Sunday, 3 March 2013

New Artist Alert: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours - Good Light

Hailing from Tennessee, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours fuse authentic country, pop, and folk flavours to create a rich and organic sound. Citing influences such as Tom Waits, Tom Petty, and Wilco, and with 75,000 record sales under their belts, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours are enjoying a casual stroll to the top, having shared the stage with the likes of The Goo Goo Dolls and The Avett Brothers.

Good Light, the band's sixth album, was released at the end of last month and provides music fans with "an abundance of Americana rock". The title track, and the album's lead single, kicks off with a wailing harmonica to set the scene, driven by great country-guitar licks, a grooving rhythm section, and some mandolin for good measure. It's an easy-listening, foot-tapping country ballad, with a whirling organ hiding at the back of the mix throughout verse one, before some great three-part harmonies lift the chorus and take the listener exactly where they expect to go. There is, of course, nothing wrong with a little predictability; the recipe has served the genre well for many years in the past and will continue to do so for many years in the future, and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours are taking advantage of a resurgent musical genre whilst showcasing a real awareness in their songwriting abilities. We are treated to flashes of solos from the harmonica, organ, and electric guitar in turn throughout the extended musical interlude before the bridge makes way for a stripped down chorus, and we're left with one last run around the chorus and a harmonica-led outro. The track is appealing and radio-friendly and, for fans of the genre, is sure to be welcomed with open arms.

The album Good Light was released on 26th February through Good Time Records and Magnolia Music, and a US tour is set to follow. For more information on the record, tour, or anything else Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours, be sure to visit the band's official website. You can enjoy the official music video for Good Light below. Enjoy :)

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