Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors w/ Josh Noren
May 1st 7:00 PM
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors w/ Josh Noren

May
1
7:00 PM
City Sessions

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors w/ Josh Noren

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors with Josh Noren
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors w/ Josh Noren
Opens
6:30 PM
Starts
May 1st 2020 · 7:00 PM (Fri)
Ends
May 1st 2020 · 9:30 PM (Fri)
Where
13416 Dickson Rd, Hiwasse, AR 72739
Refund Policy
No Refunds Unless Canceled or Rescheduled
Music
Americana
Ages
All Ages
Attendance
In Person
Prices
$28.00 - $35.00
Details
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors are coming to NWA! May 1st at Farm Studios with hometown artist Josh Noren Music opening. It's going to be an incredible night of music, and you'll want to get your ticket early before it sells out.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors (listed below), for only $28 you get a show + 1 drink ticket! All other drinks are a suggested cash donation to City Sessions.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Walton Family Foundation
Signature Bank of Arkansas
Engel & Völkers NWA
Newell Development
Heather Adams DDS
Village Insurance
TC Screen Printing
Bike Rack Brewing Co
Story Marketing
Guess Who?


Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Dragons
Drew Holcomb’s songs have always charged his listeners’ hearts and minds while inspiring them
to think, feel, dance, and love. But with his new album, Dragons, his subject material finds the
singer using a finer brush and mixing more of the joys, struggles, and specific moments of his
own life than ever before to help him paint his masterpieces and connect with fans on a universal
level. With its modern production, careful sense of craft and collaboration, and rafter-reaching
anthems carrying profound, intentional lyrics, the album represents Drew Holcomb and The
Neighbors’s biggest moment yet, a powerful portrait stretched across a wide sonic canvas.
The story of Dragons is the culmination of myriad events, connections, challenges, and years of
hard, determined work for Holcomb, both as a bandleader and a family man. For the last decade,
the Tennessee-based musician has established himself as one of Americana and Southern roots
music’s freshest upstarts, building his following and critical appeal with every release, show, and
venture. From his position as curator and entrepreneur with various undertakings—from co-creator of the successful, diverse Moon River Music Festival that makes its sold-out home in
Chattanooga this Fall, to the Magnolia Record Club vinyl subscription program that he founded
and curates on a monthly basis—to his role of husband for the last 14 years and father to three
children, Holcomb cites the nature of his life of late as equal parts “collaborative” and “chaotic.”
Having released a full-length Neighbors album, Souvenir, in 2017 to much acclaim, a co-released
EP with Johnnyswim, Goodbye Road, in 2018, enjoyed the stripped-down and mostly sold-out
“You & Me” tour with his wife, singer Ellie Holcomb, in 2018 and early 2019, and opened larger
shows for Willie Nelson and the Zac Brown Band with The Neighbors, Holcomb’s legend and
reach continues to grow. So when it came time to begin work on a new album, he forced himself
to try something different and to mine untapped territory—and in a manner he had never before
attempted.
As Holcomb embarked on the tour for Souvenir in 2017, he disciplined himself to write new
songs in a more consistent manner than his past efforts. Where his previous work was written
more in lump sum moments during specific blocks of time set aside for creative outburst, he
found that spending two to three days each week with his guitar in hand and working on new
material yielded better results in both quantity and diversity. Inspired to “throw off some self-imposed shackles” in terms of subject matter and style, the new material was shaping up to point
him in an altogether new and exciting direction—and perhaps because he had opened himself up
to writing while his “normal” life was rolling along, the songs began to take on a more intimate
point of view.
To assist him with the scope of the challenge, Holcomb turned to his friends and peers for
collaboration—in fact, six of Dragons’s ten songs are co-writes. Even though he was writing
about his own unique experiences, Holcomb discovered that the support of other trusted ears and
hearts proved valuable beyond his estimation. From working with the legendary Lori McKenna
on several songs and country songwriting star Natalie Hemby on another, to previous tourmate
Sean McConnell as well as Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow, Holcomb learned how to reap
the benefits of sharing without being territorial while ultimately serving his own vision for the
pieces at large. He also co-wrote the song “Bittersweet” with producer and songwriter Cason
Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, American Authors), loving the process and result so much that he
invited Cooley to produce the entire album.
Cooley took Holcomb and the Neighbors to the esteemed Echo Mountain studio in Asheville,
North Carolina, to record in January of 2019. They shared a vision for the finished album that
would give it a more modern sound than Holcomb’s previous recordings, with his songs
balancing the line of large, layered anthems with nuanced singer-songwriter moments—or, as he
says, “expanding the emotional architecture of the songs so that the bigger themes and emotions
would have space to hit harder.” Having always allowed his band—including Rich Brinsfield on
bass, Nathan Dugger on guitar, and session drummer Will Sayles—to play by its own rules,
Holcomb and company again embraced that ethos and remained open-minded for the inclusion
of any instrument, tweak, technique, or style as long as it served the human element and earnest
feeling of each song. Several were tracked live with minimal studio tweaking occurring
afterwards, and others were built over time with a more fastidious approach. The result is
Holcomb’s brightest and most complex album yet, a focused and cohesive affair that challenges
the sonic notions of where his music can travel while still connecting directly to his listeners’
hearts.
Dragons begins with “Family,” an infectious, upbeat stomper about the universal yet unique
nostalgia of growing up, as told through the reflective lens of fatherhood. “My family gave me
wings to be a songwriter,” Holcomb says. “Family can drive you crazy but it can also be the tie
that binds.” A staple in the band’s live set for the past year, it originally had more of a front porch
feel but evolved into its worldly, amped-up Paul Simon-esque version during the recording
process. Next, “End of the World” is an electrified clarion call for unity, community, and revelry
in the upside-down world of today—Holcomb’s take on eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow
you die. “Sometimes throwing a party is the only way to fight off the darkness, and I wanted it to
be an epic, boisterous, raise-your-glass-and-yell-with-me anthem,” he says. The song forced him
out of his comfort zone and stretches him to new vocal and melodic heights, resulting in one of
the most rewarding moments of his career to date.
A similar triumph from a different corner of his soul is “You Never Leave My Heart,” a touching
and tender daydream filled with sadness that Holcomb wrote right after the New Year about the
death of his brother nearly 20 years ago. For most of that time he had been unable to write in a
way that captured the full scope of grief and emotional loss, but last January he found the right
words and sings them through the most intense and sublime vocal performance of his career,
leaving every piece of his heart on the studio floor in the process. Meanwhile, songs for his son
and wife, “See the World” and “But I’ll Never Forget the Way You Make Me Feel,” showcase a
similarly sensitive approach, highlighted by Holcomb’s knack for multi-level details and his
ability to share the intimate moments of his most meaningful relationships in a universal way.
But the album’s true heart is its eponymous song, “Dragons,” a strong, vibrant tune about
wrestling down the various roles we all play while living a life filled with love and pride.
Inspired by Holcomb’s grandfather, a larger-than-life personality who embodied the spirit of
living to his peak until his final days, the song imagines his ghost-like return to visit Holcomb in
a dream. It is a bombastic number about bearing witness to the truth and justice the world lacks,
despite not knowing what tomorrow might bring. And while searching for a title for the entire
record, Holcomb recognized the song’s bigger implications and realized how its message
exemplifies the larger work.
“A big part of this record for me was about taking stock of the many roles I play and
synthesizing them into the emotions of these songs,” Holcomb says. “I’ve made peace with the
fact that I live a pretty normal life—I’ve got a happy marriage, healthy kids, a job I enjoy
immensely—and yet still I’m reminded of the quote: ‘Always be kind, for everyone you meet is
fighting a great battle.’ Everybody is trying to fight their way through some sort of hell; people
wake up every morning and there are dragons they have to slay that day. What I’ve learned is
that music is here to help us overcome and get through life and survive those moments.”
For Drew Holcomb, music is what helps us try to understand our place in a world full of equal
parts chaos, confusion, love, and community, and Dragons is his reminder to all of us to keep
fighting the good fight and to never give up.