<a href="http://drewyoung.bandcamp.com/album/home-by-the-river">Home By The River by Drew Young</a>

 

Records

I just got tickets for the RailRoad Revival with OCMS, Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros… NICE way to start off Fess..

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Somehow everything looks terrible at night under the weight of a night of drinking and the urge to runaway to someplace better to clean up is captivating. Hey, that’s not really me.. I am a loser, but a beautiful loser.

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Written in New Orleans in front of Check Point Charlies. Checkpoint is a bar, restaurant, live music venue and laundry mat on the edge of da Quarters. Definitely a place like no other.

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Coming to terms with how powerful the words “I love you” are. Its a phrase that is both overused and somehow underused.

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Somehow everything looks terrible at night under the weight of a night of drinking and the urge to runaway to someplace better to clean up is captivating. Hey, that’s not really me.. I am a loser, but a beautiful loser.

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A Prayer, a plea and an admittance that being lost just plain sucks

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Yes, I think that this song is pretty simple. I wrote this to remind myself that happiness can exist and it can be found. This marks the first time that I worked with the wonderful drummer Jon Payson. The background vocals are none other than the inimitable Sean Kendall.

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One of my favorite songs but impossible to play live. I love the strings and yes they are REAL strings. A good song about being in love, being bad and being happy. Kind of a theme that runs through my work.

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A Love song for New Orleans. I wrote this on a maniacally cold February in my hovel on West 13th Street. I am sure that bourbon and Lucinda Williams were involved. How I craved moving home to da swamp. Guess what? I made it back home. Somethings have a good ending.

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One of the first songs that I wrote for this CD. About loving someone that is too good for you. Loving someone because you see in them what you wish that you saw in yourself. Kevin Kuhn, guitar player extraordinaire is on his green b-bender telecaster and the lovely Annie Hayden is singing background vocals

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We recorded this song as an after thought. I was totally out of money and then BAM this song came to me. I begged Andrew Frawley to let us record in his apartment over by the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The drum is a TINY little hand drum that sounded HUGE in the cavernous space. An ancient Mac laptop with less than a gig left on it and a handful of mics and there you have it. One of my favorite songs.

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A story for a very sad and very beautiful girl that I met in Pensacola, Florida years ago. As with a lot of things in life, it did not end well. I sang her name out of tune and so did she.

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This is the last song that I wrote before I left New Orleans to go to New York. I played Tip’s to about 20 people by myself. Mad as hell and feeling about 2 inches tall I stormed outside and wanted to burn everything down. Needless to say, I didn’t and all ended well. I love the rawness of this track.

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SLOW DOWN.. I kept trying to tell myself this when I was living in NY. I tried to sit back, work and enjoy the ride but.. This song has the baddest ass bass courtesy of “the bass whore” Dave Brouilette. If you are ever in New Orleans be sure to check out his band Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

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No matter how bad it gets, I always seem to be able to muster up the strength to fight the good fight. This song is about questioning this facet of my personality. What a freaking awesome solo by Kevin Kuhn. I miss playing with him. I hope that we are able to play some shoes together again soon. This was recorded Philip Glass’ now shuttered studio in SOHO. You can hear the elegance of Ichiho Nishiki in the engineering.

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Damn.. What a freaking great band. Andrew, Sean, Kevin and Ted. Ted has narcolepsy and fell asleep while working on this song. HA

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This is just pure silliness that was inspired by some funny smelling tobacco. Hmm..

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I took a little 6 month sojourn to a beautiful place on the beach.  It was a long, beautiful and sad 6 months.

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Do you ever have one of those days when you wake up and everything is just -blanked-up? Well, I had about a month of that in my shack on West 13th in the spring of 2005. I decided to celebrate it.

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HA.. me being melodramatic with some bad 8th grade poetry. The coolest thing about this song is the drumming by none other than Mike Marble. I mean what a cool ass name for a drummer. This was mixed by Blake Eiseman in Atlanta. Blake is the master of the mixing board.

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Get out your lighters.. 70′s rock for the new generation. My confessional, my sword and my shield.

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One of the coolest things about growing older is that you learn that you really never know anything and the sooner you accept this the better off you are. That’s what this song is about.

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What can I say? This song was written about a romantic moment I had on a fog riddled street in the heat of the summer in New Orleans. The loop was actually downloaded from the web and we built the song around it. The guitar solo was played by none other than the ever talented Dan Sumner from Permagrin.

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This is one of my favorite tracks from my second CD No Good At Being Cool. I was living in the French Quarter at the time that I wrote this song and I was kind of in love with love if that makes any sense. We recorded this in Glen Tarachow’s studio on 50th and the river in Mnahattan. We were in a condemned building that had no elevator and we were on the 10th floor. We had to do the vocal takes in between the horns of the cruise ships. I think that you can still hear the horns in one part of the song. The beautiful background vocals are courtesy of Sean Kendall.

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Ahh,,, How I Want to fix everything and everyone in my life. The problem is that most things don’t want to be fixed. This song has a great bass part that was played by some random guy that just happened to be visiting someone in the studio. He came in listened played it and left. I love the randomness of life.

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This is a love song to the fabled Audubon Hotel on St Charles. Its all about working for what you want and then getting it and realizing that the weight of that acquisition is crushing..

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News

Only in New Orleans : )

Little fun and music and food in the French Market…

General Honore just scared me…

Is the water coming?

There is just something so SATISFYING

about listening to the Dead Kennedy’s REALLY REALLY LOUD. Always reminds me of my good friend Thomas Gable.. Ahh.. the trouble we used to get into… HAHAHA…

A little NOLA fun

SWEET.. the ticket gods have shined their light on me.

I just got tickets for the RailRoad Revival with OCMS, Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros… NICE way to start off Fess..

Athens, GA! Oh Yeah..

Great to see Josh, run around campus ( Thanks to David Barbe ) I wish that I could have spent more time there!

Woo Hoo.. New disc is now on Amazon.. that was FAST! Thanks CD Baby..

http://amzn.to/fVhVei

Mumford and Sons

I KNOW I KNOW.. they have been a round for a while but I just got their Sigh No More disc and I am totally digging it! Uber pretentious. It makes me wish that I was a pasty faced skinny … Continue reading 

Da Dirty Birds.. Da Dirty Birds..

Nailbiter of a game but hey.. can I get a WHO DAT??

SNOW IN ATLANTA

oh yeah.. very very nice to have a white christmas!

Athens, GA

Hanging in downtown Athens for an hour or two before I head out to Atlanta.. What great memories of hanging on the square with Blair, Monte, Charles, Eric, Ward, Murray, Gina Phi, Kayron, Tendai, Shari, Stacey Bauman, Kathy, Rod, etc … Continue reading 

Friendly gig reminder

Just arrived in NY yesterday afternoon. GORGEOUS day today, crisp air, bright blue skies, energy everywhere! Had a great rehearsal with Jon, Kev and Dan.. I think that this will be a good gig tomorrow night. I hope that you … Continue reading 

The CDS are FINALLY HERE!! Woo Hoo

I am so excited about returning to NYC to do a GIG!

I will be at the R-Bar in NYC on Friday November 12th at 8pm sharp! I hope that you can come join me! I will be playing songs from the new CD ” Home by the River ” as well … Continue reading 

Been listening to James McMurtury for 3 days straight!

Forgot how much I like his music. Pandora rocks for jogging my ears!

It was not pretty BUT I can still say WHO DAT!!!!!

Tour Dates

Friendly gig reminder

 November 11, 2010

Just arrived in NY yesterday afternoon. GORGEOUS day today, crisp air, bright blue skies, energy everywhere! Had a great rehearsal with Jon, Kev and Dan.. I think that this will be a good gig tomorrow night. I hope that you … Continue reading 

The CDS are FINALLY HERE!! Woo Hoo

 November 8, 2010

I am so excited about returning to NYC to do a GIG!

 November 4, 2010

I will be at the R-Bar in NYC on Friday November 12th at 8pm sharp! I hope that you can come join me! I will be playing songs from the new CD ” Home by the River ” as well … Continue reading 

Jerry Moran

 September 21, 2010

Has outdone himself again! Love this picture Jerry.. Thanks for all of your hard work.

Just back from Clarksdale!

 July 11, 2010

OKIE DOKIE.. Just got back from a pilgrimage to the Mississippi Delta. We attended¬† The Oxford American’s Most Southern Weekend On Earth. It was a blast and we got to stay at the Shack Up Inn, eat tamales, drink beer, … Continue reading