It takes some folks 10 years to make a name for themselves in Music City, but in the few years that Drew Parker has lived in Nashville, TN, he has been able to accomplish things he never dreamed were possible.
Parker made the move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2015 and signed a publishing deal with RiverHouse/WarnerChappell in September of 2017.
As a girl mom my heart melted when I saw your recent post “My little girl. My angel. My whole world. #HarleyGreer” on Instagram. Funniest memory from the past four months with Harley?
You asked so, I’m going to be honest. Probably the first time I had to change a bad diaper and I ended up with two messes to clean up.
Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” Tour has been rescheduled for 2021. Are you working on any new co-writes with Luke?
Yeah, we’ve been writing a decent amount. I think you may see a few songs come out that I got to be a part of.
Baseball during the pandemic. What’s your take on the current Atlanta Braves season (I’m a diehard lifelong Chicago Cubs fan)?
I don’t know how much longer we will have baseball, but I’m a huge Braves fan! Also, last night we lost our best pitcher for the rest of the year due to a torn Achilles. So that’s not good.
You also posted a picture as you impatiently wait to play shows again. Besides all the quality time with your family, what are some positives that you have experienced being home the past few months?
It has been the best time for me to slow down and realize just how much God has blessed me. It has also been the best time for me to fill up the “Idea book” with some song ideas.
And congratulations on your first #1 (Jake Owens’ “Homemade”) which happened the same week Harley was born! What is the backstory to the co-write with Ben Goldsmith, Bobby Pinson, and Jared Mullins? Was it written with Jake in mind?
I’ll never forget the day we wrote “Homemade.” Jared Mullins came in with that idea and as soon as he said it I knew that’s what we were going to write for the day. There was no chance for any other ideas to be thrown out. We started working on it and wrote the first verse and chorus, but were struggling a little bit trying to get it finished. Jared called up Bobby and asked him to come join us and help us finish it. He came in and it was just like magic. Sometimes you have the missing lyric puzzle pieces and sometimes you have the missing writer puzzle piece. Luckily that day we found both of them. Honestly, when we were writing I think everyone had in mind that I would cut it, but I thought it was a really good song and wanted it to be pitched around. So, one night Jared was over at Jake Owen’s house and played it for him and Jake went and cut it the very next week I think.
Can you describe how it felt watching Jake’s single climb for 42 weeks before reaching the top in both the United States and Canada?
Anxious. Everyone says don’t watch the chart, but it’s absolutely impossible when you have your first single on the radio. For anyone that has their first single and says they don’t watch it, they’re lying.
Speaking of ‘homemade’ how has your hometown of Stewart, Georgia, shaped your music career?
In more ways than you could possibly imagine. It’s exactly where I did everything that song talks about. Stewart is actually a small unincorporated community inside of Covington, Ga. You know the place that has one stop light and everybody knows everybody. I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without that little town.
You taught yourself how to play guitar at age 14. Read that Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, and Alan Jackson were some of your artist inspirations. What was the first song you learned to play?
How would you define ‘true county’ music?
Anything that tells a story. Whether it’s a story that makes you laugh, cry, reminisce or just something that you can drink a beer too. I think too many people get caught up in what is and what ain’t country instead of just listening to the story. My version of it is possibly different than yours, but they can both be “true country.”
Your new single, “While You’re Gone”, co-written with Jameson Rodgers, is from your upcoming fall release EP. What inspired the song?
I like to think I’m a funny guy but I LOVE to write a good sad country song. I think we got both of those elements in this song. Just writing about this guy who is convinced that the girl in his life, who has left, isn’t going to be gone very long. But in reality, if he keeps sitting there he’ll run out of beer and die. Cause she ain’t coming back.
Read you play piano and use it to craft lyrics and rhymes into songs. Will any of the new songs feature you on the piano?
There is a song that will be on the EP that is very piano based. And although I haven’t toured with a piano over the past few years, I may just have to pack one in the trailer for next year.
What message do you hope fans take away from your music?
I honestly hope that people can see my love for Jesus and Country Music in my songs. As much bad stuff as I’ve been through personally I’m sure there’s a song that will relate to someone out there. And the only thing that’s ever gotten me through anything is Jesus and Country Music.