Drew Holcomb is a find of the year so far. yes, I had been tipped off about him but I didn’t take the risk. Listening to Medicine I am sorry I waited so long. Holcomb is a songwriter of the kind of crating I love. Songs that are easy on the ear but tickle the head and heart and soul over a lengthy time. To get a handle on the Holcomb and the Neighbours sound then maybe their last record of live session covers, Through The Night, will give you a clue. The choice of Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, U2, David Gray and Tom Waits give you a flavour of the rock, folk sound wrapped up in songwriter mould. la Being from Belfast I would describe Holcomb as Nashville’s Brian Houston. These are songs in the classic sense, performed with a great deal of passion and effervescent as a result. This is a collection of songs that deserve attention.
Holcomb like me has a Master in Theology and we touched similar subjects for dissertation, his was ‘Springsteen and American Redemptive Imagination’. He is married to the Christian Music Industry’s Brown Bannister’s daughter Ellie but Holcomb keeps the Christian from the top layer of his songs but faith nourishes the underneath. I am particularly in love with the song of fraternity Sisters Brothers, the love song You’ll Always Be My Girl and my favourite, Here We Go with its search for authenticity of soul and its understanding of what music does:
“Music, it makes you feel good, makes you feel understood,
like you’re not alone, you’re not a rolling stone,
not the only one on the road.”
Music that helps with my understanding! And that’s the best kind!