The Story Behind Justin Holmes’ Song “Drink You Down”

Country Rebel

Country singer Justin Holmes released his highly-anticipated first studio single “Drink You Down” on Friday (Feb. 2). 

Who Is Country Artist Justin Holmes?

Country Rebel Records has proudly introduced Justin Holmes, a talented country singer from Paducah, Kentucky, as their first signed artist.

Here’s a bit more about his background…

Holmes got his first guitar at 15, just before his father’s passing. The instrument swiftly became his emotional outlet, providing solace as he navigated the complexities of grief. Songwriting seemed to become second nature to him. Fueled by a passion for singing and honing his songcraft, Holmes aspired to perform on stage someday.

Read more on Justin Holmes.

How Was Justin Holmes Discovered By Country Rebel?

Country Rebel discovered Holmes when he posted a captivating cover video on Facebook in 2017. Country Rebel eagerly shared the video on its platform, an extensive network that boasts more than 18 million Facebook fans. The video swiftly gained viral momentum, propelling Justin into the realm of fan favorites.

Fast forward to 2022, Country Rebel launched Country Rebel Records and Justin Holmes became their first signed artist. Holmes, acclaimed for his viral status, particularly with his original composition “Damn Addiction,” stands as the pioneering artist under the newly established label.


Who’s your ‘Damn Addiction’? Thank y’all so much for your support of my new song now available to stream and download everywhere! #damnaddiction #justinholmes

♬ Damn Addiction (Country Rebel Sessions) – Justin Holmes

What Is The Story Behind “Drink You Down?”

During a conversation with Country Rebel, Holmes spoke about the backstory and writing process of the song.

“My father was an addict his whole life, and eventually he didn’t make it…”

Holmes expressed that he found significant inspiration from this particular experience, which became a transformative moment that deeply influenced his musical path.

But then he invented a story in his mind. Holmes wondered how it would feel to get over somebody you loved while using voices “that aren’t good for us” to cope with the pain.

“You see a lot of people go down these spirals and they just drink themselves away, while they’re trying to drink the person away.”

RELATED: Veteran & Father Justin Holmes Set To Release “Drink You Down” As 1st Studio Single

“Drink You Down” kicks off with a softer, acoustic vibe that gradually evolves into a more intense rock sound, accentuating the emotional depth and intensity of Holmes’s lyrics, particularly as he reaches the impactful chorus.

“Drink You Down” chorus lyrics:

“I drink you down to ease my broken heart /

I’m lonesome bound ‘cause you tore it all apart /

This whiskey clears my memory, only for the night /

I drink you down, drink you down.”


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“Drink You Down,” the latest musical offering from Justin Holmes, was released on Friday, February 2. 

Holmes, expressing a mix of excitement and nerves, shared with Country Rebel that he’s “smiling ear to ear” about the release of this song and other tracks. Grateful for the opportunity, he considers himself “extremely fortunate” to share his music with the world. 

Be sure to catch his first studio single, “Drink You Down,” available on all major music services now. Download or stream the song HERE and watch the video below.

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