CD Review - Andrew Combs "Worried Man"

Just when you think you're heard the best of the up-and-coming Americana stars, along comes one whose music almost takes your breathe away.

Andrew Combs, whose album "Worried Man" is set for October 30 release, is one of those rare artists.

The title track opens with a big, bouncy beat which gives way to wailing guitars and keys behind Combs' diamond-edged vocals. It's easy to get caught up right away, thinking this guy is the real deal. But how many times has an artist released an album with a killer title track that is clearly the only gem on the album?

No need to brace for such disappointment here.

"Worried Man" "is just a delicious appetizer for a hearty feast of Americana tunes, many accented with killer pedal steel -- it's tough not to love that. Whether Combs is going for a rock edge such as on the title track or other uptempo songs such as the gritty, guitar anthem "Big Bad Love" or one of his don't miss ballads such as stand-out track "Too Stoned to Cry," his music is a delight.

Combs will tour with some major Americana artists before he goes out on the road himself later this year. It really doesn't matter where you see him -- just go.

Get ready to watch Andrew Combs join Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle and other young guns in setting the musical pace for the next wave of Americana.

Find out more about Andrew Combs on his official website.

 

 

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Comment by Kyla Fairchild on October 8, 2012 at 11:53pm

Andrew Combs was one of my favorite things I saw at the AMA conference along with Rayland Baxter, Whitehorse, Luella and the Sun and a few others that aren't coming to mind at the moment.  So glad you posted this Nancy.  I've been meaning to delve deeper.

Comment by Nancy Dunham on October 9, 2012 at 7:00am

It seems that you and I definitely are kindred spirits on some of these artists. So glad you enjoyed the piece -- and most of all the music!

Your comments also underscore why I can NOT miss AMA next year!

Comment by John Shouse on October 12, 2012 at 6:14am

Kyla, I agree.... Andrew's showcase at the High Watt during AMA week was one of the highlights for me too, in a week of GREAT shows, and amid some much bigger "names".    I thought he just nailed it on every tune in his too-short set.   

For those of you in and around Nashville, Andrew's doing the Musician's Corner at Centennial Park tomorrow 10/13 .   It's scheduled 2:30 - 6:00, it's free, but I don't know when Andrew's likely to go on.  Yarn, Sixpence None the Richer and Rosco Bandana are also on the bill, .    http://musicianscornernashville.com/

Then Andrew also has a show at the Basement later in the week.  

Comment by hyperbolium.com on October 12, 2012 at 8:23am

His earlier EP Tennessee Time is also worth seeking out. Here's a review.

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