Chris Holcombe | The Trouble With Loving Hurricanes

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The Trouble With Loving Hurricanes

by Chris Holcombe

"...strives to meld the countrified rock of Patty Griffin with Al Green's blessed soul." ~LeoWeekly (Louisville, KY)
Genre: Blues: Mellow Blues
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1. Mississippi Rain
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2. Better Mistakes
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3. Dirty Blood
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4. A Long December
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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It shouldn't work....

A young man with a notebook full of descriptive lyrics and a head full of melodies that combine blues, pop, and soul. A keen eye observing human behavior and emotion. A simple voice that roots out the subtle nuance of a phrase.

In today's pop climate, it shouldn't work. But this Award-Winning* singer/songwriter makes it work.

Chris Holcombe's gift is combining musical and lyrical elements that on the surface shouldn't co-exist. But in 3 and a half minutes, he can make you believe that a "Just My Imagination" groove can support a Chet Baker-like voice singing songs of southern love affairs. When he sings "Stormy hands and lightning eyes" from his song MISSISSIPPI RAIN, he sets the scene of a passionate romance that is soon going to spin out of control with hurricane force. "Running and smiling and drenched to the bone" indeed.

Nashville's The Music Review writers of Holcombe, "There are times when I come across an artist that I do not wish to classify in a music group. [He] is one of these artists."

The word "original" is over-used in the music world, but it aptly describes the music of Chris Holcombe.

*2009 HMMA for Best Acoustic Folk Song


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Greg

Pleasant, but pitchy
This is good, though rather moody, collection of songs. I would have enjoyed the collection more if the vocals weren't so all over the place, freqently flat, sometimes sharp, sometimes on pitch--- sometimes all in the same phrase! This is very grating and makes the songs hard to listen to for me. The songs themsevles-- especially "Mississsippi Rain" and "Dirty Blood"-- are well written, but would have been better served by a more even vocal performance. With all the technology available today, being so off pitch so often is not really too cool.

TAXI - The World's Leading Independent A&R Company

Review of "Mississippi Rain"
Solid sounding, enjoyable song, with a nice bit of classic Soul flavor in the track ala Curtis Mayfield & Stax/Volt. The organ & electric guitar parts contributed to that aspect.

The smooth vocal and piano summoned more of a Bruce Hornsby feel, and the combination of those two flavors worked together well, making a pleasing hybrid. The melody fell out of the singer's mouth easily and naturally.

I did feel there could've been a little more spice/twist in the chordal department - the harmonic movement was a little too easy to predict. Song still built nicely, with effective dynamics.

I enjoyed the setup and delivery of the cafe/table cloth lines. Lyric flowed well throughout. Strong job all around!

Melissa

Well I liked it
First off, I'm not sure what the previous reviewer is hearing. I didn't find the vocals to be that pitchy at all. Chris does slide a bit, especially on the top note of "Dirty Blood," but I found it to be more stylistic than musical incompetence. And in this day and age of music being so processed, it's refreshing to hear a singer let his flaws show, especially on a collection that is all about moody confession. "Mississippi Rain" is so laid back that one could forget it's a song about loss and regret. His version of "Long December" is decidedly naked and raw, his voice cracking with emotion in the final verse. I never liked the Counting Crows but I like this version of their song. All in all, I think it's a good, solid effort.

Candy Sebald

I don't usually like this kind of music...
Smooth and surprisingly refreshing. Something you might make love to in the afternoon...

The Music Review


There are times when I come across an artist that I do not wish to classify in a music group. Chris Holcombe is one of these artists. His music is unique but not so far-fetched that a person might not “get it.” “Mississippi Rain,” is a thought provoking tune that triggers my curiosity to the details of the story that’s behind this song. The lyrics are creative as Chris makes a comparison of his love for a woman to Mississippi rain. His vocals are simple yet strong, perfectly representing the wonderful melody.

Al Mann, Upbeat Radio

*Mississippi Rain Featured Show Stopper Track*
Chris' music defies the fact that he is so young. It's a mature sound vocally and lyrically.