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Sometimes you have to take a listen to the softer side. Check out Nick from Tall Walker covering Drake’s, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. The guys’ got a silky smooth voice. This was recorded live on air at Fearless Radio last week. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tall Walker on their soon to be released EP. They’ll be playing Subterranean here in Chicago this coming Friday, December 13th opening for Minor Characters, another very talented band that I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with.
For whatever reason I have never taken the time to immerse myself in Cass McCombs’ music. I’d enjoy a song here and there but never really jump in. Due to the shear volume of music we get on a regular basis, sometimes we let some real gems slip through the cracks. And after spending some considerable time with Big Wheel …, I have will readily admit that I have missed the plot with Cass McCombs. Thankfully, a promo copy of Big Wheel showed up at my house and that has begun the process of righting that wrong.
Big Wheel opens up with the audio from a 1969 film, Sean, where a child reared in the Haight describes his drug use. As a father of three little kids, it is somewhat jarring and almost put me off the album. My initial reaction was that it was McCombs’ kid. But apparently that is how McCombs does things. He is not afraid to tackle some of the more darker subjects in Americana. Thankfully that segues into the dark and driving title track which is so good, I hit repeat. At that point, I knew I was going all-in on McCombs and would be picking up some of his prior efforts as well.
Big Wheel is a double album so there is a lot to soak in if you’re really digging into McCombs for the first time. There is a smoky blues number that sounds like something out a noir piece with The Burning of the Temple, 2012. Angel Blood is a twangy heartbreak number with some tasty pedal steel. Joe Murder is a great murder ballad. And then there is the rocking Satan Is My Toy. But probably the coolest thing on all of this is the two versions of Brighter! The latter features the late Karen Black and while McCombs’ version is fantastic; Black’s is flat-out amazing.
I’m late to the game on McCombs but I have been delving into this older stuff since. We all make mistakes and miss some great artists in our time. I’m happy with the new knowledge that I really starting his music at some point. My lingering regret is that my buddy Adam caught McCombs at The Bottle this past Friday while his daughters were sleeping over at my house.
After teasing it last month, Fab announces that the 3rd installment in his S.O.U.L. Tape series will be dropping on Christmas Day.
— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) December 9, 2013