Big Machine’s Drake White just released a new EP called Pieces, and just like with any of his prior music, he continues to march to the beat of his own drummer.
He likes that description of the new music. “I’ve always tried to go out there and do what was in my gut,” he tells Billboard. “I don’t think this is rocket science. It’s music, and you go out there and put it out there. You say ‘One, two, ready, go!’ You just do it. You don’t ask any questions. You just go with what makes you happy and what you love listening to as a kid sitting in your dad’s old truck. Rock it. Don’t overthink yourself. God knows I’ve done that before. The music just made me feel good. [Producer] Busbee made me feel good, and the players made me feel good. It wasn’t any harder than that.”
As always, the music of the Alabama native touches on country, rock and blues. If that seems like a wide mix, that’s the way he prefers it as a music lover. “In 2018, we are in a beautiful world,” he surmises. “We have an amazing opportunity to dial up anything we want to listen to immediately. I can listen to Randy Travis right now. I can tell Siri or Alexa to play him, and it’s that quick. Or I can listen to some kind of abstract Asian music that I’ve gotten into lately -- or any kind of random stuff. I can do that with just a simple command. I think that being baptized into so many different genres and so many different things, the availability of it is crazy.”