Door: Iain Patience
With Holcombe you can always expect the unexpected. A true original, a singer-songwriter with a flair for the unconventional, searing, raw emotion and lyrics and a voice that could stop a bull-elephant in its tracks. With The RCA Sessions, he again pushes the boundaries, a man with an edge in his fretwork, voice and music at all times.
For my money, there’s little not to like on this album, a full 16-track offering giving bang for buck and sterling material to the table. His tortured, gravelly vocals only just manage to push his fine finger-picked fretwork to the side and not content with just another cD, Holcombe here akso releases the first DVD performance of his playing, riding musical shotgun with a fine bunch of sidemen including Jared Tyler on Dobro and lap-steel; Dave Roe on Upright Bass; Ken Coomer on Drums; Tammy Rogers, Fiddle & Mandolin, and Jelly Roll Johnson on Harp. Siobhan Maher-Kennedy haelps with the vocals, as does the powerhouse Irish singer Maura O’Connell.
Recorded at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studios, this album features tracks from each of Holcombe’s previous ten albums plus a few others, all rerecorded in Nashville – Holcombe often prefers home recordings – specially for this project. I must lay my cards on the table and say I’m a huge fan of this guy and his music. He sounds like a 60-a-day kind of guy, and at times sounds like he’s working his way through those very smokes while simultaneously recording and singing.
An excellent album for anyone who likes gritty voice and lyrics coupled with fine acoustic-driven guitar-work from the cutting, slicing edge of modern country and Americana music.
1. Who Carried You
2. Mister In Morgantown W/ Jelly Roll Johnson
3. I Feel Like A Train
4. Doncha Miss That Water
5. The Empty Jar
6. Butcher In Town
7. To Drink The Rain
8. Early Mornin’
9. I Never Heard You Knockin’
10. Mouth Harp Man W/ Jelly Roll Johnson
11. I Call The Shots
12. My Ol Radio W/ Siobhan Maher- Kennedy
13. Goin’ Home
14. Down The River
15. Pitiful Blues
16. A Far Cry W/ Maura O’ Connell