Brooklyn Blues-Rockers Jane Lee Hooker Return With Summer Anthem ‘Drive’

Jane Lee Hooker received rave reviews from fans and music press around the globe when they released ‘Jericho‘ in January 2021, the band’s first new music since 2017.

Jane Lee Hooker follow up that track with brand new single ‘Drive‘ – set to hit digital music outlets worldwide on Friday, May 28th via Symphonic Distribution.

While ‘Drive‘ still retains Jane Lee Hooker’s signature blend of bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll soul that can be heard throughout their catalog, the song represents a bit of a sonic evolution. With last year’s COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements in effect in NYC, the band found themselves locked out of their Brooklyn rehearsal room – the creative space where they write and rehearse with amps cranked up at maximum volume.

Out of necessity, band catch-ups were moved to the grapevine-filled backyard of singer Dana Athens‘ family home in Brooklyn, with tiny practice amps, acoustic guitars and drummer Ron Salvo keeping the beat on upturned plastic garbage cans and recycling bins.

The first song to come out of those acoustic backyard sessions was ‘Drive‘, with lyrics penned by Athens. “I was not intending to write about travel, the song is really about long-standing plans to see a friend and how you can still feel connected to someone no matter the distance between you.

She continues, “Lockdown made these friends seem even further away, so I guess the song also contains a bit of escapism and fantasy, wishing that you could be together.

Guitarist Tina Gorin adds “Not being able to see friends and family in any normal way during that period of time, hearing Dana sing those words really made the lyrics hit home.

Matt Chiaravalle (Joe Bonamassa, Warren Zevon, Courtney Love, Spacehog, Kittie) produced and mixed Drive, having previously worked with the band on their ‘Jericho‘ single as well as both Jane Lee Hooker full-lengths: ‘Spiritus‘ and ‘No B!‘  A new album will follow later this year, and singles ‘Drive‘ and ‘Jericho‘ are a first taste for fans of what’s to come.

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