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The best kept secret in music

Press


"Live Performance Critique"

Cathy Burch - 2005

"Their Sound is infectious...'Back There All The Time'...is radio friendly, leaning toward pop with rocking guitar licks and driving melodies and lyrics that will stick in your head after one listen... (Drew's) voice grows softer on the pop-country ditty 'Back There,' which showcases the band's delicious harmonies and the banjo prowess of back up vocalist Loren Ellis, who also plays a mean lead guitar and mandolin. In Davis, Steele (Jeffrey Steele - co-writer/producer) has found a wonderful voice for his words. - Arizona Daily Star


"New Artist Spotlight"

"One of the sensations at this year's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville is the Drew Davis Band." - CMT - Joe Zanger 2005


"Neste Event Marketing"

"I was so blown away by their talent, stage presence, and unique sound that I've booked them in 2005 for several events." - Gil Cunningham, President of Neste Event Marketing - 2005


"Showdown Winners"

"2003 Colgate Country Showdown winner the Drew Davis Band stopped by Country Weekly the other day to perform "Back there All The Time," the first single from their upcoming album. The six-piece Califonia-based band's album was produced by red-hot songwriter Jeffrey Steele, a producer on Montgomery Gentry's latest CD. Not only are Drew and his bandmates truly talented, they're generous, too. They brought us a couple of Greg Bennett acoustic guitars. They signed one for our office to keep and another for a giveaway at the Country Weekly booth during the CMA Music Festival this June. Thanks, guys!" - Country Weekly 2005 - Larry Holden


"Country Weekly Article"

Be sure to look under "Photos" for a Spotlight on the Drew Davis Band in Country Weekly! - Nov. 7, 2005


Discography

Debut EP coming out October 4th
Full Album out Spring 2006

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

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From time to time, a group of players get together who’s exceptional talents generate incredible amounts of enthusiasm, energy, and musical chemistry. When this rare combination occurs ears perk up, volume increases, and their album finds a permanent home in the CD player – locked on repeat.

The Drew Davis Band (DDB) entered the music scene in 2004 with a bang, winning the Colgate Country Showdown and captivating an audience of over 6 million country music fans! Their sound, familiar yet distinctive generated a buzz that caused people to stand up and take notice of the “Best New Act in Country Music.”

The vibe of The DDB drew the attention of renowned singer/songwriter Jeffrey Steele, who agreed to produce their debut studio project – the same project that is now leading fans from all music genres toward The DDB with arms wide open!

The DDB’s collaboration wasn’t planned, and the road traveled has been an uphill, rocky journey. In their first year together, in addition to their group gigs, each of the guys held down individual day jobs just to make ends meet. Drew Davis (lead singer), performed at events such as the 2004 Sugar Bowl, the 2002 Academy Awards, the Emmy’s, and at venues such as the world famous Hollywood Bowl. Mike Drake (guitar/fiddle) toured Europe and the U.S. as a soloist. Loren Ellis (guitar/mandolin/banjo) was committed to a popular bluegrass band. Jay Hawks (drums), had a tour schedule lined up to play with artists like Wayne Brady, Zaca Creek, and the band Nelson. Mo Levone (bass) was on the faculty of the University of Southern California where he was teaching electric bass. Roger Malinowski (keyboards) was busy earning five Grammy nominations.

As separate entities, each musician had already established themselves in the industry, with a list of accolades and the respect of their peers, but this was brand new territory and a new direction. Each member of the band made the decision to sacrifice their success as individual entertainers to test the waters as a brand new band. It was “the force” that drew them together. “I think that Drew is ‘the force’, being the visionary that he is,” Roger laughs. “He had met each of us at different times on different occasions, and he’s the one that continued to pressure us to get together and write.” It was at that moment that the DDB was formed and a brotherhood was born. “We realized that we were on to something. Now we just needed a way to introduce ourselves as a band, boost our exposure and expand our audience. That’s when Jay suggested we enter a competition,” Roger reflects.

Following Jay’s direction, The DDB entered what they thought was merely a local contest. Unbeknownst to the band, the competition was the first level of the Colgate Country Showdown. Each of the four rounds (local, state, regional, and national) consisted of 12 bands competing for top honors. “All we really wanted to do was get in front of more people. We were fortunate enough to keep winning! I think the entire competition involved 50,000 bands,” says Jay. “When they announced our name at the finals on national television as the champions it was an unbelievable feeling because that was a sign. Not only had we accomplished our goal, but it was a collaborated effort among friends.” The DDB was the national winner receiving the grand prize of $100,000.00.

That victory was only the beginning.

In their first year together, the band continued to receive praise and recognition from the biggest names in country music. They were named BMI’s “Pick of the Month,” an award seldom given to independent acts, and on their way from Nashville back to Los Angeles, Drew met Jeffrey Steele and the Vice President of Creative Affairs for Windswept Publishing who immediately made arrangements to work with the group to record their debut album. “We were literally on a five hour flight and in that short time we were offered a publishing deal, Jeffrey Steele’s talent as a producer, and ultimately a record deal,” Drew comments. “The entire experience has been like a dream.”

Following months of careful song selection, The DDB was in a Nashville studio working on their album. Their initial drive to write together produced several recordable singles for their debut project, as well as honing their judgment in selecting additional tracks. “It was a lengthy process, but it was important that we felt confident in our selections and made sure the songs were representative of the band’s direction and influences,” Drew adds. “Our first single ‘Back There All The Time’ is a personal favorite.” The single has long been a favorite of the band, as it was the first track they recorded in the studio. It is also one of several Jeffrey Steele cuts on the album.

Continuing their momentum outside of the studio, The DDB was given a shot to perform at one of the nation’s pre