Drew Green is an up-and-coming artist that you need to know about. If you haven’t heard of Drew Green, look him up right now. The first time I saw him on Apple Music, he gave me Chase Rice vibes. When I listened to him for the first time, I got Florida Georgia Line vibes from Green. He is definitely cut from that cloth, he probably isn’t going to release a George Strait type song, but there’s still plenty of room for him in the genre. Green dabbles in a sound between radio-friendly and country hip hop. Green is signed to Cornman Music, which is associated with Warner Chappell Nashville.
Green really got his name on the map, ironically with Florida Georgia Line. He wrote “Colorado” with Hardy and Hunter Phelps. Hardy, we have mentioned many times as one of the top writers in Nashville right now. Phelps has penned several hits as well, so the fact that Green has worked his way up to getting in the room with them is a testament to his skill. “Colorado” never got to the radio, but FGL put it into their setlists on tour, and it was a great moment in the show.
Green released his debut EP, Dirt Boy Vol.1, last year, and it has some absolute bangers on it. The first song and single from the EP is “She Got That,” which is featured on many charts such as Today’s Country on Apple Music. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this song pop up on the country airplay chart, as it infuses how much Green loves a girl with a cool beat. The EP’s second song is “Woods,” which sounds like a Florida Georgia Line hit. The song’s wordplay is fantastic and gives me personally Hardy vibes, which is a massive compliment to Green’s writing. One of my favorite lyrics of the many I like is “5, 4, Dale, 2, 1”, a reference to Dale Earnhardt. I don’t know if I have ever heard Dale dropped instead of the number three, but I really like it. The song has all the bro-country music elements, which is fine because the world needs them, and this song sounds really good bumping from the truck speakers.
The third song is “Little More Be Alright” which is a slowed-down song about growing up and living life. It starts out with Green taking care of animals and then going fishing. The song’s chorus talks about how he is happy with everything he has, but a little more would be alright with him. This sentiment is cool to me because people often glorify not having a lot to write music, but for people who have been there, this song should hit differently. It makes sense to me because people who work there assess off to make it by usually do the most essential jobs, but at the same time, why do it if you don’t have to?
“Fine by Me” should hit for anyone who has a girlfriend who likes taking rides around. This is one of my favorite things to do with my girl, so I quickly clicked with it. Sometimes it just doesn’t matter what you do; whatever she wants to do works. The first verse of the song hit so hard for me.
“Go one and flip the station. I don’t like that new stuff like you like that new stuff but, I know you gonna change it, and that’s fine by me; we’ll be rollin’ up the windows, trying to keep your hair down, trying to keep the dust-out…”
I think every guy with a pickup has been in this situation; when we go for a ride, I have Alan Jackson on; usually, it gets changed to Morgan Wallen really quickly. It’s a perfect song for that Friday night where you are just happy to do nothing as long as you are with your girl.
After a brief interlude, Green breaks out “Dirty Money,” a country rap song. The song is more “Dirt Road Anthem” than Ryan Upchurch. I like the idea behind “Dirty Money” because it has a very work hard play challenging theme to it. I think that it sounds really good with the windows down. It is similar to “Woods” in my opinion, only it rocks a little harder, and it is more about doing shit with the boys than being with a girl. The lyrics are the opposite of “money doesn’t grow on trees,” money actually does grow out on the farm. You just have to go out and get it.
The EP’s final song is “Right Where I Be,” which is an upbeat love song about how Green is happy as long as he is with his girl. He is ok with blowing off a party to go out into the country and be with his girl. This is another jam song, not as heavy as “Woods” or “Dirty Money” but still works with the windows down. The song’s music video features a former “Bachelor” contestant Danielle Maltby, which doesn’t hurt the song. The song deserves more praise than I’m currently giving it, but go listen to the entire EP. Drew Green is coming, and I cannot wait to see it unfold.
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