No Good at Being Cool
Drew is a recent arrival to the Big Apple, having moved here to finish his latest CD. After living 3 years in New Orleans' French Quarter, Atlanta transplant and resident songwriter-at-large Drew Young cannot help but feel at home. Prior to his relocations, Drew was the founding member and driving force behind Atlanta/Athens favorite pop band Ruben Kincaid. When asked about his moves to New Orleans and then to New York, Drew replies 'We (Ruben Kincaid) used to play both cities all the time, and it always felt so mysterious and scary and enticing. I guess you could say I was seduced.' No Good at Being Cool is Drew's sophomore solo release. Together with producer Glen Tarachow and an amazing array of New Orleans' best musicians and New York City's finest engineers, this album was born. This simmering stew of memorable tunes is not unlike a gumbo - A myriad sampling of life experiences and observations thrown together and cooked down. The resulting mixture is deep and rich, subtle and complex, enticing and spicy. Subsequent listenings offer more depth and insight into the characters that inhabit Drew's musical milieu. When asked about the project, Drew offers: 'When you're a musician, your whole world is upside-down. The family wants you to get a REAL job. You sleep while folks are working, and you're working when 'respectable' people are asleep. I can't help but be affected by this... The beauty of New Orleans (aside from Audobon Park) was that EVERYTHING there was upside-down, so I felt at home. The energy and vitality of New York life keeps me sharp and attuned to the sounds on the street, and in my head. My first record was a snapshot of me leaving home and shedding my skin. I guess you could say that this one is me finding my home and learning to live in it. Maybe it's the heat, or the politics, or the way the fog rolls down my street... but there is something musical about everything in my two adopted cities. A never-ending supply of characters to write about, and great musicians with whom to collaborate.' This is my photo album for you to listen to. Thanks for listening... Peace, Drew.