Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors – ‘Family’

Drew Holcomb is the tirelessly enthusiastic creator and organiser of the Moon River Music Festival, and this year took centre stage, with his band, The Neighbors. After a year off, like most events, the Festival went into full throttle back on the weekend of 11 and 12 September.

Holcomb was able to finally perform from ‘Dragons’, his 2019 full-length, which featured him at his best, his most rambunctious, most empathetic and compassionate. New single, ‘Family’ featured prominently in the setlist too, a song about not just Holcomb’s blood family, but his talented band, The Neighbors, the many collaborators who went into creating ‘Dragons’, and the thousands of his devoted fans.

Even through the pandemic, Holcomb’s audience has grown, proving that the band can certainly generate enough good vibes to keep people going through the toughest of times. Like a warm sonic hug, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors give their fans a reason for dancing, even on those when it’s tough to find a reason.

In the video for ‘Family’ we see Holcomb himself dancing barefoot. At first he’s by himself, then with his wife Ellie Holcomb, and finally, with his three young children. But as fans know, everybody who hears Drew Holcomb wants to get in on the fun, and soon, his larger musical clan is dancing and singing along, too. Roots artists Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna, both of whom contributed songwriting to ‘Dragons’, make appearances, including CCM legend Amy Grant and country cornerstone Vince Gill. Like-minded bands join the party, too: Judah & The Lion, Darlingside, Mat Kearney, The War And Treaty, Ben Rector, NEEDTOBREATHE, Penny And Sparrow, The Secret Sisters, many others. They’re all here to celebrate togetherness and reaffirm their love for folk-rock and Holcomb’s work. It’s a community singing and playing together — and if you find yourself joining in, don’t be surprised.

Get up and get dancing with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, and join the family! Keep up to date with Drew and his music via his official website.

"Family" | Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors | OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

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