Drake White & The Big Fire (2016)

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An artist like Drake White doesn’t come along every day. As his Dot Records debut It Feels Good: Live demonstrates, the Alabama native is a commanding, deeply expressive singer, a riveting, charismatic performer and a one-of-a-kind songwriter whose vivid lyrical insights are rooted in his small-town Southern upbringing and honed by his experiences touring America with his band the Big Fire. White’s effortlessly infectious songcraft combines swagger and sensitivity, channeling a bottomless well of American influences into timeless music that’s firmly planted in the here and now.

White has already generated significant amounts of fan excitement and music-industry buzz, as well as scoring a Top 40 country hit with 2013′s “The Simple Life.” Named one of Billboard‘s “10 Hot Country Artists to Watch in 2015″ and dubbed “an electric performer with a gospel howl” by Rolling Stone Country, White was also prominent on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 37 Best Things We Saw at CMA Fest 2014.”

It Feels Good: Live is a lean, mean five-song EP that serves as a compelling introduction to Drake White’s indomitable musical spirit, as well as a tantalizing preview of the full-length album that he’s working on with noted producers Ross Copperman (Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, the Eli Young Band) and Jeremy Stover (Justin Moore, Jack Ingram, Martina McBride).

It Feels Good: Live‘s five original compositions offer an impressive encapsulation of Drake White’s expansive vision, from the title track’s sly rustic raucousness to the brash barroom rock ‘n’ roll of “I Need Real” to the anthemic punch of “Elvis” to the working-class bluegrass of “Story” to the poignant introspection of “Back to Free.”

DrakeWhitePhoto“I had about 100 songs to choose from,” the young artist notes, “but I felt like these five would give people a good sense of who I am and what we’re trying to accomplish. I’m just doing what comes naturally to me, and I try not to overthink it. I go out there and do what I know and what I love, and I try to write honestly and say what I think, and trust that people will recognize that it’s authentic.”

The qualities of fearlessness and forthrightness that run through Drake White’s music were instilled in him early in life, while growing up in rural Hokes Bluff (population 4300) in northeast Alabama. His early musical consciousness was shaped by his parents’ deep love for music, by the choir in the Southern Baptist church in which his grandfather preached, and by the gritty, open-hearted musical traditions of nearby Muscle Shoals.

“I definitely think our sound reflects the place where I grew up,” White observes. “Being raised in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, there’s inspiration in the pine trees, in the rivers, in the mountains, in the wind, in the wildlife, in the changes of the seasons. Early on, I met some people who were very art-driven and who were really into music, and that was an inspiration too. But the biggest inspiration was my parents and my family encouraging me to be my own person and follow my gut and just go for it.”

The freedom he felt to pursue his own path led White to pursue such adventures as rebuilding a century-old cabin to live in while he attended Auburn University, starting his own landscaping company to make ends meet while working to establish his musical career, and spending several months hitchhiking and playing music through New Zealand. White’s music embodies the same iconoclastic sense of adventure, and reflects the insights he’s gained through his experiences.  …read more at Drake White’s official website: http://drakewhite.com/

Drake White – “Livin’ The Dream”

Drake White – “It Feel Good”