Now signed to quality UK Americana specialist Loose, he’s got a new album, All These Dreams, ready to drop and hits the UK at the end of August for some dates, including a spot at Best Fit’s favourite - The End of the Road Festival.
Ahead of that, Combs has revealed two free tracks available for immediate download - “Rainy Day Song” and “Month of Bad Habits”.
“[Rainy Day Song] was the first I wrote with my buddy Brent Cobb,” Combs explains. “We had gotten together and spent the first 2 hours chatting about a certain kind of “country soul” vibe we were both chasing at the time. I introduced him to Bobby Charles, and he introduced me to Delbert McClinton & Glen Clark’s hard-to-find 1972 self-titled record. I remember us talking at length about how great some of those old songs were without having to be lyrically concrete, meaning that every line did not have to make sense with the next.
“Our goal with this song was to have some very detailed images thrown around in the verses, tied together by this sort of spiritual and emotional chorus about finding the light in the dark. I think this tune embodies what my new record is all about, a sort of coming of age search for love and beauty and spirit.
“I honestly don’t remember too much about writing ‘Month of Bad Habits’ with my friend Doug Johnson.It’s one of the oldest songs in the new batch. I do remember we wrote the lyrics originally to the tune of the traditional song “Wayfaring Stranger”. After playing with it for a while, I decided to change the melody and chords. I had been sitting on that guitar lick for months, and it ended up making a good fit.”
The tracks, recorded live by LR Baggs, can be downloaded at the Loose website.
All These Dreams is released on 9 February 2015 via Loose, Andrew Combs tours the UK from August, dates below:
30 - End of the Road Festival, Dorst
1- Brighton, Prince Albert
2 - London, The Islington
3 - Leeds, Oporto
4 - Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
5 - Tingewick, Village Hall
7 - Lincoln, Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall
8 - Nottingham, The Maze
9 - London, Green Note