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DREW LANDRY LIVE PERFORMANCES & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Drew Landry began writing songs while working in the swamps of Southwest Louisiana. The troubadour supplemented his income by crawfishing, planting trees & pulling sinker cypress out of the Atchafalaya Basin. He landed his first gig as a roadie on a Hank III tour and has shared the stage with Billy Joe Shaver, The Angola State Prison Band, Lazy Lester, David Allen Coe, Charlie Louvin, Dwight Yoakam, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Merle Haggard, Doug Kershaw, Johnny Winter, and countless others.
“Landry doesn’t often brag about how Kris Kristofferson called him the best songwriter he’s heard in 30 years. Landry impressed the legend by playing him his song “Last Man Standing.”
– Nick Pittman, Offbeat Magazine
His first album, Keep What’s Left, was called “The Equivalent to Lomax’s field recordings for the 21st Century.”. His second album was featured on Live Nation’s, “Ones to Watch” and countrychart.com touted his third release, Share-Cropper’s Whine, a “five star, Cajun-influenced Americana masterwork.” The former Warner Brothers artist went on to produce a film about the struggles of Commercial fishing families after the BP spill.
After a near death collision with an 18 wheeler in 2015, Landry left Louisiana for Blackfeet Country. The critically acclaimed songwriter took a job as an Extension Agent for the USDA at the Tribal College in Browning, Montana. “I moved to Montana to heal & got a real job, but I never quit writing. It’s time to get back to using my medicine (the power of song) to help others.” His new single, Hey Sister, will benefit mmipmt.com, a reporting portal and database for missing & murdered persons from Tribal Nations in Montana. Blackfeet Community College will also be hosting a virtual concert, town hall & training to address issues at the heart of the MMIP epidemic in Montana May 5th-7th.
Landry’s upcoming album, Exiles features a cast of legendary Louisiana musicians including Lee Allen Zeno, Micheal Doucet and members of the Hub City All-stars. It is being produced by Ken Veron and will be released June 7th when Landry begins performing live again. “The best musicians I know were sitting around during the pandemic. We gave them a call and went to Dockside Studio where things began to fall into place.” Landry and Dr. John began recording the Bobby Charles inspired Solution to Pollution EP in 2010. The complete Dockside recordings will be released in 2023 with a feature length documentary about the project.
The Restoration: Songs of Cultural & Agricultural Resilience will showcase the talent of various artists. “I’ve learned a few things over the years about sustainable growth and honoring where you come from.” Landry explains, “We were deported from Acadie because we made something out of nothing, we learned to farm with salt water. Those that weren’t killed were taken from their land. I live in a Tribal Nation that was never separated from its land. I believe that reconnection to the land and the culture are an essential part of the healing process. Maybe our stories can help one another.”
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