Emerging Nashville act make FTC debut

One of the biggest and brightest emerging acts to surface out of Nashville, Tennessee will make their Fairfield Theatre Company debut, as Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors bring their country, folk, Americana sound to the intimate StageOne venue Monday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., 70 Sanford Street.

Since releasing their first album, 2005’s Washed In Blue, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors (Ellie Holcomb (vocals, guitar), Nathan Dugger (guitar, keys) and Rick Brinsfield (bass)) have proved night after night that some artists are able to hit a high mark early on and still only get better with time.   Having established themselves as a formidable indie act selling more than 85,000 records and performing more than 1,500 dates touring alongside such a variety of acts including The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, NEEDTOBREATHE, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars, Marc Broussard, Dew Holcumb and the Neighbors continue to demonstrate their perseverance as an emerging band day in and day out.

Recording over six albums that showcase Drew’s signature Americana sound that draws from his major inspiration, personal experience; Drew has been able to craft songs which tend to speak to those who listen and who may need to find the meaning and joy in the midst of heartbreak or disappointment.

“I have been through really difficult things,” Drew mentions. “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… I’m telling my story, in the hope that it helps other people tell theirs.”

Their music has been featured in a myriad of television shows and commercials, most notably in TNT’s Emmy Award winning 2011 Christmas Day NBA Forever spot, which paired the song Live Forever with a mesmerizing montage of past and present NBA video footage as well as “How I Met Your Mother”, “Criminal Minds”, “Nashville”, “Parenthood”,  and FX network’s “Justified.” Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors now make their FTC StageOne debut in support of their newest release, Medicine.

“For me, music has always been the thing that has helped me make sense of whatever circumstances I’ve found myself in,” Says Holcomb. “And I thought that was an appropriate title for this record because that’s what I’m trying to offer: a gamut of musical and emotional stories and moments for people to kind of let into their lives.”

Recorded over eight days at Joe Pisapia’s Middletree Studios in East Nashville, the twelve song album, which was co-produced by Pisapia (Ben Folds, KD Lang, Guster, Josh Rouse), tackles issues of everyday life including loyalty, hardship, marriage, friendship, alienation, and faith.

“It’s when you see people singing along or somebody tells you that they had a song in their wedding,” Drew mentions. “Or we got this really intense but beautiful email from a girl recently who was on the verge of suicide. And this song we wrote, she said she heard it and it made her change her mind. That’s the kind of stuff that I just don’t even have a paradigm for or category for. It’s really a great honor to have created something … that goes into the world and it means something to people.”

You can hear that gratitude and yearning to connect throughout the entirety of Medicine. The Petty-esque album contains songs like “Shine Like Lightning” which gives shout-outs to his fans and Ellie Holcomb, his wife. All the while other songs like “When It’s All Said and Done” and “Tightrope” meditate on hardships and the loved ones who help you get through them.

For tickets, at $23 in advance with a $3 member discount, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Fairfield Theatre Company

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Fairfield Theatre Company

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