SONG PREMIERE: Gregory Dwane Kicks Up The Swamp Boogie On “This Ain’t a Drinking Song”

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There aren’t many artists that hone the twang that can pull off a legit cover of an 80’s pop classic like Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” Gregory Dwane put a clinic on by somersaulting those new-wave sounds into a honky-tonk burner.

Dwane is back with another round of modern golden greats starting with the standout track “This Ain’t A Drinking Song” which is his grimace to county radio, which historically has almost always offered alcohol or other substances as a solution to life’s myriad problems. The rocking chorus of the song is a personal list of all the things Dwane lost “just to get high.” Glide is premiering the sterling “This Ain’t A Drinking Song” – where Dwane kicks it into high gear with a swampy boogie flair and blues fury reminiscent of Blackberry Smoke and Whiskey Myers.

After a career producing and performing with other artists the likes of Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Le Tigre, The Butchies, and more, Gregory Dwane is set to release his second body of solo material entitled XX. Following his successful eponymous debut LP in 2021, XX is coincidentally set to be released the same month that Dwane will celebrate 20 years of sobriety — making the choice of title an easy one for the New York-based singer/songwriter, and serving as a commemoration of this personal milestone.

From his humble beginnings in rural North Carolina to eventually touring the world as a tech and his recent work as a producer for Ray, Dwane has seen many facets of the music industry first-hand. Add to his impressive pedigree a bit of alcoholism, burnout, and fatherhood, and you’ve got life experience in spades, an inspired collection of tales of rebellion and redemption delivered with a twang that recalls the worn and weathered sincerity of Tom Petty as often as it evokes the tongue-in-cheek humor of Joe Walsh. An in-the-pocket rhythm section, some smoking electric guitar and fiddle, and some classic rock riffs for good measure, all amount to an infectious sound that’s as refreshing as it is retro.

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