Steeped in the traditions of roots music, the journey of country songwriter Sterling Drake has taken him from the Big Cypress of south Florida to the mountains of western Montana and everywhere in between. With a penchant for honest storytelling, Sterling weaves his own perspective into the American songbook, often highlighting a strong sense of place through both natural imagery and cultural context.
With influences ranging from Willie Nelson to Lead Belly, the wells of inspiration for this young artist are as diverse as American music itself. Sterling's live shows are a kaleidoscope, often reflecting the countless styles that have colored his repertoire.
Spurred on by a passion for the cowboy lifestyle, in 2024 Sterling is teaming up with nonprofit land conservation and mental health advocacy groups to help address issues impacting the ranching community.
As a risk-taking traditionalist, Sterling seeks to bridge the old and the new through his art. Sterling's artistic journey is one of continual personal growth, served for those who seek to carve their own path, reminding us that the pursuit of passion knows no boundaries.
Sterling Drake, emerging Country & Roots artist, is slated to release his EP "Live from the Station Inn" on November 10, 2023. Recorded during a sold-out performance at the legendary venue in Music City, this 5-track EP pays homage to Drake’s classic country foundation. It features Nashville A-list musicians, including members of the Time Jumpers, both past and present, such as Joe Spivey, Jeff Taylor, and Dennis Crouch.
The EP's first single, "Seminole Wind," a cover of Jon Anderson's anthem, features Joe Spivey, the fiddle virtuoso behind Anderson’s iconic original recording. Following this, the second single, Merle Haggard's timeless hit "I'll Break Out Again Tonight," will be released on October 13.
This 5-track EP includes both country standards and an original song, "Until I Forget," penned by Sterling Drake himself. "Live from the Station Inn" provides listeners with an insider's view into Nashville's ongoing revitalized honky-tonk scene. With contemporaries such as Sierra Ferrell, Brennen Leigh, Joshua Hedley and more, It seems that the golden country era is drawing another breath.
“Dim the lights, put your feet up, pour yourself a glass and enjoy this example of modern day ‘classic country’ mastery.” - HONKY TONK TIMES.
Drake’s passion for everything country & roots music is ever more apparent in his latest 6-track EP, Highway 200, released via the Orchard. The “rough around the edges” production showcased with droned fiddle and baritone guitar deliver a traditional sound to a contemporary audience.
“I always aim to make country music that is relatable. Something you’d want to listen to in the feed truck.”
- STERLING DRAKE
*5 STARS – “Drake’s way with a melody is beautifully old-school…”
- COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE
“Roll The Dice” marries the production value and elements of old country from the past with a contemporary presentation. This 7 song volume showcases pedal steel work of Grand Ol Opry Player Tommy White, emotive rhythm from Nashville's iconic bassist Dennis Crouch, and harmonica from the legend Charley McCoy. “Roll The Dice” was written over a short time when Drake spent his time living his lyrics in the heart of Nashville at his go-to honky tonks. We’re going back to our roots with this one!