|Andrew Combs — Worried Man (2012)|
Andrew Combs — Worried Man
Born: December 19, 1986
Location: Dallas, Texas ~ Nashville, Tennessee
Album release: 2012
Record Label: Coin Records
Duration: 42:03 // Tracks:
01. Devil's Got My Woman 2:36
02. Please, Please, Please 4:27
03. Heavy 4:04
04. Big Bad Love 3:58
05. Come Tomorrow 4:08
06. Take it from Me 4:18
07. Runnin' You out of My Mind 4:47
08. Too Stoned to Cry 3:38
09. Why oh Why 2:16
10. Worried Man 4:05
11. Lonely Side of Love 3:47
• Jon Radford: drums, percussion
• Mike Rinne: upright bass, electric bass
• Micah Hulscher: piano, organ
• Spencer Cullum Jr.: pedal steel guitar, dobro, bgvs
• Jeremy Fetzer: lead guitar, bgvs
• Andrew Combs: rhythm guitar, bgvs
• Jeff Irwin: electric bass (tracks 3 & 4)
• Guthrie Trapp: mandolin, lead guitar (track 5)
• Mike Odmark: mellotron (track 3)
Additional background vocals:
• Julie Lee (tracks 2 & 5)
• Nikki Lane (track 3)
• Caitlin Rose (tracks 6, 7, & 8)
Main manager: Davis Inman - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who lives in Nashville. His music is equal parts rough-and-tumble '60s Chicago blues, Planet Waves-era Dylan, and vintage Nashville folk. His band’s live show was once described as a cross between Merle Haggard’s stripped-down country rock and the tightly wound garage punk of Detroit’s MC5. They call it “country soul swag,” and you should too.
By Hal Horowitz October 30th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
• This Texas bred singer/songwriter shouldn’t be a worried man for long if this terrific debut gets the exposure it deserves. Combs is a formidable talent who can swamp rock it up with the best of them on “Big Bad Love” and follow that with one of his most delicate acoustic ballads in “Come Tomorrow,” all wrapped in a honeyed, soulful, puppy dog voice that’s as memorable as the melodies on these eleven tracks. He borrows maybe a little too liberally from Bob Dylan’s New Morning period for this album’s sound, especially on “Take it From Me,” but if you’re going to be influenced by a Dylan disc, that’s as good as any. He’s got plenty of female trouble as evidenced by the opener “Devil Got My Woman” where his mate has inexplicably lost interest in sex (it must be the devil), the melancholy and gorgeous “Please, Please, Please” where he begs for another chance as he feels his lover slipping away and the rollicking boogie of “Why Oh Why.” But get him angry and he’ll shoot his girlfriend in her ankles for dancing with another dude on the somewhat misogynistic rocking title track. On the other side of his split personality Combs can turn on the teardrops for the sweet, sad country ballad “Too Stoned to Cry” aided immeasurably by Caitlin Rose’s harmony vocals and Spencer Cullum Jr’s sobbing pedal steel. As singer/songwriter first albums go, it’ll be tough to beat this as one of the years finest, from a newcomer who is hopefully just tapping into his talent.
By Kyle Mitchell, the editor and founder of Music Savage, lover of music, hater of remixes.
• One surprise album I think every good music lover should get his hands on is Nashville’s Andrew Combs, a performing songwriter, who embodies the very essence of Nashville. He was a staff writer with Razor & Tie publishing, and now will add touring musician & songwriter to the ol’ resume. His new album, Worried Man, out today, is also the embodiment of a new Nashville crop of talented songwriters, players, and musicians with a common cause, make great music, that evokes the country tradition without all the glitz and glam that pop-country has taken with it. These artists whom Combs’ has shared the stage have the opportunity to delight us with a new brand of country music that looks back into the past, but puts one fort firmly forward.
• Worried Man, is Combs’ first full length effort and it employs fantastic writing to package together crying in your beer country songs, losing a lover and best of all murder balladry. Combs has a wonderful ability to span wide ranges from swamp-rock to country balladry, to soulful blues and he does so with a writing talent that puts him atop a short list of great up and coming young artists. Combs’ writing and his melodic, genuine and almost naive voice create a warm comfortable place for the listener as he brings you through a narrative of broken relationships and jealousy.
• Worried Man, starts off with the rollicking “Devils got my Woman,” a story about his woman who is no longer interested in him, obviously its the devil stealing her away. The soulful country ballad, “Please, Please, Please” which employs Spencer Cullum Jr’s weeping pedal steel and a whole lot of begging from Combs. A stand out, and a remnant from his recent “Big Bad Love EP” the swamp rock “Big Bad Love,” song shakes, twists & rocks through the falling out of the relationship from earlier songs. • The guitar riffs are heavy, the subtle organs add a small gospel element, and Combs transforms his voice to a bit more visceral growl. “Come Tomorrow,” is a beautifully sad crooning song about loss and rebirth. “Too Stoned to Cry,” lets Combs show off his smooth gentle voice on a real soulful track that could be his tearjerker, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that Caitlin Rose lends some of her vocal talents to back-up on this track. • The bouncing “Why oh Why,” brings back up the energy with a little boogie-woogie that’s a little Chuck Berry. Finally, the title track is a major standout, its a dark murder ballad; a song about jealousy, and brooding violence as Combs’ lyrics take him to a place he might not really go, shooting his lover in the ankles for dancing with another man.
• The songs here are obviously a common theme, broken relationships, but Combs has the ability to really keep the listeners attention with quick-witted lyricism, a straightforward approach, a few tear-jerkers, and some great country-branded americana music. It’s roots rock, the way it is supposed to be played, and Worried Man is a great debut for a budding artist that everyone should be talking about.
Razor & Tie page: http://www.razorandtiemusicpublishing.com/artist/andrew-combs
© All photos by Melissa Madison Fuller.
|Andrew Combs — Worried Man (2012)|