Andrew Combs - All These Dreams
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“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

Andrew Combs’ second album, All These Dreams, marks a huge step forward for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter. The album will be released on 26th January via Loose Music. The album release will bring Combs back to the UK, where he appeared at End of the Road Festival in September along with playing his first ever London headlining show to a sold out audience.

 

Using his gifts for lyricism and wry observation, Combs weaves tales of love, sin and redemption on the new album, in a style that brings together classic country and contemporary pop. Here, Combs continues to carve out his own singular path as an artist, finally reaching the heights of his Texas songwriting heroes.

 

The new album follows Combs’ acclaimed 2012 debut, Worried Man, which American Songwriter named as one of their albums of the year writing, “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,” while Southern Living praised, “the Nashville-dwelling, Dallas native is well on his way to becoming a preeminent voice in his genre” and in the UK, Rough Trade Shops made Worried Man one of their Albums Of The Month. Meanwhile in the UK, Rough Trade Shops made Worried Man one of their Albums Of The Month and, more recently, have selected a track from All These Dreams to be included on their forthcoming Counter Culture 14 CD.

 

For All These Dreams, Combs tapped Nashville producers Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson, who recently co-produced Caitlin Rose’s The Stand-In. Combs became familiar with the producers while supporting Caitlin Rose on her album-release tours in the U.S. and Europe. All These Dreams was recorded in Nashville with many of Combs’ long-time musical collaborators, including lead guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum Jr. (of the instrumental duo Steelism) as well as bassist Mike Rinne, drummer Ian Fitchuk, and Lehning and Wilson on keyboards and percussion.

 

 “I feel like this record has a much different thread that ties the songs together than Worried Man, which was more raw and bare-bones, in songwriting as well as production”, says Combs. “All These Dreams explores more complex arrangements, lyrics and musical tones. “Roy Orbison and Paul Simon were definite different influences,” Combs continues. “Also, this record was very collaborative. Except for the songs ‘Pearl and ‘In the Name of You,’ all the tunes on this album were co-written. Due to my job as a staff writer in Nashville, it just naturally worked itself out that way. Needless to say, having other people writing with you brings in different musical and lyrical ideas.

 

While some of the songs on Combs’ first album portrayed a kind of youthful hard living, the new album explores a deeper sense of spirituality. “Spirituality and songwriting kind of go hand-in-hand to me, in the way that I am constantly searching for something bigger and more meaningful,” explains Combs. “A song like ‘Slow Road to Jesus’ is about finding redemption, but it’s also about coming to terms with taking the long way to get there.

 

Andrew Combs is featured in the upcoming documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited, alongside Nashville-based songwriters like John McCauley, Jonny Fritz and Robert Ellis – as well as one of his heroes, Guy Clark. But the 27-year-old songwriter is quick to point out that, though there is a similar sense of camaraderie in Nashville today, “the songs and writers were much better in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. I’m not saying there aren’t talented people in Nashville now, but I don’t think we pay near as much attention to the song as they did back then,” adds Combs. “Maybe it’s ’cause we’re too busy tweeting about our latest gig or wardrobe purchase.”

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COMING SOON

MANAGEMENT: Davis Inman


LABEL: Loose


PRESS
UK/EUR (online): Loose Press | Loose
UK/IRE (print): Will McCarthy | Will McCarthy PR
UK (regional): Thom Williams | Sonic PR
GSA: Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade
USA: Asha Goodman | Sacks & Co.


RADIO
UK/IRE: Tom Bridgewater | Loose
GSA: Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade Germany
US: Thirty Tigers


BOOKING
EUR: Paul Buck | Coda Agency
USA: WME