Coming soon…the new single “FIREFLY”
When Dre decided to start a band in her hometown of Tampa Bay, she knew it made sense to draw on the celebrated roots of successful and talented bands that cut their musical teeth there, such as Tom Petty and Ray Charles.
Borrowing from many of the best bands and studio musicians in the region, she took those roots and blended them with her Swedish musical heritage, to create something new called Dre and The Collective. It started out as a huge 11 piece band called The Tampa Collective, but through writing and experimentation ultimately settled into a smaller band that grows depending on where they are and who’s available to play…a collective that flows between the blues, Gospel, folk, rock and Americana…sweetened with the strong melodies Sweden is known for.
On any given day, the Collective can include members of the Royal Family of Bluegrass–Ronnie McCoury (mandolin) and Rob McCoury (banjo) along with their band mates Jason Carter and Alan Bartram. Cody Kilby, of Ricky Skaggs fame, has lent his guitar picking fingers on many occasions…as well as Shane Theriot (Hall & Oates, Neville Brothers). According to Dre, “To create something new, you need to draw from past sounds and mix them with your point of view, your unique voice and experiences…then go paint your own picture”…and that’s exactly what Dre and The Collective are doing.
Dre and the “Delfest” Collective at Delfest 2015, where Dre and her always present drummer Joey Interrante collaborated with Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, Cody Kilby, Jason Carter, Alan Bartram, Sierra Hull and Justin Moses–dream team!