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Husband-wife duo the Dryes sing their origin story in the slinky ‘Amen,’ mingling potent sexuality with the salvation of love. ‘I met him singing in the church choir, lit up my heart like that holy fire,’ sings Katelyn Drye over a scuzzy guitar riff that recalls Norman Greenbaum’s classic ‘Spirit in the Sky’ and a strutting beat that could make the most conservative church lady clutch her pearls. Husband Derek adds harmonies in the chorus breakdown, a down-low gospel chant that asks the rhetorical question: ‘Can I get an amen?’ With a groove this tough, absolutely.
— Jon Freeman, RollingStone.com , June 8 2018
The Dryes are Derek and Katelyn Drye, and they sing of a love worth fighting for in their latest single ‘War.’
— Lauren Tingle, CMT.com, November 1, 2018
Not everyone can make a love song sound as convincing as husband-and-wife duo The Dryes...the couple combine earnest lyrics with whimsical strumming, layered harmonies, and alluring steel guitar on their single ‘Simple Truth’ to gracefully convey a key to human connection. Their affection for each other on the sentimental track...comes through authentically in uninhibited lyrics that are both realistic and romantic. When Derek and Katelyn sing about overcoming flaws, they reveal a deep understanding of each other.
— Kristin Brown, Cowboys & Indians, June 14, 2018
 
 
The Dryes’ beautifully inspired ‘White Christmas’...it’s a holiday favorite and The Dryes’ new version is a standout, one we will listen to year after year. With their rendition, they relied on nostalgia to make the song feel like home for the holidays.
— Coti Howell, Nashville Noise, November 27, 2018
...the pair’s debut single, ‘Amen.’ Searing guitar licks, slinky groove, and an army of backing vocals provide a firm foundation for lyrical cleverness—using church-y references to describe, and barely contain, the sultry fire of new love.
— Susan Hubbard, MotherChurchPew.com, May 17, 2018
...impressive first single ‘Amen’ being the introductory gem...with robust vocals, honest lyrics, and harmonies that will rattle you to the bone, this duo looks to be staking a claim in the country/roots genre that won’t soon be forgotten.
— Meredith Schneider, ImperfectFifth.com, May 29, 2018
‘Amen,’ a soulful country rocker
— Tara Joan, TheDailyCountry.com, May 18, 2018
Derek and Katelyn’s voices mixed with their lyrical ability to tell vivid stories, its a recipe for something special. Their truths will truly move you...Katelyn dominates this single [‘Amen’] with her larger than life vocals that show off the range this girl is packing. Derek compliments her so well with his sharp harmonies and some electric guitar skills that have us intrigued to hear more...Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, you had your run, The Dryes are here to take country music through the next few generations, telling their stories of love.
— Amber Merritt Stoneman, NashvilleUnsigned.com, September 17, 2018

THE DRYES

(bio, 2018)

The first time the public got a taste of husband-wife country duo The Dryes was in May 2018 when they began releasing material from Vol.1. Vol.1 was recorded at the famed Blackbird Studios in Nashville, a town the North Carolina natives Derek Drye and Katelyn Drye now call home. Their first single, “Amen,” was spotlighted, by Rolling Stone Country’s Jon Freeman who said: “Husband-wife duo The Dryes sing their origin story in the slinky ‘Amen’...a scuzzy guitar riff that recalls Norman Greenbaum’s classic ’Spirit In The Sky’ and a strutting beat that could make the most conservative church lady clutch her pearls. Husband Derek adds harmonies in the chorus breakdown, a low-down gospel that asks the rhetorical question: ‘Can I get an Amen?’ With a groove this tough, absolute.”

The duo’s subsequent lead single from Vol. II is “War,” a song 30 years in the making that carries an emotional backstory and was released alongside a breathtaking music video. CMT shared some thoughts on the single when they ran the video, saying “...this duo sings of a love worth fighting for in their latest single ‘War’.” Set in a local Nashville studio, the couple dances in front of family footage of Derek’s mom, who was lost to suicide when he was only eight months old. This film was actually discovered after they wrote the song, and it was the first time that Derek had seen his mom in anything other than a photo. Derek says, “I had always heard stories of mom and seen pictures. But pictures don’t move. And pictures don’t speak. That all changed in April 2018 when we found these films of her, and we knew that we had to pair it with this song.” Love will find a way. Sometimes it lies in footage that has been asleep for thirty years. "If it's love then it's War / it’s worth fighting for.”