Thursday, May 18, 2017

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at Irving Plaza

Singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb began his musical career as a solo artist in his native Memphis, Tennessee. He met guitarist/keyboardist Nathan Dugger while in high school, and once Holcomb and his wife, Ellie Holcomb, relocated across the state to East Nashville, the trio recruited bassist Rich Brinsfield and later drummer Jonathan Womble. Since they all lived in the same zip code, they called the band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Ellie Holcomb no longer tours with the band. The band's seventh studio album, Souvenir, was released on March 24, 2017.

At Irving Plaza tonight, Drew Holcomb led the Neighbors in folk-pop songs with a bit of Americana twang. Most of the set was soft and sparse, with Holcomb's thick, emotive vocals backed by simple arrangements. Holcomb finger picked an acoustic guitar for much of the set, and the band punctuated the melodies with subtle flourishes. The beauty of the set was how it was so clearly focused on the songs. The lyrics were easily heard and digested, and Holcomb's hearty vocals made them engagingly vivid. An honest wholesomeness permeated the fabric of the set with almost child-like innocence. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors' front-porch-styled concert was pleasingly refreshing.

Visit Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at www.drewholcomb.com.