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Friday, September 27, 2019, 3:00 AM

with Birdtalker
Drew Holcombs songs have always charged his listeners hearts and minds while inspiring them to think, feel, dance, and love. But with his new album, Dragons, his subject material finds the singer using a finer brush and mixing more of the joys, struggles, and specific moments of his own life than ever before to help him paint his masterpieces and connect with fans on a universal level. With its modern production, careful sense of craft and collaboration, and rafter-reaching anthems carrying profound, intentional lyrics, the album represents Drew Holcomb and The Neighborss biggest moment yet, a powerful portrait stretched across a wide sonic canvas.The story of Dragons is the culmination of myriad events, connections, challenges, and years of hard, determined work for Holcomb, both as a bandleader and a family man. For the last decade, the Tennessee-based musician has established himself as one of Americana and Southern roots musics freshest upstarts, building his following and critical appeal with every release, show, and venture. From his position as curator and entrepreneur with various undertakingsfrom co-creator of the successful, diverse Moon River Music Festival that makes its sold-out home in Chattanooga this Fall, to the Magnolia Record Club vinyl subscription program that he founded and curates on a monthly basisto his role of husband for the last 14 years and father to three children, Holcomb cites the nature of his life of late as equal parts collaborative and chaotic. Having released a full-length Neighbors album, Souvenir, in 2017 to much acclaim, a co-released EP with Johnnyswim, Goodbye Road, in 2018, enjoyed the stripped-down and mostly sold-out You & Me tour with his wife, singer Ellie Holcomb, in 2018 and early 2019, and opened larger shows for Willie Nelson and the Zac Brown Band with The Neighbors, Holcombs legend and reach continues to grow. So when it came time to begin work on a new album, he forced himself to try something different and to mine untapped territoryand in a manner he had never before attempted.As Holcomb embarked on the tour for Souvenir in 2017, he disciplined himself to write new songs in a more consistent manner than his past efforts. Where his previous work was written more in lump sum moments during specific blocks of time set aside for creative outburst, he found that spending two to three days each week with his guitar in hand and working on new material yielded better results in both quantity and diversity. Inspired to throw off some self-imposed shackles in terms of subject matter and style, the new material was shaping up to point him in an altogether new and exciting directionand perhaps because he had opened himself up to writing while his normal life was rolling along, the songs began to take on a more intimate point of view.To assist him with the scope of the challenge, Holcomb turned to his friends and peers for collaborationin fact, six of Dragonss ten songs are co-writes. Even though he was writing about his own unique experiences, Holcomb discovered that the support of other trusted ears and hearts proved valuable beyond his estimation. From working with the legendary Lori McKenna on several songs and country songwriting star Natalie Hemby on another, to previous tourmate Sean McConnell as well as Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow, Holcomb learned how to reap the benefits of sharing without being territorial while ultimately serving his own vision for the pieces at large. He also co-wrote the song Bittersweet with producer and songwriter Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, American Authors), loving the process and result so much that he invited Cooley to produce the entire album.Cooley took Holcomb and the Neighbors to the esteemed Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, North Carolina, to record in January of 2019. They shared a vision for the finished album that would give it a more modern sound than Holcombs previous recordings, with his songs balancing

Cost: $22 adv/$25 dos (Meet & Greet Available)
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drew-holcomb-the-neighbors-dragons-tour-tickets-68206500479?aff=aff0eventful

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