In a brilliant fusion of deep-dish Dixie soul, HeavyDrunk emerges as a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. The rhythm-and-horns outfit consistently serves up a smart and stylish take on Southern-inspired sounds. Their upcoming release, “You Don’t Know Me,” slated for July 15, 2023, marks the third full-length album from this soulful musician hailing from the South.
Drawing inspiration from the rich musical heritage of the American South, this 12-track project transcends genre boundaries, leading audiences on a captivating journey through jazz, soul, and Americana. The titular lead single, “You Don’t Know Me,” invites listeners with a soul-stirring gospel-style choir, setting the stage for HeavyDrunk’s raw, gravelly vocals to soar over a jazzy-blues landscape.
Yet, this album is more than just a musical endeavor; it’s a mission to restore the final resting place of a legend. HeavyDrunk’s fundraising efforts are directed towards the restoration of Robert Johnson’s grave. The iconic musician, whose influence reverberates through generations, lies at The Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood, Mississippi. The burial site, along with the church, is in need of repair, and HeavyDrunk’s album endeavors to support this noble cause.
The record, meticulously crafted, owes its production and mixing to the Grammy-winning Casey Wasner. Collaborating with HeavyDrunk are notable musicians, including Prince’s trombonist Roy Agee, four-time Academy of Country Music Bass Player of the Year nominee Alison Prestwood, the talented LA duo The Deltaz, and the incomparable Etta Britt of Dave & Sugar on vocals.
Beyond music, HeavyDrunk channels his passion into the culinary arts. Alongside his wife, they once owned, restored, and operated the renowned Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork. Their establishment garnered accolades, earning the title of “The number one place to drive and eat in America” by USA Today and Rand McNally. Their culinary endeavors reflect the same dedication and soulfulness found in HeavyDrunk’s music—a testament to the depth and artistry that define this remarkable artist.