Above: Katelyn and Derek Drye; credit Sean Hagwell
NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville-based country duo The Dryes have released the music video for their current single, “Whites Creek.” The beautifully filmed video—which Taste of Country noted “mirrors the married duo’s personal story”—was filmed by notable directors Sean Hagwell and Daniella Mason (Michael Ray, Russell Dickerson, Old Dominion).
Katelyn Drye recently spoke with PEOPLE MAGAZINE about the root of “Whites Creek,” saying: “At its core, this song is basically about hoping for something, and believing that it will happen…it was one of the first songs we wrote during the quarantine. Honestly, we have seen the power of speaking things out before they happen. There is a lot of power in our words and what we speak.”
Written in 2020, the song was penned by Derek and Katelyn Drye with Sarah Reeves outlining how they were finding peace through the tumultuous year. As The Boot noted, “with ‘Whites Creek,’ The Dryes manifested their future.” The couple now lives in the town of Whites Creek, TN, just a couple miles out of view of the Nashville skyline.
Instantly infectious and relatable, the single found immediate official playlist support upon release day on Spotify’s “New Music Nashville,” Apple Music’s “New in Country” and “Soundcheck,” Amazon Music’s “Breakthrough Country” and YouTube Music’s “Country on the Rise.”
“Whites Creek is just outside of Nashville and we fell in love with the area in 2020,” says Katelyn Drye. “Some of us find peace in plenty of ways. ‘Some feel you in a whiskey bottle, some read you in a dusty bible.’ But it was a simple observation that all we needed was a ‘little house, lover’s arms, down in Whites Creek.’ Written a year ago and fast forward to now, we actually bought our first house here in Whites Creek right as we’re releasing this song!”
The new single follows the duo’s previous, “YES,” which had American Songwriter noting how the song “showcases the power of loving someone.”
Prior, Billboard chimed in about their single, “Take You Dancin,’” raving: “The Dryes kick things up a notch in its infectious new single…the feel-good tune has Derek and Katelyn Drye sharing harmonies on the foot- stomping number.” Watch the music video for “Take You Dancin’” here.
The country duo have continued their fast-paced growth following a powerful launch that caught praise from The Boot and Cowboys & Indians. Jon Freeman of Rolling Stone Country raved about their debut single saying: “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.”
The couples 2018 single, “War,” written based upon Derek Dryes’ personal dealings with his mother’s suicide when he was a baby sparked an incredibly touching and sincere music video which was spotlighted by CMT. The song catapulted on Spotify and respective official playlists and now logging over five million streams.