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Cass McCombs

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Baltimore, MD (2001 – present)

Cass McCombs (born in Concord, California in 1977) is an American and performer.

An enigmatic nomad, McCombs is a quintessentially American artist; “he’s quietly become one of (the country’s) finest chroniclers of characters, a writer of heart-rending songs and odes to the natural world, a teller of tall-tales with a sense of humor dry as desert wood, and that rare folksinger who actually sings about the folk. ” His vocals range somewhere between the anxious drone of Lou Reed, the hollow croon of Elliott Smith, the lilting melody of Morrissey, and the driving earnestness and complexity of bards such as Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan. His lyrical style is alternately vivid and weary, laconic and yearning, or drifting into the high-spirited and whimsical.

After cutting his first EP, Not the Way in San Francisco in 2001, McCombs relocated to Baltimore, MD. There he released “Not the Way” in 2002 and recorded his first full-length, A, in 2003 on Monitor Records. He spent the next few years touring: playing All Tomorrow’s Parties; and opening for bands such as Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, and Belle and Sebastian; before recording his second LP PREfection, which was released on 4AD in 2005.

McCombs’ subsequent releases have been on the highly successful British independent label Domino Recording Co. 2007’s Dropping The Writ was named one of Amazon’s Best Albums of that year.

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