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Sunday, 24 August, 2008 11:07 PM

CMA New Artist Spotlight: Drew Davis Band

Photo by Heather Cole

Lofton Creek recording artists Drew Davis Band

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2008 CMA Close Up News Service

Neal McCoy isn't easily impressed. But when he heard the Drew Davis Band doing sound check before opening for him one night, the celebrated entertainer decided instantly that they were "the best live act ever."

They impress nearly as much on paper as onstage, with a lineup that includes frontman Drew Davis, who built his intense vocal style through gigs back home in Missouri that included opening for Roy Clark, Grammy-nominated keyboardist Roger Malinowski, Malibu-born and bluegrass-bred guitarist Loren Ellis and USC-music-professor-turned-groove-machine Mo Levone on bass.

Though they sound as if they have paid long dues on the road, the DDB rocketed to prominence just three months after coming together in L.A., when they took top honors in the Colgate Country Showdown. They have been seasoned since then, having warmed up the house for Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan, Tanya Tucker, SHeDAISY and other headliners, while rocking countless clubs on their own and, eventually, recording Crossroads, their debut album on Lofton Creek Records.

From the Davis-penned single, "How Do I," marked by lush harmony vocals and eloquently introspective lyrics, through the soaring power ballad "Back There All the Time" to the house-rocker "Turn It Up," with six cuts written or co-written by Davis, and producer Eric Silver fine-tuning it all, Crossroads transfers that DDB magic from stage to disc.

IN HIS OWN WORDS BY DREW DAVIS

SONG YOU SING IN THE SHOWER

"'Dancing in the Moonlight,' by King Harvest."

SONG YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN

"'Live Like You Were Dying.'"

PHRASE YOU SAY OVER AND OVER

"'Out of your daily deeds you form your habits, and out of your habits you form your destiny.' It's something my father would always say to me as I was growing up."

MOMENT TO RELIVE IF YOU COULD

"State championship in wrestling, 1993. I lost in the finals."

LEGACY

"Yeah . he did do that."

On the Web: www.drewdavisband.com

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