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Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Friday, May 31, 2024

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Nashville, TN

Drew is a nationally acclaimed touring artist, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He grew up in Memphis TN, studied History and Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and earned a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from the University of St. Andrews. He and his band, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, have spent the last 15 years criss-crossing the US and Europe touring and recording. He is also the founder of the Moon River Music Festival in Chattanooga and the Magnolia Record Club. Drew is married to fellow touring artist and children’s book author, Ellie Holcomb. Ellie and Drew have lived in East Nashville for 14 years and have three children, Emmmylou, Huck and Rivers. 

THE RIGORS OF the road took a toll on Drew Holcomb. Around the release of 2017’s Souvenir, the sturdy-voiced Tennessee troubadour — originally from Memphis, but now based in Nashville — was exhausted by the nonstop cycle of churning out albums, then touring relentlessly in support, and wound up hospitalized for eight days with meningitis. After a much-needed breather, he decided to ask friends for help. The result is the collaborative and restorative album Dragons.

“I was itching to create in a different way, and co-writing was a way forward out of that funk,” says Holcomb, an under-the radar Americana hero who has steadily built a grassroots following through incessant gigging and the release of nine studio albums, most via his own Magnolia Records.

As a fiercely independent artist known for his heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, Holcomb had been hesitant to write with others but he eventually realized that gaining new perspective could be an asset. With contributions from top song scribes in the country and roots landscape, including Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, and Sean McConnell, Holcomb co-wrote six of the 10 tracks on Dragons and ultimately made his most poignant and sonically inclusive record to date.

-Rolling Stone

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