Cass McCombs

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Cass McCombs
Cass 2008 sm.jpg
Chicago, 2008
Background information
Born 1977
Genres Rock, Folk, Punk
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, various
Years active 2001-present
Labels Domino Records


Cass McCombs is an American songwriter and producer who has written seven albums in his decade-long career. His work is built within a community of essential collaborators, including long-time band members Dan “Buddy” (lead guitar/pedal steel guitar), Jon Shaw (bass), actress/singer Karen Black, light designers The Yellow Book Strangers, and visual artist Albert Herter. His debut full-length album entitled A was released in 2003. Since then, McCombs’ provocative and vibrant music has been released on independent record labels 4AD, Domino Recording Company, and Monitor, and found on diverse avenues such as Thomas Campbell’s 2009 surf film “The Present” to Democracy Now!, where he debuted “Bradley Manning” via the program in 2011. His latest offering, Big Wheel and Others, is McCombs’ longest and most diverse album to date, spanning near an hour and a half in length. The double album features contributions from Mike Gordon (Phish), Joe Russo (Further), and Joan Wasser (Joan as Police Woman), and includes Black who passed away prior to the album’s release and to whom it's dedicated. Anti-genre in nature, McCombs’ songs are unearthed to illuminate human rawness and hypocrisy, and to express our place in the universe. McCombs currently resides in New York.





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