After promising his dentist father that he work hard as a professional musician, Memphis native Drew Holcomb found a band of agile, competent musicians whose musical library is vast and deep and demanding. Along the way, he married his wife, Ellie. She quit her teaching job and joined the band, and toured for seven years. Drew and his band, the Neighbors, made several records, and spent the majority of the last decade on the road. Their songs have made their way to TV on dozens of shows like “Nashville,” “Parenthood,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” They have toured with artists like the Avett Brothers, John Hiatt, Needtobreathe, and sold out their own shows in places from Chicago to Austin, LA to New York, London to Denver, and selling over 100,000 records in the process, all while staying independent
In his interview, recorded at Folk Alley’s studio at WKSU in Kent, Ohio, Drew talks about song development and telling his stories of real people and important moments. Songs from his latest CD, ‘Medicine,’ were inspired by happy times (like a magical night at Bonnaroo) or tough times. He also shares an image-shattering memory about a banana suit. His stop at the Folk Alley studios was solo, creating an intimate portrait of the musician on the road.