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