ANDREW COMBS

‘CANYONS OF MY MIND’

7 APRIL 2017

CANYONS OF MY MIND (2017)

“An album of harmony, of sheer will and good thought, Andrew Combs’ Canyons of My Mind is the hand to hold when all is around you is noise.” 9/10
LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION

“A contemplative and sophisticated journey through the medium of Americana by a rising star of the genre.” 8/10
AMERICANA UK

ALL THESE DREAMS (2015)

ROUGH TRADE ALBUM OF THE WEEK, 26 JAN 2015

ROUGH TRADE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2015- #80

AMERICAN SONGWRITER ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2015 – #22

AMERICAN SONGWRITER TOP 50 SONGS OF THE YEAR 2015 – #30 – Foolin’

THE GUARDIAN – THE 10 BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS 2015

ROLLING STONE 40 BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2015 – #28

GLIDE MAGAZINE 20 BEST ALBUMS OF 2015

RHAPSODY TOP 10 ALT COUNTRY / AMERICANA ALBUMS 2015

POPMATTERS THE BEST AMERICANA OF 2015 – #14

WIDE OPEN COUNTRY 10 BEST COUNTRY SONGS 2015 – All These Dreams

JUMBO RECORDS TOP 5 AMERICANA ALBUMS 2015

YORKSHIRE TIMES TOP 50 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR – #8

BBC RADIO KENT SEAN ROWLEY’S TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2015 – #6

THE TELEGRAPH BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS 2015 – #60

BBC RADIO ULSTER RALPH MCLEAN’S BEST ROOTS ALBUMS OF 2015

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND ANOTHER COUNTRY WITH RICKY ROSS – BEST MUSIC OF 2015

ALTCOUNTRY.NL TOP 15 ALBUMS 2015 – #15


“Classy, pure and charmingly melodic, Combs is an as yet undiscovered major talent waiting for the big break he clearly deserves.”
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“Almost surgically skilful with a phrase and yet filled with human vulnerability”
★★★★
MOJO

“a formidable talent who can swamp-rock it up with the best of them, and follow that with a delicate acoustic ballad, all wrapped in a honeyed, soulful, puppy dog voice that’s as memorable as the melodies.”
★★★★
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“one of the most impressive singer/songwriters of recent years”
THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“delicately paced, sumptuous songs that simply ooze class”
★★★★
R2 MAGAZINE

“…driving the ladies wild with Nashville charm, a story-teller’s approach, and a blend of classic country instrumentation…”
CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“He’s got that swagger and still waters thing going on that hearkens back to the legendary Southern singer/songwriters of the seventies as well as the Canyon greats.”
THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“Drawing comparisons to the likes of Kris Kristofferson and early Ryan Adams, Mr. Combs is an adept writer, his lines catching small, resonant details and he possesses a strong yet understated voice that carries them across. His excellent second album, ‘All These Dreams’, shows great promise.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“His excellent new full-length, All These Dreams, blends distinctly classic country sounds like pedal steel with an easy, carefree tempo.” “…it’s pretty clear he’s on the slow and steady road to extraordinary things.”
PASTE MAGAZINE

“Combs’ album ‘All These Dreams’ is a gem, blending a ’70s troubadour’s gentleness with Roy Orbison-inspired melodies.”
USA TODAY

“his songs have more muscle and grit than the folk troubadours of the Greenwich scene”
FOLK RADIO

“Superb melodic folk and country. An astonishing man, this Andrew Combs.”
★★★★
CLASSIC ROCK GERMANY

“he’s like a one-man Traveling Willburys”
ESQUIRE

“Some have called him the next Guy Clark — and the shoe (or at least the denim-on-denim) seems to be fitting pretty damn well.”

“Four singer-songwriters you need to know in 2015.”
ROLLING STONE

“Combs is an impeccable craftsman indebted to not only the troubadour lineage of his native Texas, but to that magical moment at the turn of the 1960s into the 1970s when country, soul, rock and pop balladry all mingled on sophisticated albums by artists as varied as Kris Kristofferson, James Taylor and Phoebe Snow. All These Dreams flows the way albums did then, with Combs’s vulnerable voice lifted up within lush arrangements in songs that balance pensiveness with yearning.”
Ann Powers, NPR

“… These beautifully crafted and arranged tracks arrive like the first warm zephyr of the season, emerging from the speakers with occasional orchestrations deepening Combs’ easy rolling vocals.”
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“This might be the Americana album of 2015.” – MUSICIAN’S YOU’LL TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT IN 2015
NPR

“…An elegant singer and songwriter, spinning gold from tales about heartache and redemption and spirituality – all with a tasteful patina of pop and soul.”

“10 Band And Solo Artists To Watch In 2015.”
THE BOSTON GLOBE

“…a warm voice he calls the big country biz in Nashville all the golden songwriter days on the music row back to mind.”
ROLLING STONE GERMANY

“Andrew Combs is a dynamite artist who just keeps getting better and better.”
GLIDE MAGAZINE

“What’s the name for the album that, each time you listen to it, you have a new favorite song? Normally, I would call it album of the year, but because it’s only March, I’ll call it Andrew Combs’ All These Dreams.” “There’s no doubt that Dreams is packed with the longing that real Country gold is made of…”
MUSIC SAVAGE

“great lyrics, beautiful melodies, softly swooping strings and a voice that sounds like it’s been rolled in tobacco and honey.”
NO DEPRESSION

“this is insanely well done …one of the finest voices in the genre… So classic, in the right sense of the word.”
★★★★★
ALCOUNTRY.NL

“…one hell of a record.”
FOLK ALLEY

“Andrew Combs, ladies and gentlemen, note the name ‘cos you’ll be hearing it again.”
AMERICANA UK

“Combs impresses as a man who can channel the influences of Bobby Bare, Townes Van Zandt andGuy Clark into his own distinctive voice.”
GOD IS IN THE TV

“Overall the record harnesses the production spirit of Matthew E. White’s Big Love, the ambition of American Music Club, subtle intelligence of Lambchop and at it’s best I think it achieves what Ryan Adams was aiming for in the Cold Roses era. A fully exciting talent and a great album.”
BEARDED MAGAZINE

“Andrew Combs treads in the footsteps of country troubadours like Steve Earle and Waylon Jennings, but his honeyed take on Americana also carries a sharp contemporary edge”
★★★★
BIG ISSUE NORTH

“Eleven tales of ruin, regret, and redemption told through deep-roasted vocals and sublime instrumentation, All These Dreams ponders heartbreak, abuse, and the search for some kind of sanity in a manner so unflinchingly honest that it’s impossible to stop listening even for a fraction of a second.”
THE MUSICAL MELTING POT

“The infusion of country influences and classic pop is masterfully combined to deliver eleven glorious tracks that should be the benchmark for song-writers the globe over”
★★★★½
 GIGSOUP

“…timeless countrypolitan production and songs that are just so damn good.”
ALL MUSIC

“All These Dreams easily sits Combs as one of America’s most startling raconteurs since Ryan Adams … one of Nashville’s’ finest current exports.”
SEESOUND

“ridiculously mature lyrics flowing through its eleven songs”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“A much needed breath of fresh air in today’s musical climate, Andrew Combs indisputably proves himself one of the unsung heroes of modern music. It’s only a matter of time before the world realises.”
GIGSOUP

“in Andrew Combs you have a name you are going to hear a great deal more from. Mark my word.”
FLYINSHOES REVIEW

“This is a superb album that begs for your attention and repays any investment you might want to make in full.”
NE:MM

“a record that is shiny from the off and rewards repeat listens by revealing more of its soul each time”
★★★★½
THE DIGITAL FIX

“the thinking man’s country star”
★★★★★
CULTUREFLY

★★★★★
COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE

“Timeless country for the modern age”
★★★★
SONGWRITING MAGAZINE

“His melodies are up their with the best”
★★★★
RENOWNED FOR SOUND

“A really solid new talent”
INDIE LONDON

“This might be the Americana album of 2015″
THE FAT ANGEL SINGS

an incredible talent who deserves more recognition… It’s been a long time since I’ve heard hitting rock bottom sound so sweet”
WIDE OPEN COUNTRY

“one of the best albums of the year”
DIRTY ROCK

★★★★
ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

“A mind for detail, an ear for wit, and a voice that melts rocks make this exquisitely crafted album a must.”
MUSIC SAVAGE

★★★★★
COUNTRY UNIVERSE


LIVE REVIEWS


“Combs will have thirty minutes to prove his worth tonight, but only needs four. Any four as it turns out; there isn’t a bad apple in his bag.”
FOLK RADIO

“Combs hopes to be back in the UK before the end of the year and he must be seen.”
BEARDED MAGAZINE

“On the evidence of his Union Chapel gig and new album you’d be pushed to hear a better singer songwriter at this moment in time.”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“Every year at C2C, there seems to be an artist on the bill that surprises the audience with their sheer talent, and leaves C2C with a whole new fan base. This year, it was most certainly Andrew Combs.”
YOUR LIFE IN A SONG

ALL THESE DREAMS (2015)

“Ever heard of a happy song?”

That question is posed to Andrew Combs in “Rainy Day Song”, the lead track on his acclaimed 2014 album All These Dreams, during a barstool chat with a sarcastic friend. The singer – offended but gracious – smiles and allows the moment to pass, eschewing confrontation for the sake of a gem he polishes as an afterthought for the listener: “Tab’s on me if you think I’m lying / Laughing ain’t a pleasure till you know about crying.” The moment, full of the understated charm and pulsing honesty that defines his music, and is as good a metaphor as any for the songcraft of Andrew Combs.

A Dallas native now living near the same Nashville airport immortalised in the opening sequence of Robert Altman’s country music odyssey, Andrew Combs is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and heir to that 1975 film’s idea of the Nashville troubadour as a kind of musical monk. Here in the twenty-first century whorl of digital narcissism, where identity can feel like a 24/7 social media soft-shoe performance, Combs makes music that does battle with the unsubtle. Like the pioneering colour photographer William Eggleston, he sees the everyday and the commonplace as the surest paths to transcendence, and he understands intuitively that what is most obvious is often studded with the sacred. As a songwriter, Combs relies on meditative restraint rather than showy insistence to paint his canvases, a technique commensurate with his idea of nature as an overflowing spiritual wellspring. NPR music critic Ann Powers noted as much in a 2014 review: “His song-pictures are gorgeous, but he recognises their impermanence as he sings.” This deeply felt sense of ecology, of the transient beauty within nature’s chaotic churn, lies at the heart of Combs’s approach to his art.

After touring behind All These Dreams, a record that earned him international accolades and comparisons to everyone from Leonard Cohen to Mickey Newbury to Harry Nilsson, Combs has returned with a new album that puts down stakes in fresh sonic terrain. Canyons of My Mind, out in March on Loose, is — as its title suggests — a landscape where the personal and the pastoral converge. Drawing inspiration from the biographies of literary figures like Charles Wright and Jim Harrison, Combs has created an album that explores the notion of “sustainability” in its many facets — artistic, economic, spiritual, environmental.

“When I set out to record All These Dreams, I had a distinct vision of what I wanted the record to sound like. It was a cocktail of the Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell, Nilsson vibes that you can hear right there on the surface,” Combs says. “Canyons of My Mind is much more personal. It’s a testament to my acceptance of who I am as a man, and who I am becoming.” The record’s sonic adventurousness bears witness to that evolution, as well as to some big changes in his personal life. Between All These Dreams and Canyons, Combs married his longtime girlfriend Kristin, with whom he honeymooned for six weeks in the Minnesota wilderness. “She walks through her life exuding such open-mindedness and kindness,” Combs says. “I can’t help but watch in awe. She lets me be whoever I want to be, and that’s new to me. And quite refreshing, and freeing.”

The quiet struggles and satisfactions of carving out an identity in a world gone wrong are palpable throughout the album. Whether questing through the labyrinth of his own spiritual yearning, (“Heart of Wonder”), recreating a rail rider’s full-body sensation of freedom beneath an azure Montana sky (“Rose Colored Blues”), imagining a near-future dystopia where the very idea of green spaces has been annihilated (“Dirty Rain”), or channeling the desire of a peeping Tom who has fallen in love with his sylvan quarry (“Hazel”), Combs refines the vulnerable vagabond persona he mastered on All These Dreams while pushing it beyond those boundaries, into a more pastoral realm aligned with artists like Nick Drake and Tim Buckley. The idea of the artist’s creative life as an ecosystem — one just as in need of cultivation and care as our own imperiled world — informs much of Canyons. For Combs, the quest to sustain his own capacity to create on a daily basis is what drives him. “I want to create for the rest of my life — writing, singing, painting,” he says. “I also want my life to include a family, a house, and kids. Seeking out other artists who’ve been able to keep the lights on without compromising their art – that keeps me inspired.”

Photo credits: Andrew White (left), Alysse Gafken (right)

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MANAGEMENT: Davis Inman


LABEL

Europe: Loose
Rest Of World: New West


PRESS
UK (online): Doug Hall | D Digital PR
UK/Europe (print): Tom Bridgewater | Loose
GSA: Miriam Barzynski | Rough Trade
Scandinavia: Håkan Olsson | Rootsy
USA: Brady Brock | New West


RADIO
UK/IRE: Tom Bridgewater | Loose
GSA: Miriam Barzynski | Rough Trade Germany


BOOKING
EUR: Paul Buck | Coda Agency
USA: Melam | WME
CA: Julien | Paquin Artists Agency