sensibility…Good Light is a stunning record that will leave you smiling for days.” StereoSubversion
“an intensely likeable album, and one that should grace any self-respecting Americana fan’s record collection.”Whisperin and Hollerin
Preview: Drew Holcomb @ Acoustic Dustbowl – Friday 7th February 2014
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