As anyone who knows me be will be aware, playing, purchasing, watching and listening to music has consumed an inordinate amount of my life. It has forged friendships, fueled arguments and lead to home storage quandaries.
My beloved N has been encouraging me for a while to express this in a forum other than my living room and my head, partially out of genuine encouragement and possibly mostly out of indulgence.
This is it then.
My intention is capture gigs I’ve been to, records I’ve purchased and any other ephemera relating to my brief time on this planet. It might be about music. It also might be about road cycling. It also might be about whisky, chocolate and coffee.
Anyway to start off, here’s a current musical squeeze.
This is Andrew Combs. We first encountered him supporting Caitlin Rose at Dingwalls in Camden last year. He immediately brought to mind Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams forged with Roy Orbison classicism and Gram Parsons honky tonk. The gig was almost an old-time classic revue show. The first support band Steelism backed Combs and then Caitlin herself. Andrew dropped into Caitlin’s set and Caitlin dropped into Andrew. They did a great version of “Tiger By The Tail”, a Buck Owens classic, here from an American gig, I think.
Well, the new album, All These Dreams, has been released and I picked it up last week on vinyl. It fulfils the promise of the debut and absolutely does not suffer from the second album dip. The Orbison influence is there but so are other classic Texan Songwriters (Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Willis Alan Ramsey). In fact, to emphasise the point, Rough Trade are packaging it with a free “Influences” CD which includes all of these artists plus more. It’s easy on the ear but has enough grit to draw you in. “A Month Of Bad Habits” is the immediate standout. It’s got a title that George and Tammy would be proud of and works both in a band and a solo setting.
Looking at Combs’ website, there are no European dates listed except for a festival later in the summer. Hopefully, he’ll combine that with a few gigs of his own around the date.
Well it would be rude not too……..
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