Drew Moreland släppte sitt självbetitlade debutalbum den 1 augusti. Större delen av skivan är inspelad hemma i hans trailer i Marion, Texas. Moreland har hittat ett speciellt sätt för att få till sången på inspelningen. Han har nämligen gjort sångpåläggen stående i mörkret i en garderob endast iklädd kortbyxor, linne och med en stadig whiskey i ena handen.
Enligt Moreland så hjälper whiskeyn honom att slappna av och hans sångröst blir på så sätt bättre. Han lider även vissa allergier som blir lättare att hantera med hjälp av whiskeyn. En något kontroversiell metod för att sätta sången, men knappast unik i countryvärlden.
Texas Music Pickers har gjort en intervju med Drew Moreland.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Drew Moreland: Hey, my name is Drew Moreland, and I’m a music addict...
Seriouly, though I’ve been singing and playing music since I was a kid. Growing up, I always thought it would be great to play music for a living and tour with a band. But, it wasn’t until recently, after overcoming some personal demons, that I felt like I had something to offer to the rest of the world with my songwriting and performing.
TMP: Who would you describe as your musical influences?
DM: When I was too young to pick my own music, my influences were great folk songwriters like Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Dan Fogelberg. In high school and college I listened to a lot of grunge rock and even got into shoegaze. My transition to country probably started with Wilco. Then, at the end of 2016 while guiding hunts in South Texas, I bought ALL of Turnpike’s albums on a friend’s recommendation. For the whole hunting season, I listened to them in the truck on repeat, and was blown away by both the quality of the writing and the energy in the songs. I had already been doing some writing with my brother-in-law Garland “Lee” Wenner and decided that if there was a scene where bands like Turnpike were gaining fans and selling out shows, that’s where I wanted to be.
TMP: How would you describe your style and sound?
DM: Man, it’s so hard to classify your own music. First and foremost, my aim is to keep it all in the broader Country genre, or at least Americana. But the style also includes blues, gospel, and southern rock. Most of the songs tell a story and still manage to have a catchy “hook” style chorus.
TMP: We’re really digging the new self-titled album! With this being your debut record, what are you hoping to accomplish with it?
DM: Most of all, I’m stoked to release enough music at once that listeners can get a feel for the broad range of material I’ve written and have been playing live. It’s hard to showcase that with just a couple singles. My hope is that this album will convert casual listeners into hardcore fans. I also feel like it’s hard for the industry to take an artist seriously before they release a full length album. Maybe this will open some more opportunities to us, only time will tell.
TMP: I understand that there was an interesting recording process with this album. Could you expand on where and how you recorded it.
DM: Sure. Before releasing my last single, I decided to buy my own studio gear and start tracking my own material so it would cost less than having to pay a studio do it all. “Bench Seat Revival” was the first song I tracked and edited myself before ultimately sending to a studio (BGM) for mixing and mastering. It was kind of a trip to see something I produced do so well on the Texas music charts. It worked so well, I decided to do the same thing for this album. I tracked and edited the Vocals, Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, and a few others in the single wide trailer where I live. On the last day of tracking, it was pouring down rain and I was worried about the noise bleeding onto the vocal tracks. Instead of waiting for the rain to stop, I decided to just put a mic outside, record the rain, and actually put it in the song (North Wind) and it came out great. I sent the tracks I had to BGM where we brought in some studio musicians to add fiddle, telecaster, and more steel guitar to the record. Bill Green did a great job with mixing/ and producing. And the mastering was done by a good friend, Aaron Patterson in Comfort, TX. Side note: Aaron and I played in a rock band together back in 2007, Tongue Tied Lighting.
TMP: If you had to pick just one song from the album, which song are you the most proud of?
DM: I’m proud of different songs for different reasons. As far as pure songwriting goes, I am most proud of “Prayer of an Outlaw”. Then, for being a song that captures something universal and hopefully will have a wide appeal to potential fans, “You Call it Texas, I Call it Home” is the winner in my book. That one was a 3 way collaboration between Garland “Lee” Wenner, Matthew Parker, and myself. Since it hasn’t been released yet, only time will tell if it lives up to the high expectations.
TMP: What’s your favorite thing to eat/ do while on the road?
DM: I like trying new BBQ restaurants every chance I get. And I keep my fishing pole in the van to kill time while we stopped in new towns.
TMP: What does the rest of 2018 look like for Drew Moreland?
DM: Once Bench Seat Revival comes off the chart, we have the next couple of radio singles lined up and ready to release. I can’t wait to see how they do and how fans react to the new material. In the meantime, we’ll keep traveling around the state and playing 3-4 shows a week. Then, usually around the end of year we take a small break and I have a chance to finish up songs that I’ve been working on.
TMP: Is there anything else you want listeners to know?
DM: It still blows me away that people like our material and come to our shows. Thanks for listening, and I hope to meet you the next time we play in your town!