New Release: Andrew Combs – Ideal Man / Save Somebody Else

Photo Credit: Fairlight Hubbard

Andrew Combs is set to release new record Ideal Man on September 20th via New West Records

The 11-song set was produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker) and follows Combs’ 5 Covers & A Song EP which featured his interpretations of songs by The Strokes, Radiohead, Blake Mills, Lucinda Williams, and Loudon Wainwright III. Captured live in Cohen’s Brooklyn studio, Ideal Man also features Combs’ longtime collaborators, Drummer Dom Billet and guitarist/keyboardist/bassist Jerry Bernhardt

Take a listen to new song “Save Somebody Else”, below…

A Dallas native, Combs has called Nashville home since 2006, but when it came time to record Ideal Man, he opted for a change, heading to Sam Cohen’s Jupiter Recordings in Brooklyn. “One of the things I really admired about Sam is that he wants to capture a moment,” says Combs. “In the past, I’ve tended to pursue a studio sound that was really polished and clean, but I wanted to do something different this time, and I knew that working with Sam would lead to more of a loose, psychedelic, spaced-out vibe. We did everything live in the studio, even my vocals, and there’s a sense of immediacy and discovery in those early takes that you can’t recreate”

Combs worked with some of his favorite writers for the album, including Joe Henry, Dylan LeBlanc, Kenny Childers, and Jeff Trott. The songwriting was partly inspired by his recent fascination with painting. Combs started painting when his wife was pregnant (they welcomed a daughter in 2017). “It really changed the way that I write songs,” he reflects. “When I paint, I might start with a very abstract idea or maybe even just a feeling, but from there I’ll paint and scrape and paint and erase and keep on painting until something starts to take shape. I just let nature play out”

Enamored with the fresh creative avenues that painting opened up for him, Combs applied the same approach to his music, beginning songs with an emotion rather than a concept and treating lyrical and melodic ideas as raw material that could be added to or layered over at any point. When he heard the finished recordings, the songs in turn suggested entire canvases in his mind, and Combs began work on a series of oil paintings designed to accompany each track on the album. He plans on presenting the album and the paintings together in a gallery show surrounding the album release

Combs has also announced his initial North American tour dates in support of Ideal Man. He will launch a headline tour in his hometown of Dallas on October 9th, which will feature his full, 5-piece live band. Before launching his European dates in support of the record, Combs will also support Fruit Bats for a week of duo shows on the East Coast. Please see dates below….

October 9th – Dallas, TX Three Links
October 10th – Austin, TX Mohawk Inside
October 13th – Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theatre
October 14th – San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
October 16th – Portland, OR Polaris Hall
October 17th – Seattle, WA Fremont Abbey Arts Center
October 21st – Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
October 23rd – Denver, CO Hi-Dive
October 26th – Nashville, TN High Watt
November 6th – Boston, NA Sinclair * w/ Fruit Bats
November 7th – Portsmouth, NH Press Room * w/ Fruit Bats
November 8th – Burlington, VT Arts Riot * w/ Fruit Bats
November 9th – Syracuse, NY Wescott Theater * w/ Fruit Bats
November 10th – Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern * w/ Fruit Bats
November 27th – Zaragoza, ESP – Rock & Blues Café
November 28th – Madrid, ESP – Sala Siroco
November 29th – Santiago, ESP – Riquela Club
December 1st – Bilbao, ESP – Kafe Antzokia-Kutxa Beltza
December 2nd – Santander, ESP – Cine Groucho
December 4th – Biddulph, UK – St Lawrence’s Church
December 5th – Edinburgh, UK – Pleasance Cabaret Bar
December 6th – Glasgow, UK – CCA
December 7th – Kilkenny, IRL – Cleeres
December 8th – Dublin, IRL – Lost Lane
December 9th – Bristol, UK – Louisiana
December 10th – London, UK – The Lexington
December 11th – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVredenburg
December 12th – Amen, NL – Café de Amer
December 13th – Rotterdam, NL – Stille Nacht

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