Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors will release their forthcoming album, Dragons, on August 16. Billboard is exclusively premiering the title track today (May 21).
The stripped-down country-folk tune is assisted by the Lone Bellow, while Holcomb’s rhythmic vocals remain at the forefront of the track as he recalls some sage advice from his grandfather.
Holcomb describes title track “Dragons” as “the lynchpin” of his upcoming record. Additional piano, acoustic guitar and driving percussion accompaniment further flesh out the anthemic track, which is about a dream of being visited by the ghost of his grandfather.
“My grandfather was a larger than life man who fished, hunted, camped, raised bird dogs, won the club championship, did taxidermy, was a war surgeon in World War II, [and] swept my grandmother off her feet in their teenage years,” Holcomb tells Billboard.
He adds, “Zach [Williams] and I wrote this song thinking about our long-gone grandpas and what they would say to us now. It’s a big song about fighting the good fight and never giving up, bearing witness to the truth and justice the world lacks, even though we don’t have a damn clue what tomorrow might bring.”
In addition to the Lone Bellow, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors’ upcoming album Dragons features collaborations with Lori McKenna and Natalie Hemby.
When he’s not writing and releasing music on his own, Holcomb serves as a festival co-creator. His Moon River Music Festival will return to Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Sept. 7-8 after relocating from Memphis two years ago. The 2019 festival is sold-out and includes performers Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Holcomb, among others.
Listen to “Dragons” below.