“Freestyle Fridays” featuring Drake White and The Big Fire have shown a different side of the Dot Records recording artist with stripped versions of often never-before-heard cuts from the artist Rolling Stone called “Bonnie Raitt’s secret twin brother.” The weekly performances have debuted directly to the fans on his Facebook page, @DrakeWhite. But on Friday, October 30, he took “stripping it down” to a new level after performing at Us Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois on his last stop of an 11-show run with Little Big Town on the Painkiller Tour. During the group’s hit, “Pontoon,” White and band literally stripped down into swimming trunks despite the thermometer reading in the 40s outside and danced along the back of the stage much to Little Big Town’s surprise.
“We all take music and performing for the fans seriously, but it’s also important to have fun and inspire spontaneity,” White says after, laughing. “Some of the best ideas for songs or craziest stories we tell started with, ‘what if we…,’ and this idea had a similar origin.”
Although their run with Little Big Town has come to an end, Drake White and The Big Fire rejoin Zac Brown Band on Friday, Nov. 6 in Dallas, Texas for another 10 shows before the end of the year brining his tally to over 100 shows in 2015.
Remaining 2015 Drake White and The Big Fire tour dates are as follows:
Friday, 11/6: Dallas, TX at Gexa Energy Pavillion*
Saturday, 11/7: The Woodlands, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
Sunday, 11/8: De Valle, TX at austin360 Amphitheater*
Thursday, 11/12: Tallahassee, FL at FSU Donald Tucker Civic Center*
Friday, 11/13: Tampa, FL at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater*
Saturday, 11/4: Orlando, FL at Amway Center*
Sunday, 11/15: West Palm Beach FL at Coral Sky Amphitheatre*
Wednesday, 11/18: 102.1 The Bull’s Free Range Bill Series at Club Rodeo
Thursday, 12/10: Louisville KY at KFC Yum! Arena*
Friday, 12/11: Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena*
Saturday, 12/12: Columbus, OH at Schottenstein Center*
*denotes date on Zac Brown Band’s JEKYLL &HYDE TOUR