It seems Drew Young has been kissed by a voodoo high priestess recently. Back in New Orleans by way of New York, Drew’s been cutting his teeth on that Crescent City sound.
And since his move from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, things seem to have been going his way. Not only has he had the opportunity to get lost in the French Quarter and collect some battle scars along the way, he’s also had the good fortune to write some beautiful music with Anders Osborne and Jim McCormick – leading to what many say is the best work of his career.
Drew is originally from Atlanta, Ga and got his start in the trenches of nearby Athens, as the founder and frontman of the jangly guitar-driven Ruben Kincaid. Since then, he’s been traversing the country in a variety of beat up vehicles, stopping along the way to work with some of the most talented musicians and offbeat characters in “the biz.”
A chance meeting with inimitable drummer/producer Brady Blade provided the momentum to set this recording in motion. Brady had performed with many of Drew’s musical influences including Daniel Lanois and Buddy Miller. The proverbial stage was set for the making of Drew’s Fifth CD. Drew assembled a top-notch roster of talented luminaries to bring his musical vision to life. Armed with a quiver full of well-crafted songs and his vintage Gretsch six string, Drew and his posse landed at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana. There on the banks of the Vermillion River in the heart of Cajun country, the guys stuffed themselves with cuisine prepared by Redneck Chef Brian from Kokomo, Mississippi. When they weren’t doing that, they drank brown water, dodged gators and howled at the moon. Oh yeah, and along the way they also created some pretty great music.
The cast of characters included:
Wardell Quezergue (The Creole Beethoven )
With so much talent involved, how could this not be a great project? You’ll hear a lot of musical influences here, including The Band, Neil Young, Tom Petty, The Beatles, REM, and Fleetwood Mac. But don’t be fooled. The music still has a uniqueness all its own. Drew’s inimitable voice, style and character are all here. Only now, he’s finally captured his musical past, wrestled it to the ground and taken possession of it.
Drew set out to make the best Damn Drew Young CD that he could and the resulting CD is just that. I could go on and on with overused superlatives like “awesome” “phenomenal” etc.. but that would be insulting to the listener and reader. What you have in Drew Young is an artist at his peak making music the way it should be done, from the heart, well crafted, honest and universal. All Drew ever wanted was to be a part of the soundtrack for the moments in the listeners’ lives. If this is the case than Drew Young can sleep well knowing that his MISSION WAS ACCOMPLISHED.