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Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors to Play for Hometown Crowd

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Drew Holcomb and the neighbors are set to play in Memphis on October 26 at the New Daisy on Beale. This comes after the release of  the bands’ newest album Good Light.

He recently told one interviewer about how his Memphis upbringing and current Nashville address started out at odds.

“I was kind of against the idea of living here. Memphis musicians kind of have a negative attitude toward Nashville,” Holcomb told thisweeknews.com.

You can read the whole article here.

We wanted to get his take on growing up in the 901 and how he’s been able to adapt to middle Tennessee, so we asked a few questions:

C901: What’s your favorite concert you have done in Memphis?

DH: I have probably played more concerts in Memphis than anywhere else in the country, mainly because I got my start here. Playing the Hi Tone every 3 months for the first few years of my career will always be the fondest Memphis music memory for me.

C901: What are your thoughts about it closing the old location and moving to Crosstown?

DH: I have not been to see the new venue yet, but I am sure it would be bittersweet. The old place was really falling apart so finding a new location was probably a great thing. I am sure they kept the vibe of the old place intact. I am looking forward to seeing the new place sometime when I have a night or two off in Memphis.

C901: What’s your favorite place to eat in Memphis?

DH: Buckleys on Poplar. That was the place we went for special occasions when I was growing up. A fantastic steak, great atmosphere. There are dozens of others, but Buckleys will always define my Memphis food experience.

C901: What’s your favorite memory growing up in Memphis?

DH: I grew up 5 doors down from my Grandparents, so riding my bike down the street to get caramels from Great Grandmother, watch my grandfather do taxidermy in the garage, and just the general “leave it to beaver” type of childhood I had is something that has shaped and defined a general hopefulness in my approach to life, music, friends and family.

C901: Do you really think watching your grandfather do taxidermy in the garage is “leave it to beaver” stuff? What was that like?

DH: My grandfather only did taxidermy with Birds, so no huge bloody animals. The “leave it beaver” comment was more based on the idea that living 5 houses down from your grandparents is very idyllic, riding my bike down the street, getting to spend time with them whenever I wanted. Not everyone has so many loving adults so closely interwoven into their lives at that age.

C901: A lot of people lately have been talking about the buzz in Memphis. You read about education innovation, the city centers development; what are you hearing both in Memphis and other places you end up on the road?

DH: One of the things I have always loved about Memphis is the civic pride that so many people carry. The people of Memphis want to see it succeed, so there are always lots of great ideas incubating about education, business development, neighborhood life, etc. The thing you hear out on the road about Memphis these days is mostly about the Grizzlies, and how a basketball team really can solidify a city and create a unity that was not there before. I love coming to games and seeing the melting pot of fans who want the team to succeed. I think that is only indicative of a larger movement towards a better and more successful city.

C901: What’s your advice to other Memphis musicians trying to make it?

DH: My advice is simple, work hard, it will take at least 5-10 years to see the fruit of your labor, and surround yourself with people who are willing to both challenge and encourage you creatively and professionally. Finally, being a musician is not just about the creative side, you have to take the business side very seriously too, or else the creative side will exist only in the confines of a hobby.

 

Below you’ll find the newest video from Good Light.

 

 

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