Campfire Tales: five minutes with Andrew Combs

With a new album due on Loose Music early next year, Nashville-based singer songwriter Andrew Combs is making the trip to the UK to take his new tracks, and some old, on the road. You can catch him at End Of The Road Festival on Saturday 30th August in the Tipi Tent and across the country in the first ten days of September. Before packing his bags Andrew spent a few minutes kindly answering our questions.

Hi Andrew, can you introduce yourself to The Music Fix readers?

Hello, I’m Andrew Combs! How do you do?

Do you have an earliest musical memory? Was there a record or act that made you think 'I want to do this!’?

My earliest musical memory was hearing my Father play piano in the living room every night after dinner. I grew up listening to what my parents had on the stereo - Jackson Browne, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter, Paul and Mary, and those were all influential. But it wasn’t until I heard Guy Clark’s song 'Let Him Roll' that I thought, “I need to do this.”

If we were to look at your MP3 player, is there anything on there you'd rather we didn't see? Do you have your own stuff on there?

Hmmm. I don’t think I’m ashamed of anything I have in my music library. And yes, I do have my new record on my iPhone, because I’ve been listening to mixes and making notes.

What can you tell us about your upcoming album?

Its a step in a new direction for me personally. My first and last record I put out was a bit raw and unrehearsed, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I loved that approach at that time, catching a moment in time. This new record is more thought out. I worked with producers Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson, who helped me bring the sound in my mind to life. The arrangements are better, the musical thread between all the songs is more complex, and the production is a bit more slick. Oh, and we put a string quartet on a bunch of songs. There are some really beautiful moments. Fingers crossed, it will be out in early February.

Which songs should we listen out for in your live shows, the one(s) you're most proud of.

Hopefully you’ll listen for all of 'em! I’m proud of the whole bunch.

Who have been your favourite artist(s) to tour with?

Hmmm, probably Shovel & Rope. They’re just about the sweetest people on this earth.

What are you looking forward to most about your trip to the UK?

Some nice fish and chips when I get to Bristol.

Are you looking forward to End Of The Road Festival?

Oh yeah! I played in Caitlin Rose’s band there last year. It's such a beautiful festival.

Who can you recommend on the End Of The Road line up?

Deer Tick and Robert Ellis are great. I’m looking forward to seeing Gene Clark Band!

How do you take your coffee?

Depends on my mood.

Thanks for your time Andrew.

Thank you!

For all Andrew's UK dates visit his website.

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