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Drew Dixon

Nashville, TN | Established. Jan 01, 2009

Nashville, TN
Established on Jan, 2009
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"DREW DIXON INTERVIEW BY CHRISTIAN LAMITSCHKA FOR COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE & RADIO SHOW"

Lamitschka: Tell us about your latest release.

Answer: This new EP is a collection of songs I've written over the last couple of years. It's swampy, bluesy, dark, and I love it. I got to write it with some of my favorite songwriters in Nashville, record it with some of my favorite musicians, and had an awesome team produce and engineer it.

Lamitschka: What will your next single be?

Answer: Madam D's, the story of a forbidden brothel in the swamp.

Lamitschka: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer: I naturally lean towards darker subjects and bluesy melodies. That's something I've realized over the years. I don't know if I empathize with these types of characters (more than in upbeat songs), or have a desire to connect with them more, but it's what I really enjoy.

Lamitschka: What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story
behind it?

Answer: Tough question. I couldn't say just one. Dead Man means a lot because it was my first Nashville single, and showed me that people were believing in what I was (and am) doing. Madam D's has such amazing characters in it and I love that guitar riff. South Carolina has turned into something bigger than I ever imagined it being, with people from all corners of the map singing along to it. To narrow it down would be like picking a favorite burrito, and that, my friend, is impossible.

Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer: Total. I'm fortunate to have very talented friends that help me in accomplishing what I want. From the lyrics of the song, to the music itself, to the album's artwork, I'm able to really dial in what I want the finished product to be.

Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer: On a broad scale, watching the way that the song South Carolina has gained popularity has been really cool. I get videos constantly from people playing it on boats, at house parties, at sporting events, and to see people singing along with their friends or families... it's is an amazing feeling. On a more personal level, the song Whiskey and Wine is super intimate, and I've had people become emotional while I'm playing it live. That's something that didn't occur to me when we wrote it. I didn't realize people would show that intimacy and vulnerability back to me. It's great.

Lamitschka: Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer: Musically I pull inspiration from a lot of areas. Bob Seger, Sam Cooke, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles... guys with unique voices you feel, rather than just hear. Doesn't always have to be a great voice, either; just make the listener have an experience. Literature also influences me. I read a lot so, for example, if I'm reading a historical nonfiction book, my song writing can become more direct or factual. If I'm reading a crime novel or science fiction, my writing sometimes gets more fantasy based. As far as my roots go, I grew up in the American South, and we always had some sort of music playing in our house. My dad is a huge Rolling Stones/Zeppelin fan, so that had an impact, but on the other hand, on Sundays he always played classical music. It wasn't one artist or even one genre all the time. My mother was in the church choir so listening to their practices and being in Church was another big influence. Blues, soul, rock, rap, chamber music. I was very fortunate to be exposed to a large variety of music growing up, and I think that shows in my writing.

Lamitschka: What do you think about today's music industry?

Answer: Haha I'll leave that to smarter people than me to analyze. I'm just happy to be playing music, and I think it's pretty cool how many options the listener has these days, because I'm a listener too as soon as I unplug my guitar.

Lamitschka: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it
be?

Answer: Motley Crue wouldn't be allowed to stop touring.

Lamitschka: As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you
like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer: The creative process, probably. Followed by touring. It's an incredible sensation to take a small spark of an idea and create an entire story that surrounds and supports it. Touring is like the final test of that creative process: will other people connect to it? Gets me fired up to think about, haha.

Lamitschka: Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy
where it is?

Answer: I would love to see Music Therapy become more widely-practiced. I'm part of an organization in Nashville called Musician's On Call that brings music to the bedsides of hospital patients in 22 different cities in America. I've seen so many people's day change just from listening to a few songs. Music is a powerful force, I truly believe that.

Lamitschka: What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Answer: I wouldn't really call anything in my career thus far a big break, haha. I think “going viral” is today's “big break”. It's very rare and extremely difficult to maintain. I've been working my ass off for a long time in this industry, and I wouldn't trade that for an extra million YouTube views or Instagram followers. The empty rooms in the nowhere towns that I've played are a point of pride. I'm grateful for it all. - COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS INTERNATIONAL


"DREW DIXON ANNOUNCES DEBUT EUROPEAN SHOWS"

Drew Dixon has shared the stage with Grammy-nominated rock act Kaleo, Corey Smith, country stars Chase Rice, Brett Young, LanCo, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jon Langston, Halfway to Hazard, and Ryan Hurd. Following his debut European tour in September, he will return to the States to open for southern-rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and Gov’t Mule. With so many high profile names knocking at his door for him to perform with them, it is clear that the South Carolina born rising star is a talent to keep a close eye on. - PLANET COUNTRY


"Drew Dixon Releases Self Titled EP- “Drew Dixon” and Announces European Tour Starting in September"

Drew Dixon has shared the stage with Grammy-nominated rock act Kaleo,
Corey Smith, country stars Chase Rice, Brett Young, LanCo, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jon Langston, Halfway to Hazard, and Ryan Hurd. Following his debut European tour in September, he will return to the States to open for southern-rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and Gov’t Mule. With so many high profile names knocking at his door for him to perform with them, it is clear that the South Carolina born rising star is a talent to keep a close eye on. For the last 8 years, Dixon has called Nashville, TN, home, while continuing to tour extensively. Dixon was born and raised in the south, where his musical upbringing centered around rock, soul, gospel, and R&B. His father’s record collection and his mother’s hymnal formed the basis of his musical attraction. 2015 saw the release of both his debut and follow up singles, “Dead Man,” and “All of My Pain.” Both singles, accompanied by music videos, received a strong welcome from the industry and fans alike. In 2016, Dixon toured heavily, including his first international shows in Mexico. 2017 brought three new songs, “Madam D’s” (reaching #15 on the iTunes charts), “South Carolina,” and “Whiskey and Wine,” as well as a music video (both acoustic and full production) for “Madam D’s”, which heads up his debut EP and has been selected by Dixon as his introduction to European audiences. - BRINGING COUNTRY CLOSER


"INTERVIEW: Drew Dixon"

Hi Drew, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

What’s up! Thanks for having me! I’ve been great. This summer has been a lot of fun, and our busy schedule this Fall has been extremely exciting to put together.

How have you been preparing yourself for this short tour on September?

By Yelping as many local places to eat as possible. Kidding, sort of. I’ve mostly been relying on people who already have international touring experience–be it on the artist side, road crew, or in management–and asking them as many questions as I can. Oh and I bought a new guitar case haha. I’m sure there will be some unexpected surprises, it’s almost unavoidable, but I’m beyond stoked for this tour!

Does leading the tour makes yourself feeling much nervous or rather the opposite?

I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, but I do get a bit of travel anxiety, no matter how far we’re traveling. Will the gear get there? Will we hit traffic/have flight delays? Will I get a window seat? Haha, those sort of things. I’ve had an amazing group of people helping me coordinate this particular tour, so it’s taken a lot of the stress out of it. On the music side, I know the guys on stage with me are super talented so that helps me relax as well. No matter what I’ll be worried about something going wrong, probably until I’m walking back into my place in Nashville after it’s all over haha.

Having toured with so many big names in the industry – what have you learned from these experiences?

To always remain humble for any opportunity to play for people. I’ve played to empty rooms and I’ve played to sell out crowds, but if you take any of it for granted, you won’t enjoy the fact that you’re doing what you love. Also, knowing how to interact with other people in close quarters for long periods of time. Nothing else can prepare you for that, besides actually doing it. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by a crew that all have the same sense of humor so that really helps–only a couple black eyes/stitches needed.

Do you put any of these teachings on your solo stints?

Most definitely. Playing an empty room when you’re solo on stage is way tougher, in my opinion, than with a band. With the band you can joke around with your buddies between songs, or work on new material. When it’s just you and a bartender or sound guy, it really tests your commitment. And I’ve had PLENTY of those tests haha.

Having released your new self-titled EP – would you be playing the whole record in its entirety?

Absolutely! I really love the sound of this EP, start to finish. Not to mention our brand new material that isn’t even recorded yet!! We’ll be showing it all off on this tour.

Any surprises?

We’ve been known to play cover songs that you wouldn’t expect from a blues/rock band. There will most certainly be a few of those. We won’t be able to bring the pyrotechnics and Cirque du Soleil performers with us on this first run, unfortunately.

Does your set list or approach tends to change depending on the venue?

Not necessarily. We played a Country Club (private golf club) in Alabama and our set list was basically the same as the dirty dive bar we played a few days later. We’re going to play our style of music no matter what.

What’s become the most challenging aspect of touring?

Haha tough to narrow it down to just one. The emails are difficult in the beginning, especially with new areas that you haven’t toured before. Just getting someone to give you a solid yes/no can drive you crazy. Then once the tour is booked, the logistics of moving a group of individuals, efficiently, across a designated area of land is a huge undertaking. It can be intimidating but I’ll reference the people who have helped me with this upcoming European tour again: having people that you can call on when you feel overwhelmed or trapped on a dead end road (literally and figuratively) is invaluable.

What else is happening next in Drew Dixon’s world?

It really has been an exciting year. Literally 5 days after we get back from Europe we’re going on the road and opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd. We have some new material that I hinted at before, and so the goal for the Fall is to get that recorded and ready for release early next year, hopefully around the time we’re headed back to Europe again. We’ll tour some more in The States to finish out the year. New England, Southern California, and we always do a holiday show in South Carolina in December. But right now my focus is on Europe; this tour means a lot to me. It’s been a dream of mine for over a decade to play in Europe, and to think that in a few weeks we’ll be there is a total trip. Pun not intended. - VENTS Magazine


"DREW DIXON"

Drew Dixon has shared the stage with Grammy-nominated rock act Kaleo, Corey Smith, country stars Chase Rice, Brett Young, LanCo, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jon Langston, Halfway to Hazard, and Ryan Hurd. Following his debut European tour in September, he will return to the States to open for southern-rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and Gov't Mule. With so many high profile names knocking at his door for him to perform with them, it is clear that the South Carolina born rising star is a talent to keep a close eye on. With his debut EP about to be released in the UK to coincide with his debut European tour, we asked him what songs make him...

Smile

“Whitehouse Road” by Tyler Childers. It's an amazing song, with a beat I can't help but nod my head to. I basically yell the lyrics whenever the song comes on.

Contemplate

“Work Song” by Hozier. A song about how even death couldn't keep him from his baby, told poetically and perfectly. Absolutely incredible.

Cry

“Seven Spanish Angels” by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson. A tragic yet beautiful love story told by two iconic voices. A perfect recipe for some crying.

Laugh

Anything by Wheeler Walker, Jr... I don't think I can even say the song titles; I'll keep this family-friendly.

Want to work out

“10,000 Fists In The Air” by Disturbed. Really anything by Disturbed gets me fired up and ready to run through a wall.

Reminisce

“Birthday” by The Beatles. When I was young, my dad would make my sister and me wait in the hallway on our birthdays. We weren't allowed to even see our gifts until this song was playing. He took great joy in taking as long as possible before finally pressing “Play”.

Relax

“Teardrop” by Massive Attack. I don't know if it's the echo-y music or the woman's voice singing, but this song puts me in a place of zen.

Feel Determined

“Hollywood Nights (Live in Boston)” by Bob Seger. I can put this song on and by the start of the first chorus I want to accomplish any and everything.

Dance

“September” by Earth Wind and Fire. I have a dance routine to this song that atleast one dance partner has called, “way over the top.” Easy choice. - YORKSHIRE TIMES


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Drew
Dixon has shared the stage with legendary southern rock acts Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grand Funk Railroad, Grammy-nominated rock act Kaleo,
Corey Smith, country stars Chase Rice, LanCo, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jon
Langston, Halfway to Hazard, and Ryan Hurd.


For
the last 9 years, Dixon has called Nashville, TN, home, while
continuing to tour extensively. Dixon was born and raised in the
south, where his musical upbringing centered around rock, soul,
gospel, and R&B. His father's record collection and his mother's
hymnal formed the basis of his musical attraction. Dixon attended The
University of Georgia, where he continued to develop and surround
himself with incredible musical talent.


2015
saw the release of both his debut and follow up singles, "Dead
Man," and "All of My Pain." Both singles, accompanied
by music videos, received a strong welcome from the industry and fans
alike. In 2016, Dixon toured heavily, including his first
international shows in Mexico. 2017 brought 3 new songs, "Madam
D's" (reaching #15 on the iTunes charts), "South Carolina,"
and "Whiskey and Wine," as well as a music video (both
acoustic and full production) for Madam D's.


2018
didn't slow down, with 3 live music video releases and a
California/Mexico tour in January alone. 3 additional live music
videos, 3 single releases (2 Spotify exclusives and 1 all-market),
and an independently-booked touring schedule kept Dixon moving for
the entirety of the year. Highlights included playing the legendary
Georgia Theater in Athens, GA, and the outdoor Whiskey Jam stage in
Nashville, TN, during CMA Fest.


2019
has been busy. Tours in California and Mexico, the southeastern region of the US, a 3-song EP recorded... and that was all before April! The summer brought appearances in both Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, and CMA Fest in Nashville, TN.  The Fall included Dixon's first headlining European tour, through Ireland, England, Germany, and Italy, as well as opening for legendary acts Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grand Funk Railroad in the US.  

2020 will have Drew returning to Europe in April, as well as shows throughout the US. 

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