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Jim Drew / Press

“Pretty cool actually!!! Your voice reminds me a bit of Ian Anderson / Jethro Tull!”

Ken Tamplin - Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

“It has been quite some time since I have had the pleasure of experiencing such a professionally managed, musically sharp, visually stimulating show. As someone who appreciates high quality sound, musical talent and a musician's ability to carry me on a journey that stirs emotions in me, makes me laugh, makes me cry and leaves me wanting more, I could not have asked for a better experience. I can only say that Jim and his band have my unending gratitude, admiration and I am truly in awe. From the rocking and gentle full range of percussion, the lightening ripping guitar riffs, the sweet piano accompaniment, the thumping deep base, and Jim's amazing vocals, all the way to the emotional acoustic tribute to soldiers and families left behind... to the fun drum solos out in the audience, you gave us all an "Experience", not just a concert....”

Ed Suk - Upstage NY Director - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

“Jim is a member of our international Songwriters Group, so I listened to this with interest. Jim's music is built around his deceptively simple, but always appropriate acoustic guitar playing. He is a powerful balladeer who has integrated classic rock, west coast country, and even some Celtic influences. The songs reflect his worldview, and yet tell stories in an interesting way. Come let me spit in your eyes casts an allegory to an extreme measure to restore life to our sight. Why 2 K drips with irony at those who exploited human fears of a new millennium. "When", tackles the touchy issue of a friend's death by suicide. I'm impressed both with the clever, yet not overdone lyricism of the album, and the quality yet not "slick" production. Thanks Jim for sending me something worth listening to. If you like John Mellencamp, I think you'll like this ”

Ken Davis - InsideOut Music- Australia

“An excerpt from the Rochester, New York's band's Myspace page reads, "There is something special about a band that you have not heard before. . . yet you feel like you know them from note one." Although having never heard of or had the pleasure of listening to this band before, there is an instant and welcome familiarity to be found from the very beginning of this album. No stranger to CD releases, lead vocalist and songwriter Jim Drew actually has eight albums to his name prior to 'Escape Velocity' but this is the first with Humble Soul. Based in the disciplines of classic and modern rock music, yet continually drawing from blues, jazz, folk and country sounds, this album is truly eclectic. From Coheed and Cambria to Clapton, from Alter Bridge to America, it has something for everyone who loves to rock while the lyrics are beautifully crafted which will widen your smile and open your eyes. Definitely an album to be enjoyed over and over again.”

James Lidgett - Crossrhythms Magazine

“Many singer-songwriters show supreme strength in a singular sound. On the other hand, Jim Drew’s talents are seemingly inexhaustible. He has garnered critical recognition as a talent manager, producer, and originator of what his website calls “pizza rock” — a filling phonic pie “topped with just about everything in the house. Some of it’s hot, some sweet, some spicy, some cheesy, but it’s all delicious.” Drew started his sonic sojourn as a toddler by singing in choirs, performing in musicals, and playing in bands with friends. His dedication to his craft has led to seven solo albums that showcase his eclectic and intriguing style.”

Rochester City Newspaper