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JUSTIN KALEB DRIGGERS

THE OZARK RENEGADE

 

 
With a long list of reputable influences, Driggers brings a strong, distinct voice to his dirt-kicking true blue American songs that would surely make his predecessors proud. Big things are on the horizon for this raconteur from the Ozark Mountains
— KIMBERLY BAUGH, NASHVILLE FIVE
Justin Kaleb Driggers writes and sings with an unashamed passion, sharing stories and creating characters that will connect with you. His style crosses genres, and he is an artist worth seeking out
— MARTY SCARBROUGH, KASU-FM
 

I grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee when I was 22. Soon after, I went down to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and recorded my first full-length album “Homesick Blues” with the great Jimmy Nutt and Gary Nichols (The Steeledrivers) and signed a publishing deal with Edenspeak Publishing. I was a young green horn with starry eyes, but quickly realized the difficulty and sacrifice the music industry brings. After 5 years and more rejections that I can count, I moved back to Arkansas to catch my breath and try my hand at a new market; then of course the inevitable happened.

After a year of working the Texas and Oklahoma markets, Nashville came calling again. I found myself back in my old stompin’ grounds regularly playing shows and writing music. I partnered up with my old pal Darren King (Project 86/The Overseer) and the demos we were working on quickly turned into a record.

I’m proud of these songs. They mean a lot to me. I cover a lot of ground on this record, from the foster system and abandonment, to death and a blue-collar workday.  I’m related in one form or another to each character in these songs. Maybe it’s from growing up in the folklore-enriched Ozarks, or maybe it’s simply from hearing Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stanger” at a vulnerable age. Maybe it’s both, or neither. But it is what it is, and I’m proud of it nonetheless. 

 

 

 

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