REVIEW: Go to ‘Tennessee’ with Drew Holcomb

Apr. 04, 2013 @ 05:29 PM

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors’ new album draws you in, sits you down in a comfortable chair and tells you universally true stories through song. The Tennessee-based band performs with Needtobreathe at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Wednesday. If you don’t make the concert, consider getting Holcomb’s new album, “Good Light.”

There’s good storytelling performed in an easy, winding way that seems casual but is quite adept and polished. It is music that makes you think you’d like this band personally, too. They seem like good folks. Regardless of if you live in or have ever been to their home state of Tennessee, you’ll long be singing the homage to it, “Tennessee.” It’s about his state, yes, but speaks a truth about the sense of home you hope for and cherish – a place to return, a place that belongs to you. It’s a love song, really.

Another song that stays with you is “Another Man’s Shoes,” a relaxing song that also reminds you “everyone’s got their own set of troubles.” The lyrics mention a rocking chair, and indeed, this is a song you could enjoy whiling away the day in a rocking chair, feeling a brotherhood and sisterhood with Holcomb and everyone else in the world.

“Good Light” is singer/songwriter Holcomb’s fourth album and third with his band, which includes his wife, Ellie. Drew Holcomb wrote songs for the album while she was pregnant with their daughter, Emmylou. It was recorded in Memphis.

Holcomb’s talents have garnered attention from the entertainment industry beyond the Americana music scene, with his work featured on television shows like “Parenthood,” “Deadliest Catch,” “House” and “Nashville.” They’ll play at the big festival Bonnaroo this summer in Tennessee and tour with Needtobreathe throughout the spring. “Good Light” has risen to #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter debut chart.

If you don’t already like Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, “Good Light” and the upcoming concert will be a great introduction.