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Drake White has more reasons to enjoy the "Simple Life"

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Drake White may love the "Simple Life," but things are getting a little more exciting for the country singer these days.

His first single is Top 40 at country radio, with an album release hoped for in the fall. White has been making the live rounds -- including Kid Rock's "Chillin' the Most" cruise and last month's Downtown Hoedown in Detroit -- and he was recently picked up to support Toby Keith on his latest tour.

"I've been doing (music) for eight or nine years now, full-time," says White, 29, who hails from Hokes Bluff, Ala., and earned a Building Science degree at Auburn University before moving to Nashville. "You really give up what you sacrifice for it -- time with people you love, sleeping in your own bed. I had a buddy over a couple weeks ago and then he died and I didn't make it to his funeral.

"But you don't even think of it like (a sacrifice) because it's in you. You're not happy unless you're doing it. It's kind of a blessed curse."

Whites says "Simple Life" is something of a personal anthem, celebrating his roots and the values he adopted while growing up.

"Hokes Bluff is so different from whatever you want to call city life today," he says. "It's kind of a refuge. Everyone lives a little slower. Everyone takes their time. Sunday's a down day; nothing's open on Sunday. It's real laid-back way of living-- a simple life.

"I have a line in there about wavin' at your neighbor when you see him on the road. Everybody knows everybody down there. I'm not calling it a fantasy land, 'cause it's definitely got its problems. But it's simple, and in this case simple is good."

Drake White performs with Toby Keith and Kip Moore at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road at I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $86 and $69.50 pavilion, $29.50 lawn with an $87 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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