Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who lives in Nashville. Originally from Dallas, Combs is inspired by the great tradition of Texas songwriting exemplified by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Mickey Newbury.
Following the success of the 2010 EP Tennessee Time, Coin Records released the 7 inch single “Big Bad Love” in May 2012 and Combs” debut full-length album, Worried Man, on October 30, 2012.
Equal parts rough-and-ready Chicago blues, Planet Waves-era Dylan, and vintage Nashville folk, Combs’ live show has often been described as Merle Haggard’s stripped-down country rock meets the tightly wound garage punk of Detroit’s The MC5. In short, they call it “country soul swag,” and you should too.
Combs is also part of a Nashville renaissance in country-folk music that stems from the slicked-up rural country gems of Justin Townes Earle and the close-knit indie folk-rock of Caitlin Rose. Searching through this puzzle you might also find an answer to why Jack White operates a ’50s-inspired record shop and recording studio in Nashville and why the city has a buzzing punk scene. Maybe you’d even stumble into Combs and his band getting wild and fuzzy at a house party. Or maybe you’ll see Combs solo – on stage and alone as all hell – singing songs that have prompted middle-aged women to ask him, “Are you gonna be alright?”
Well, the Texas lad is just fine, thank you, and we think you’ll agree when you hear more of the sounds that are coming out of this East Nashville hotbed of dusty country soul, done up right.
Andrew Combs’ sophomore album, All These Dreams, marks a huge step forward for the Nashville singer-songwriter. Using his gifts for lyricism and wry observation, Combs weaves tales of love, sin and redemption, in a style that brings together classic country and contemporary pop. On this album, Combs continues to carve out his own singular path as an artist, reaching the heights of his Texas songwriting heroes.
“All These Dreams” Press:
“This might be the Americana album of 2015″ – Ann Powers, NPR Music
“Four Singer-Songwriters You Need to Know in 2015″ – Rolling Stone
“A shimmering, Orbison-like arrangement” – Rolling Stone Country
“…the songs on All These Dreams luxuriate in their arrangements, swept along by gossamer strings and silky backing vocals.” – MOJO
“An elegant singer and songwriter, spinning gold from tales about heartache and redemption and spirituality – all with a tasteful patina of pop and soul” – The Boston Globe
“The album reminds me of those early Harry Nilsson albums. It has great lyrics, beautiful melodies, softly swooping strings, and a voice that sounds like its been rolled in tobacco and honey” – No Depression
“The thinking man’s country star” – Culturefly