Friends on TV

I usually take Saturday mornings to learn a little about what’s going on in popular music, or at least what’s popular on the video front.  I don’t ever watch the WHOLE thing, but as I scan the news channels, I do linger on vh1’s Top 20 Countdown to catch a few videos here and there.

This morning, as I stopped on VH1 and there was a familiar face!*  My friend Brent is the lead singer of the band Shinedown and as it turns out, they have the number one video in the country today!  Pretty neat.  They’ve got a few songs I like, but I”m not the biggest Shinedown fan, mostly because that’s not the type of music I listen to.  I have always tried to follow what’s going on with them and I have, of course, seen them in concert a few times.  It’s been interesting to see his rise to fame.

Brent went to high school here in Knoxville and was friends with my college roommate.  Often, when we would all be hanging out in our apartment, we’d sit in silence while Brent would sing acapella, making up lyrics as he went.  He really does have an amazing voice.  It’s almost unnaturally strong. 

My then-boyfriend and I had some friends who were trying to put a band together. They were a bassist, drummer and lead guitarist, but they didn’t have a lead singer.  When they told us, we immediately started raving about Brent and his amazing voice.  They called him and that was the beginning of a Knoxville band named Dreve.  They had some local success; I remember packed shows as the old Mercury Theater.  As wikipedia says:

Before Shinedown, Brent was the lead singer in a band called “Dreve”, which operated in the East Tennessee area.[1] He was soon given a developmental contact by Atlantic Records, however, Brent left to find other musicians to form a new band which would become Shinedown.

 Myspace and facebook have helped me stay in contact with most of the Dreve guys, but lately, I can just watch TV to see what Brent’s doing.  He’s doing well and I’m glad.  He deserves it. 

And now without further adeiu, the number one video on vh1’s Top 20 Countdown:

Well maybe a little more adeiu, evidently you can’t just embed a Shinedown video to your little old blog.  Who do they think they are?  Prince?  (Kidding.)

Here’s the link:  Enjoy.


*I do have to mention this though.  Wow.  Television really does add at LEAST 10 lbs!  Brent is in no way heavy but he almost looked it.  For a not so brief moment, I was very glad that my job doesn’t not require me to do television interviews.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. sam says:

    I hadn’t heard anything about Brent or Shinedown in quite a while, so this is kind of neat. What’s more interesting is that I would probably never have heard of him or his band had I not worked with him in the first year after I moved to Knoxville at Blackhorse, the brewpub that used to be in Western Plaza. This was right before he signed his deal, or he had signed a deal and had not actually begun to work with the company. I forget the exact situation, but we all knew that he was destined for something. I can’t say I was a fan of Dreve or that I’m a fan of Shinedown, but he seemed like a decent guy, so it’s good to hear that he’s doing well.

  2. John Wright says:

    Yeah, me too. Can’t say that I’m a fan of the music but it’s not all bad. He’s got a powerful voice and I wish him the best of luck.

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