Nashville-Based Trio The Brummies Share New Pop Duet With Kacey Musgraves: Premiere

Robby Klein
The Brummies

Kacey Musgraves is riding high right now with her new album, Golden Hour, garnering the best reviews of her career, but that’s not the only place you can hear great new music from Billboard’s current cover girl. 

Listen below to the premiere of “Drive Away,” this shimmering pop track from The Brummies featuring Musgraves. The gorgeous song is one of the highlights on The Brummies’ lush new set, Eternal Reach, out April 6. Other tracks are already attracting listeners: “Takes Some Time” has garnered more than 1.3 million plays on Spotify, while “Norway” has also done well on Apple Music. 

The Nashville-based Brummies are John Davidson, Jacob Bryant and Trevor Davis. Davidson and Bryant have already had major songwriter success, having co-written “Done,” a No. 1 country hit for The Band Perry in 2013.

The Brummies’ music is melodic pop rock with more than a retro feel to many of the tunes —perhaps due to their recording everything on analog — but then they’ll toss in a catchy hook that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Killers record or rock out like arena headliners. This is an album to be listened to from start to finish. 

The dreamy “Drive Away” came together easily, says Bryant, who wrote the song and shares vocals with Musgraves. "I was dialing in drum sounds on a 4-track, and this melody came to me. I wanted to explore it more, and it took on a life of its own,” he says. “I had just finished reading [Elizabeth Gilbert’s] Big Magic and was very open to receiving inspiration. I was more aware of all of these little ideas floating around. Once the demo was complete, I sent it over to Kacey to see if she would like to sing on it and the rest is history.”

Bryant, Davidson and Davis toured with Musgraves worldwide in 2014 and 2015 under their previous name, John & Jacob, and have maintained a strong friendship with the singer. 

Sandbox, the same Nashville-based company that represents Musgraves, Little Big Town and Dan + Shay, is putting out the album. While Sandbox isn’t officially starting a label (Sandbox head Jason Owen already co-runs Monument with Shane McAnally), the company wanted to expand into non-country music and leaped  in a big way by managing The Brummies and releasing Eternal Reach. 

In addition to Musgraves, the members of The Brummies have toured with The Band Perry, Sam Palladio, the Wild Feathers, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Needtobreathe. You can catch them at Bonnaroo in June.