Interview: Catching up with Drake White

Drake White's new festival, The Big Fire Revival, is this Saturday, September 28 in Webster's Chapel, AL.

Drake White’s new festival, The Big Fire Revival, is this Saturday, September 28 in Webster’s Chapel, AL.

It’s a good time to be a musician from Alabama. The Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell and St. Paul & The Broken Bones – among several others – are raising the profile of the state’s musical impact on the national scene. Now, Hoke’s Bluff native Drake White can be added to that list. Following his graduation from Auburn, the Country-Rock singer/songwriter relocated to Nashville where he still resides today. His single “Simple Life” – released earlier this year – has made a splash on the Country charts and White has toured with some the genre’s biggest names in 2013. On Saturday, September 28, White will host The Big Fire Revival at Foggy Hollow Farm in Webster’s Chapel, AL. The event will benefit friends of White that are attempting to adopt a child. Recently, we caught up with White by phone from Ohio.

Brent Thompson: Drake, thanks for your time. If you will, give us some background information on The Big Fire Revival.

Drake White: It’s always been a dream of mine to throw festivals. I love the festival-type atmosphere of Bonnaroo and Bama Jam. A month ago, my friends the Harbisons expressed their hardships on trying to have a baby and they expressed their want to adopt. I think there’s a special place for people that choose to give a kid a home. I decided to throw a festival and it just fell into place.

BT: We are really enjoying “Simple Life.” If you will, talk about the evolution of the song.

DW: I wrote the song about a year and a half ago with a friend of mine that helped me produce the record. It just evolved by growing up in Hoke’s Bluff, my hometown, and exactly like the song says – growing up in a small town where everything’s a little bit simpler and everything moves a little bit slower. I wrote it off of my lifetime experiences.

BT: What are your plans for the remainder of 2013?

DW: We’re planning on being on the road. We’re doing three to four shows a week right now and we plan on pushing that forward and coming out with another single in January. We want to go out there and play as many shows as possible and cut our teeth and pay our dues.

Tickets to The Big Fire Revival can be purchased at

About Brent Thompson

Brent Thompson is a contributing writer for You Hear This and WELD.