If Music City Social host, Drew Bourke looks familiar, it’s probably because Drew gets his own fair share of media attention. In addition to hosting and producing Music City Social, Drew spends most of his time in the world of publicity, where he promotes both his, and other people’s products, services and careers. Drew has been featured in many nationally-recognized newspapers and magazines as both a featured entrepreneur and businessman. Not long ago, Drew was featured on the homepage of the Tennessean’s Brentwood Journal newspaper, where he was recognized as one of Nashville’s “people to watch in 2013″ due to diverse and successful approach to business.
Music? Yes, Drew is also a musician. Drew Bourke has lived in Nashville since October, 1987. While visiting a friend in Nashville, Drew was working-out at a health club in Antioch, TN. There, he met Don Carr (guitarists for the Oak Ridge Boys) and David Baker (songwriter for Sony International) who at the time, had the house gig at the Commodore Lounge at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt, downtown Nashville. The name of the band was “Barny’s Bullet”.
Barny’s Bullet drummer, Daniel Hill was moving on, and started a music publishing company, and later married country singer, Faith Hill, who later became a regular with husband Daniel Hill at the Commodore Lounge. Drew auditioned and got the gig. He played drums with Barney’s Bullet three nights a week at the Commodore Lounge for five months, before the band decided to record a mini LP and hit the road.
After a one-year stint with Barney’s Bullet (band later became “Band 109″), Drew sought a road gig with a known country music artist. To do this required networking, and taking any job that might lead to a gig.
In 1989, Drew took the gig of “Merchandise Manager” for country music artist Lee Greenwood. After one year of touring, and a “live” performance drumming with Greenwood on the Grand Ole Opry, Drew focused his efforts on recording. Obtaining a small business loan, he purchased enough recording equipment to start a small recording studio. Inner World Recording was launched, and became a recording “hot spot” for many of Nashville’s published and unpublished songwriters needing a heavier “rock” sound. Drew was later retired from his position as merchandise manager, which meant he was again seeking drumming employment.
Through a contact at MCA records, Drew got a tip about a new artist seeking musicians for touring. The artist was Trisha Yearwood. Drew dropped off a drumming-demo cassette tape to Trisha’s producer, Garth Fundis. When Drew returned home, he had a message from Garth asking Drew to audition for Trisha’s band. Drew took the audition and got the gig. The plan was that Trisha would open for Garth Brooks on his upcoming national tour. Needless to say, this was exactly what Drew was looking for, a touring gig with two of the hottest acts in country music.
But, here’s where the story takes a turn – a common turn in many musicians careers. Just two weeks before the rehearsals with Trisha were to begin, Drew got a call from Trisha’s new band leader, who explained to Drew that he had hired a new lineup, and that Drew would not be part of the tour. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the music business.
From 1992 to 1993, Drew filled his schedule with playing corporate gigs, and also two years as drummer in the “Rock & Roll Show” in the Geo theater at Opryland Theme Park. After two years working in the park, and somewhat burnt out on the music business, Drew turned his efforts to sales and computer programming.
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To be continued….