Drake Milligan’s debut single takes big steps
This is one of those times when you like to be wrong.
Recently, when reviewing Drake Milligan great debut album Dallas/Fort Worth, Saving Country Music claimed that the country music audience would be responsible for publicizing this young man since the radio was sure to ignore him. He was just too good, and too country.
Well I’m eating a big bowl of crow because not only is Drake Milligan’s flamboyant country song “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” hitting the radio, it’s already doing killer on the format that continues to warm up to more vintage-sounding country songs and real country artists.
In its first week of “adds” as they say in the radio business, Drake Milligan’s “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” came in at an impressive #2 in the country this week, with 26 official announcements. according to Mediabase, and 33 in total. stations showing their commitment to the song. It’s still very early in the process, but it’s a hugely positive sign for the neo-traditional artist who is riding the wave after his recent appearance in the final of America’s Got Talent.
“Sounds Like Something I’d Do” first appeared on Drake Milligan’s 2021 EP, and was also the song he auditioned with on America’s Got Talent. But Drake is no talent show diva, and “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” is no ordinary radio single. A perfect vehicle for showcasing both Drake Milligan’s cool factor and his country roots, it’s got that seriously hot 90s country vibe behind it as opposed to more of the classic sounds of other Drake Milligan selections, but it’s got a lot of fun with it. is still very country and twangy.
Although Milligan had a sound and approach more indicative of an independent artist, he signed to major label BBR’s Stoney Creek Records imprint. That means he’s got the muscle to make a big move on the radio if they’re behind him, which they seem to be. After his major appearances on America’s Got Talentthe label was set to release its debut album, which included songs and recordings that Milligan had been sitting on for years now, waiting for the right time to pounce.
Drake Milligan starred as none other than a young Elvis Presley in the much-loved TV series Sun Records which aired on CMT in 2017. Written by Hank Williams biographer Collin Escott, it was the best thing CMT had done in years, even though it only lasted one season. Drake Milligan has been a big part of the show’s accolades and appeal.
Milligan’s origin story is that he saw an Elvis impersonator in a restaurant when he was young, then all of a sudden was obsessed, impersonating Presley in talent shows and such. But soon he began to take music and entertainment more seriously, writing his own songs and developing his own style. Drake co-wrote each of the 14 songs on his debut album Dallas/Fort Worth.
I may have been wrong about Drake Milligan’s radio warmup, but I was right about him finally find its moment. Country music could very well have its next big star, and luckily for all of us, he is, in fact, country.