On Wednesday, February 11 the Woodward Theater will present "The Woodward Bar Break-In," with help from Over-the-Rhine brewer Sam Adams, featuring a performance from Andrew Combs (Dallas, Tex.) and introducing the newly completed Woodward Bar: 24 taps, shiny copper, stained oak and delicious locally brewed beers.
This FREE open-house event starts 5 p.m. Andrew Combs performs at 8 p.m. Seating is available. All shows at the Woodward are age-restricted to 21-and-up unless otherwise noted.
Combs’ forthcoming album All These Dreams will be released March 3 on Coin Records/Thirty Tigers (now available to pre-order on iTunes). Already receiving widespread critical attention, Combs was recently selected as one of NPR Music’s “Musicians You’ll Tell Your Friends About In 2015,” while the Boston Globe included him in their “10 bands and solo artists to watch in 2015,” praising “…an elegant singer and songwriter, spinning gold from tales about heartache and redemption and spirituality—all with a tasteful patina of pop and soul.”
In celebration of the release, Combs is currently in the midst of a European tour with Justin Townes Earle and, in February, will embark on a series of U.S. shows with The Apache Relay followed by a performance at the 2015 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA. See details below.
Produced by Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson (Caitlin Rose), All These Dreams was recorded in Nashville with many of Combs’ longtime 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 and drummer Ian Fitchuk. Of the new music, Combs shares, “I feel like this record has a much different thread that ties the songs together. All These Dreams explores more complex arrangements, lyrics and musical tones. 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. 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.”
The new album follows Combs’ acclaimed 2012 debut, Worried Man, which American Songwriter gave a 4-star review, 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.”