11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a long tradition of drinking songs in country music, mostly involving narrators curled up at the bottom of a bottle, trying to forget their troubles. Not Morgan Evans. Things That We Drink To is essentially an extended toast—to his new wife, Kelsea Ballerini (“Dance With Me”), to his new home (“American”) or just to youth (“Young Again”). The Aussie native is either “drinkin’ about somebody” in lead single "Kiss Somebody", or getting figuratively “drunk without a drop of wine” on the matrimonial “I Do”. Maybe he’s wasting a bottle of New Year’s champagne on “Day Drunk” or celebrating a love that's “better than the buzz I get from drinking” on “Me on You”. If there’s a happy moment, or a sad moment, in Evans’ life, he’s ready with a raised glass and an apt metaphor. The title track—also the album’s emotional centerpiece—is a memorial to his late manager, who died in a motorcycle accident. Even in such a dire circumstance, Evans prefers to “raise up a tall glass” to his friend’s memory, cheering “the hurt that we heal, the songs that we sing, the hope that we know tomorrow can bring.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a long tradition of drinking songs in country music, mostly involving narrators curled up at the bottom of a bottle, trying to forget their troubles. Not Morgan Evans. Things That We Drink To is essentially an extended toast—to his new wife, Kelsea Ballerini (“Dance With Me”), to his new home (“American”) or just to youth (“Young Again”). The Aussie native is either “drinkin’ about somebody” in lead single "Kiss Somebody", or getting figuratively “drunk without a drop of wine” on the matrimonial “I Do”. Maybe he’s wasting a bottle of New Year’s champagne on “Day Drunk” or celebrating a love that's “better than the buzz I get from drinking” on “Me on You”. If there’s a happy moment, or a sad moment, in Evans’ life, he’s ready with a raised glass and an apt metaphor. The title track—also the album’s emotional centerpiece—is a memorial to his late manager, who died in a motorcycle accident. Even in such a dire circumstance, Evans prefers to “raise up a tall glass” to his friend’s memory, cheering “the hurt that we heal, the songs that we sing, the hope that we know tomorrow can bring.”

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About Morgan Evans

Morgan Evans began his professional career in his native Australia in 2012, releasing his eponymous debut album in 2014. His sleek country-pop found a wider audience in 2017, after he signed an international record deal that brought him his first American release in the form of the single "Kiss Somebody," and after he became known as the fiancee of country-pop star Kelsea Ballerini.

Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia on April 24, 1985, Evans started playing music early on, inspired by the music of fellow Australian country star Keith Urban. He formed his first band when he was 13 years old, but he rose to prominence when he won the 2007 edition of the competition Telstra Road to Tamworth. Following his victory, he released his first single, "Big Skies," in September 2007. By 2012, he'd signed with the Australasia branch of Warner Music, releasing the EP Live Each Day in January of that year, quickly followed by While We're Young that August. Evans' profile continued to rise as he took supporting roles on notable tours, including Alan Jackson, and Taylor Swift's Australian tour supporting her album Red.

Evans recorded his eponymous debut with producer Jedd Hughes in Nashville, Tennessee. Arriving in March 2014, Morgan Evans would top the Australian country charts and reach 20 on its pop albums chart, thanks to the singles "One Eye for an Eye" and "Like a Tornado." Evans' next move was the international market. The album also helped him garner a number of Country Music Channel Awards in 2014, including Oz Artist of the Year, and his burgeoning fame led to several television appearances, including host the 2016 CMC Music Awards with American country star Kelsea Ballerini; the pair subsequently became romantically involved. In 2015, he moved to Nashville and began working with producer Chris DeStefano on his first album designed for an international market. In July 2017, he released "Kiss Somebody," which was the first single from his first album released in either America or England. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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