Campfire Tales: Five minutes with Drew Holcomb

Following a steady set of Americana releases, Nashville-based Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors just released their career best, Medicine (an 8/10 in this month's Campfire Tales). About to embark on a stripped back UK tour - without the Neighbors - we caught up with Drew to get his thoughts on the new record, touring and how he likes his coffee.

Hey Drew, please introduce yourself to The Music Fix readers!

Hello Music Fix readers! This is Drew Holcomb: Memphian by birth, Nashvillian because of a woman, and proud Tennessee musician.

How do you feel 'Medicine' compares to 'Good Light'?

Personally I like it a lot more than Good Light. I'm proud of that record, but I think Medicine is much better. It has more diversity while all the songs work seamlessly together. I think it’s a more complete project from a song perspective.

Would you agree 'Medicine' is quieter, more contemplative?

Yes and no. It certainly has more quiet and contemplative songs, but also Good Light does not have near the rocking songs like ‘Shine Like Lightning’ and ‘Last Thing We Do’. There are probably more quiet and contemplative songs on Medicine but also a few songs that are quite bigger than anything from Good Light.

Is there anything that you’ve been listening to that influences the new record?

I watched a few studio documentaries like Sound City and Muscle Shoals that heavily influenced the record, especially the recording approach. I love the old school idea of recording until you got it right as musicians, instead of letting the computer do the work for you. We had one rule in the studio, nobody says "We will fix that later." Instead, let’s fix it now, until we get it right.

Which song are you most proud of? And why?

I think ‘Always Be My Girl’ because it perfectly describes the ups and downs of a life long relationship without become saccharine.

How do your shows as a duo compare to playing as a full band?

It’s a bit more storyteller and a little more off the cuff, as we are playing the songs without all the backing. We still have a lot of fun though.

What are you looking forward to most from your visit to the UK?

British ale, the good and thoughtful crowds, driving on the wrong side of the road.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Nashville?

We live a simple life in Nashville, so my favorite thing is our friends and family, the people that make life interesting and liveable.

And the strangest place you’ve seen music?

We just played the Cayamo cruise with John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and about a dozen other acts. While it was fun, it’s a bit weird seeing your heroes on a cruise ship.

Finally, how do you take your coffee?

Just a bit of cream, no sugar!

If you want to catch Drew on his UK tour see his website for full details.

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