Sunday, 24 August, 2008 11:07 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Drew
by Heather Cole
Creek recording artists Drew Davis Band
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
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
"'Dancing in the
Moonlight,' by King Harvest."
SONG YOU WISH YOU'D
"'Live Like You
PHRASE YOU SAY 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
MOMENT TO RELIVE
IF YOU COULD
in wrestling, 1993. I lost in the finals."
"Yeah . he did do
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