Atlanta roots-rock trio Collins Drive recently released their latest album, This Town of Mine. The album is 7 songs and 30 minutes of rootsy, Americana Rock and Roll. It is a melting pot of influences from Whiskeytown, The Band, Tony Joe White to Van Morrison and Gregg Allman. Collins Drive left no stone unturned on this album.
To help round out the sound of the album, Collins Drive recruited top shelf musicians such as Atlanta saxophonist Will Scruggs (“Another Day Away” and “Shall We Dance”), Michelle Schrotz of Virginia band Brave on organ and harmony vocals (“Another Rainy Night in GA”), and Suvo Sur, also of Brave, on violin (The Bidding’s Closed). They were even honored to be graced with the presence of legendary Whiskeytown fiddler/vocalist Caitlin Cary who joined Don on a duet for the song “Another Day Away.”
“Collins Drive is so lucky to have so many talented friends lend their talents to our songs. Without them, they wouldn’t have turned out nearly as magical and moving as they turned out. As for having Caitlin Cary do a duet with me, that seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream to me.”, says de Leaumont. “I reached out to her and she said she’d give it a listen. About a week later she messaged me and told me how much she loved the song and she delivered a performance that brought me to tears.”
This Town of Mine shows just how much a band can grow and mature in just a year’s time. After countless shows, writing sessions, and rehearsals, Collins Drive’s hard work really shows on This Town of Mine. If you’re a fan of just good ol’ rootsy rock and roll with a Southern twist, this is definitely an album that will be right at home in your ears, heart, and soul.