Nashville singer songwriter Andrew Combs is one of the reasons Nottingham can breathe a sigh of relief that The Maze is to stay open.
Returning to the UK for an intimate acoustic tour, after appearing with his band at The O2 Arena in London earlier this year as part of the Country To Country Festival, Combs delivered a faultless set on Monday evening, which included some of his newer material from Canyons of My Mind, some of Andrew’s strongest songwriting to date which is already receiving support from NPR, American Songwriter and Paste Magazine. We were also treated to some older favourites from his 2015 breakthrough album, All these Dreams. The critically acclaimed album which landed on numerous best-of lists, including The Guardians 10 Best Country Albums, Rough Trades Albums of the Year and Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country Albums, among others.
Andrew, who describes his music as a blend of folk, soul and country, continued the evening with a number of well crafted songs, including Silk Flowers, Better Way, Dreams, LauraLee. Many of the songs he writes about himself and people he knows. Silk Flowers being about the permanent and ephemeral aspects of love. We also heard his recent single Blood Hunters (video below)
Andrew may not be a household name in the UK yet but he is well established in the East Nashville singer-songwriter scene alongside friends and contemporary artists Aaron Lee Tasjan, Erin Rae, Caitlin Rose and Nikki Lane.