Drew Parker ‘While You’re Gone’ EP Review

Drew Parker’s songs on While You’re Gone formally introduce listeners to the artist through a full collection of music. Learn more about the project below.

After four single releases that led up to this highly-anticipated project, Drew Parker has officially released While You’re Gone. In fact, this EP comes just seven days shy of the one year anniversary of the first single, “Party in the Back”, that introduced this new chapter of music. Now, the fourth track on the setlist that was linguistically created by the artist himself along with Ray Fulcher and Thomas Archer, is joined with some of the best productions that traditional country music has to offer with a wide range of emotions in tow.

“Party in the Back” is playful and clever for the recognition of Billy Ray Cyrus’ 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart” and calling attention to his mullet of the decade. While others, such as “I Was Lying” that acted as the second single release to tease this collection, touched on a softer side. This one, written by Adam Craig and Parker, denotes a scenario in which lying through a breakup is easier than facing the truth.

Drew Parker


The title track “While You’re Gone”, is more of a broad, outsider’s perspective of a recent goodbye while the story in “I Was Lying”, sums up this versatile project in a simple way by showcasing all sides of the artist in one take. There’s rough-edged vocals as well as vulnerable notes incorporated throughout. And, the strength from this Georgia musician is generously portrayed through the EP. While You’re Gone is a promising, exciting displayal of growth and maturity from Parker. Each cut is as successfully executed as the next.

As the newest SiriusXM “Highway Find” artist, Parker sets the bar high for upcoming country acts. With an incredibly honest song “The Runway”, that ended up being a premature tribute for his now 6-month old daughter, and all adjoining numbers, While You’re Gone provides listeners with the idea that country music has another breakthrough artist in their midst.

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While You’re Gone is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music‘ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.



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