2013 Band of the Year
(Metro Pulse Magazine)
(Beachfront Radio Awards)
(Beachfront Radio Awards)
(Beachfront Radio Awards)
(Beachfront Radio Awards)
Southern Drawl Band is based out of Nashville and Knoxville Tennessee and
"is one of the Nation's hottest emerging bands, ranking top among the best live performances to come along in decades" (Lorren Cornelius-Geffen Records A&R).
A "must see, swampy grit of modern country combined with a rockin' your face off stage performance that brings back the days when bands knew how to put on a show" (Dermott McCormack-Sony/Viacom Programming).
Sweating out their own brand of rockin' country music with a twist of lime, the band has been relentlessly touring the U.S. from Coast to Coast since it's beginnings in 2012. Agressively playing over 200 shows a year to sold out crowds of fiercely loyal fans. "Tirelessly building our grass roots fan base from the ground up is the key to our success" says Mike Nash, frontman and guitarist for the band. "We have been honored to have won several awards for Band of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year beacuse of the support of our incredible fans who will regularly drive hundreds of miles for our shows and who have spread our message like wild fire".
During their relatively short tenure, Southern Drawl Band has had the priveledge of sharing the stage with such artists as Neil McMcoy, Pure Prarie League, The Romantics & Cody Canada to name a few and coming later in 2015 they will be performing along side Country music legend Aarron Tippen at Pelican Stadium in South Carolina as well as being the opening act for emerging modern mega-stars Blackberry Smoke. One of the band's most exciting achievements came in 2012 when the University of Tennessee debuted the video for the band's rocked up, barn burning version of "Rockytop" on the jumbo-tron at Neyland Stadium to a sold out crowd of over 102,000. The song went on to smash radio charts and is one of the most popular versions in America being played on NBC's Sunday Night Football for millions of viewers in celebration of Peyton Manning's record breaking touchdown pass in October of 2014.
Working with Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning producer Travis Wyrick on their first three studio albums and proven hit writer's such as Thom Shepherd ("Redneck Yacht Club"-Craig Morgan, "Private Malone"-David Ball) and Chris Robbins ("Ride"-Martina McBride) as well as musicians like Andy Wood (Rascal Flatts), Rob Hajacos (Garth Brooks) and Doyle Grisham (Jimmy Buffett), the band has won several awards for Album of the Year and Song of the Year as well as several nominations for a variety of awards including placing #50 on Country's Top 100 of the Year. Their music has been used in televison programs on stations such as GAC (Great American Country) and CMT (Country Music Television) and the band is also one of the featured performers in the upcoming Hollywood movie "Parrotheads" set to release in 2015. Southern Drawl Band's music can be heard on major radio stations all around the country as well as on Sirius XM's Radio Margaritaville & The Highway. They can also be found on uncountable numbers of internet radio stations around the globe including Pandora, Beachfront Radio.com, and iTunes radio. Plans for the band's first international tour dates are currently being finalized for shows in Mexico, Canada and even a Caribbean Cruise in April of 2016 in addition to many of the major music festivals in the U.S.
Much like their derivative name, Southern Drawl Band is a melting pot of sound, attitude and entertainment. Defined in categories like Country, Southern Rock, Tropical Rock, and even Bluegrass, Southern Drawl Band attracts a range of listeners from a broad spectrum of music genres and extends no restrictions on a targeted audience. Their unique trait of extraordinary music and song writing, along with impressive entertainment style and unforgettable live performance is what sets this band apart from any other on the market.
Southern Drawl Band was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Mike Nash and drummer Larry Dunsmore in May of 2011. From there, other members Paul Wray (bass), David Crow (lead guitar) and J.D. Edge (violin) and Melanie Howe (percussionist) have strategically been added to form the group they are today. Since 2012, Southern Drawl Band has generated an National fan base of over 20,000 and is performing at many of the nation's leading festivals along side some of the biggest names in the business. The scope of success for Southern Drawl Band is continually intensifying as each day unfolds and their star is unquestionably on the rise.
Southern Drawl Band is proud to now exclusively play SIT guitar and bass strings!
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SDB now proudly endorses Mesa/Boogie amplification. For more info checkout Mesa's website
Southern Drawl Band continues it success by winning another Band of the Year award from the esteemed Trop Rock Music Association for 2014. The band was nominated in 5 categories.
Southern Drawl Band is the winner of the 2014 Horizon Award from the TRMA awards for best new band. The band was nominated in 5 categories.
Southern Drawl Band's version of Rocky Top plays on NBC's Sunday Night Football in celebration of Peyton Manning's record breaking #509 touchdown pass!
Watch video: http://youtu.be/06TwyS2ZhIk
Southern Drawl Band releases their 1st full production video in support of the Just Passin Thru album. "Gone With the Wind" goes on to be nominated for Song of the Year in the 2014 TRMA awards.
Southern Drawl Band can now be heard around the world on Sirius XM's "The Highway" Channel 56!!
Southern Drawl Band is recognized by CMT (Country Music Television) as an official member!
Check out the latest news article from The Maryville Daily Times discussing the past, present, and future of the band
Southern Drawl Band is finally coming home to Knoxville!
A review for The Crab Island Mambo
By Fred McFarlin firstname.lastname@example.org
I first heard about the Southern Drawl Band from my friend, Shurl Galliher- Gates. Shurl lives in the Tampa area and runs a music management business, where she works with a number of artists, including the Southern Drawl Band. I was talking to her about last year’s Meeting Of The Minds and the possibility of doing some recording for my internet radio show, “Trop Rockin’ Live” (heard Thursdays and Sundays on BeachFrontRadio.com). Shurl suggested I check out SDB and put me in touch with lead singer and front man, Mike Nash (aka “Nash Mike”).
At this point, let me tell you a little about my background. I’m currently a radio dj in Atlanta and can also be heard weekday afternoons on stations in Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. But, for a number of years, I was in record promotion. That is, I worked for some major record labels and my job was to try to get radio stations to play the records [singles] released by the artists we represented. I was also the Music Editor for an industry trade magazine, and, before moving to Atlanta, worked for radio stations from Charlotte to Philadelphia. Over the years I have worked with groups from Yes and Motley Crue, to Blondie and the Go Gos and met stars like David Bowie, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and Jimmy Buffett. I mention all this for a couple of reasons. I am used to hearing hit records. And I have also dealt with a lot of a-holes. The latter makes it that much more of a pleasant surprise when I encounter someone in the music business who is not an a-hole, someone who is a genuinely nice person. One of the reasons I like “Trop Rock” is because so many of the people performing it are just that, genuinely nice people. Which brings me back to “Nash Mike”. Following Shurl’s advice, I dropped Mike an email, told him about my upcoming trip to Key West and plans to record for Trop Rockin’ Live. Within a day I got an enthusiastic email back, saying “Sure you can record us!”. Mike and I exchanged friendly emails over the next couple of weeks, then met during Meeting of the Minds, where I found him to be just as nice in person as he was over the internet. I also had a chance to hear the band live at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.
All that leads me to the point where Steve Kesegich called and asked if I would be interested in reviewing cds for Crab Island Mambo. Among the first batch of discs Steve sent me to check out was the most recent release from the Southern Drawl Band, “Against The Grain”. Having met “Nash Mike” and seen the band live, I was anxious to hear what they sounded like on record (yeah, I’m old enough to remember [and still call music] records). So, I popped the disc in the player on a recent road trip. As I said earlier, I have spent years in the music business and listened to thousands of albums (there I go showing my age again). I can usually tell whether a record is going to be good or not within the first three tracks. This record [ok, cd] isn’t just good. It’s DAMN good.
First up is the title track, “Against The Grain”, a swampy Southern Rocker Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Jason Aldean. Mike’s voice has just the right touch of gravel and grit, backed by bluesy harp and a bluegrass banjo. If these guys were on a major record label, this song would already be on the radio. From there the cd takes a Trop Rock turn, with “Another Day In Paradise”. With an island feel and lyrics about sun and surf, it would sound right at home on a Zac Brown Band record. Next up is “The Backroads”, an achingly pretty number about escaping to someplace where time passes while sitting in a front porch swing and “shellin’ beans”. There you are. I told you I could tell if a cd was going to be good or not after the first three tracks, and these three are as good as I’ve heard from any album [independent OR major release] in some time. This doesn’t sound like a band that’s big in Knoxville, Tennesee (their hometown). This sounds like a band that is ready to be big EVERYWHERE.
There are plenty more good tracks on “Against The Grain”, from the raucous, rocking [and hilarious] “Party Trained” (“She’s the life of the party till you get her started on double tequila shots and twisted Bacardi”) and “My Johnson (“When I pull up the girls all grin, they love to watch me put it in”), to the nostalgic “When Kids Played Outside (“Our Playstation was an old swing set”) and even a Phil Collins-y piano ballad, “Gone”.
A little back ground on the group: according to their bio, SDB was formed in 2011 by Mike and drummer Larry Dunsmore. In 2012, they recorded and released “Against The Grain” with the remainder of their members, who later joined
the band. More recently, they have released a five song ep titled “Another Day In Paradise” that includes that song and four more island inspired tracks, including one, “Floriday,” recorded with fellow Tennessean Taul Paul. The ep was released largely to quiet folks who kept saying, “These guys are good, but are they TROP ROCK?”
The SDB will be on the road throughout 2013, including a number of dates throughout Florida. More info, as well as a free download of their take on “Rocky Top” can be found on their website, http://southerndrawlband.com/
Knoxville, Tenn. (December 28, 2012) - BeachfrontRadio.com, the number one Trop Rock station in the United States for the last three years, has released some exciting news for Knoxville, Tennessee. The ballots were unveiled and many of East Tennessee’s finest local musicians made their way into the nomination categories. Knoxville’s Southern Drawl Band walked away with some hardware from their first year on the scene. Southern Drawl won best Trop Rock Album with their EP release of “Another Day in Paradise.” They won song of the year, beating out notables like the Zac Brown Band for “Another Day in Paradise” which can be found on their original album “Against the Grain” and the Trop Rock EP “Another Day in Paradise”. Southern Drawl also was voted the best Trop Rock Band for 2012.
Southern Drawl’s headman, Mike Nash was voted fourth in the category of Trop Rocker Male of 2012.
Tropical Rock, known as “Trop Rock”, is a quickly growing music genre that seems to be gravitating to the East Tennessee area recently. With major label artists like Jimmy Buffet & the Coral Reefers, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown Band, Trop Rock is a laid back relaxing style of country music that’s growth has sky rocketed in today’s market.
Results for the awards were released December 26th & 27th to the public.
The Southern Drawl Band beats out Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and more to break into the top 50! Knoxville's top Country radio station, Q93.1, reveals Southern Drawl Band's amped up version of the state's most popular song, "Rocky Top" places #50 on their Top 100 of 2012 chart. Results were tallied by the number of listener's requests for the University of Tennessee's fighting song.
Earlier in the year, the band's video for "Rocky Top" debuted during S.E.C. College Football Game, Tennessee versus Florida, at the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium on the Jumbo Tron during the half time show. The video was seen midst a packed stadium of over 102,000. Since then, the video has also aired during several other Tennessee football games at the stadium and has also been the featured video on the website of renowned clothing store, Buckle.
By Steve Wildsmith
Peruse the schedule for the Southern Drawl Band, and it
becomes clear how the local country-rock outfit, in little
more than a year, has become one of the hardest-working
groups in the East Tennessee music scene.
Every weekend ... at least two nights, often three and
sometimes all week long on out-of-town trips to venues as
far away as Key West, Fla. ... the Southern Drawl Band hits
the stage, and hits it hard. There’s no holding back, no
taking time off to make the crowds hungry for a show. The
time is now, band co-founder “Nashville” Mike Nash
believes, and he and his bandmates are doing everything
they can to spread the word, play the shows and capitalize
on whatever shot they have of making the group a
household name around these parts.
“I credit growing up in Nashville to that,” Nash told The
Daily Times this week. “From my standpoint, I learned very
early that once you get to a certain level, everybody at that
level is talented. And a lot of people buy into the idea that
just because they’re talented, they should be famous. But
you have to stand out above the crowd.
“I subscribe to an old-fashioned work ethic: If you bust your
ass and give people what they want, they’ll let you know.
And just how fast this thing has taken off has surprised me.
When I came to East Tennessee, I expected this
area to be inundated with country music like Nashville was.
But to my surprise, I saw a lot of ’80s music and a lot of bar
bands. ‘We need to be pulling out Charlie
Daniels and Alabama and even the Zac Brown Band.'"
Although he grew up in Nashville, it took leaving Music City
to realize that music could actually provide him with a living.
He did the Nashville scene and played the bars in Music City,
but it wasn’t until moving to Florida in 2006 that his eyes
were opened, he said.
“My very first show was a Fourth of July show, and when I
finished, the woman came up and handed me $300,” he
said. “I said, ‘What’s this for?’ And she told me that’s what I
was being paid for that gig. I said, ‘Wait a minute, you can
make a living playing music?’ Because in Nashville you’d be
lucky to make $30 a night.”
After his dad died, Nash moved back to East Tennessee.
He started playing music solely as
Nashville Mike, but it was a request for an Old Crow
Medicine Show song that truly started the formation of the
Southern Drawl Band.
“I kept getting requests for ‘Wagon Wheel,’ and I didn’t
know it, but I finally gave in and bought the CD and listened
to it on my way to Illinois,” Nash said. “As soon as I heard
this song, I knew I couldn’t do it without the fiddle."
The rest, as they say, is history.
However, as talented as the members of Southern Drawl
are, and as good as “Against the Grain” sounds, Nash knows
that raw talent will only take the band so far. That may not
be fair, but as a guy who grew up immersed in the cutthroat
world of the Nashville music industry, Nash knows it’s also
the reality of playing music in this day and age. As a result,
he and his bandmates (and his sister, who manages much of
the band’s social media) know that spreading the word,
beating their chests and pushing for attendance at shows
any way they can makes all the difference in the world.
Because, he pointed out, all of the talent in the world
doesn’t mean a thing if nobody’s in the audience to hear it.
“Social media is the No. 1 reason, above everything else,
that we’ve grown,” he said. “You’ve got to approach this
from a business standpoint. It’s 25 percent talent, and 75
percent hard work.”