The Big Fire
Venue Address (Get Directions)The 120 Tavern & Music Hall
Date and Time
Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 8:00pm
FREE SHOW Saturday, February 15th!
Drake White’s debut album is the musical equivalent of a hearty stew. It’s spicy, substantive and likely to leave you satisfied and smiling. The young singer/songwriter wrote or co-wrote each of the album’s 12 tracks and co-produced with Jeremy Stover. The songs reverberate with an appreciation for the things that mean the most in life as well as an infectious appetite for enjoying a good time and making the very most of every moment.
White’s zest for living and his musically adventurous spirit were cultivated by family and friends in his native Alabama. “I was always really interested in music at a very early age. Any time I heard music going on, I was drawn to it,” White says. “Our neighbor, Mr. Brown, was a bluegrass musician and that’s how I got my first guitar. My family has always been very musical. My dad can out sing me. He’s great and my mom is the same way. My father was a fan of rock and roll, so I grew up listening to Journey, Bob Seger, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Allman Brothers. He was always into Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson and all those guys too. My mom likes like Joe Cocker and stuff like that. There was always music on.”
White describes his music as “soulful, roots-based country with a little rock and a little funk.” His songs are populated with blue collar characters who aren’t afraid of hard work and know the value of family and friendship. The opening track, “Cold Beer With My Name On It,” is a fiddle-laced number about working all week and enjoying life off the clock to the fullest. “She Likes It Old School” celebrates the virtues of a woman who likes back roads, vinyl records, slow kisses, homemade ice cream and the very best of life’s simple, classic pleasures.
“If I Could Have a Drink” is a cleverly penned tune that opens with the line “If I could have a drink with Mr. Hank Williams, I’d ask him if the whisky made him feel strong.” White proceeds to envision conversations with Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash as he muses on life, love and choices made. The closing tune, “Always Want What You Can’t Have,” explores that universal longing for things just out of reach.
Part poet, part philosopher and part backwoods rabble-rouser, White has an ability to tap into the emotions of real people living authentic lives because he’s one of them. “I know who I am and my confidence probably outweighs my ability sometimes,” Drake says with a self-effacing laugh. “I experience stuff and I write about it all the time, so there’s an abundance of songs. I’ve always known what I wanted to say and I’ve always known what I wanted to be. I’ve had that gift all along. I’ve got this opportunity now and whatever way it goes, I’ll be smiling. Whether I’m singing on the street or if I’m singing at the Ryman, I’m going to be smiling either way as long as I get to make music.”