Andrew Combs

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Andrew Combs has announced the follow up to 2017’s excellent Canyons of My Mind. Ideal Man will see the light of day on 9/20 via the fine folks at New West Records.

Combs worked with some of his favorite writers for the album, including Joe Henry, Dylan LeBlanc, Jeff Trott, and Kenny Childers, but the stories he tells here are deeply personal and remarkably vulnerable. The songwriting was partly inspired by his recent fascination with painting. Combs started painting when his wife was pregnant (they welcomed a daughter in 2017). “It really changed the way that I write songs,” he reflects. “When I paint, I might start with a very abstract idea or maybe even just a feeling, but from there I’ll paint and scrape and paint and erase and keep on painting until something starts to take shape. I just let nature play out.” Enamored with the fresh creative avenues that painting opened up for him, Combs applied the same approach to his music, beginning songs with an emotion rather than a concept and treating lyrical and melodic ideas as raw material that could be added to or layered over at any point. When he heard the finished recordings, the songs in turn suggested entire canvases in his mind, and Combs began work on a series of oil paintings designed to accompany each track on the album. He plans on presenting the album and the paintings together in a gallery show surrounding the album release.

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Andrew Combs released a hell of an album in 2017 titled Canyons Of My Mind. Now, he’s set to release an EP and head out on tour. The first track is a cover of Reptilia by The Strokes.

Combs kicks off a US tour on release day in his hometown at The Basement. About the tour, Combs notes, “Each show will include one or two “special guests” performing a few covers and originals as well. I’ll have the full band in tow, and look forward to playing the songs on the EP, as well as other covers and originals.”

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I slept on Combs’ 2015 release, All These Dreams. But right before SXSW, Canyons Of My Mind wound up in my inbox and I decided to dig in anticipation of taking in a set. It wasn’t long before Combs moved from the “Maybe I’ll catch a set list,” to the “Must-see list”

Combs, a 30 y/o Nashville resident has really come into his own on his third LP. On Canyons Of My Mind, Combs has put an album together that showcases a varied number of textures and subjects. A distressed Combs shows off his chops on Dirty Rain, a song in protest to the gentrification of Nashville and how we constantly shit on our environment in the name of “progress.”

He steps into the political fray with Bourgeois King, probably the most rocking tune on the album and a tune he just slayed at SXSW. “We’ll build a wall to block the enemy/ build a wall to keep us free” is sung repeatedly about midway through the tune before the band launches into a tasty jam.

Combs is easing into the next phase of his life. He’s married, has a house and a baby on the way. His comfort and growth is on display throughout. Make every effort to catch him live. He’s got a killer band on the road with him.

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