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Doug McCombs

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Douglas McCombs
Douglas McCombs with Tortoise in London, February 2016
Douglas McCombs with Tortoise in London, February 2016
Background information
Birth nameDouglas McCombs
BornPeoria, Illinois
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, lap slide guitar, guitar

Douglas McCombs is an American musician who plays bass and guitar with the instrumental rock band Tortoise[1] and leads the instrumental band Brokeback.[2] He is also the longtime bassist for the rock band Eleventh Dream Day.[3] In 1997, he formed Pullman with Bundy K. Brown, Chris Brokaw, and Curtis Harvey, with whom he released two albums.[4] In May 2018, McCombs replaced Eric Claridge as the touring bassist with Chicago jazz-pop outfit The Sea and Cake.[5]


Brokeback is a project of McCombs. It has featured the following artists:


  • Another Routine Day Breaks, (Hi-Ball Records, 1997)
  • Returns to the Orange Grove (Thrill Jockey, 1997)
  • Field Recordings from Cook County Water Table (Thrill Jockey, 1999)
  • Morse Code In The Modern Age: Across The Americas (Thrill Jockey, 2001)
  • Looks at the Bird (Thrill Jockey 2003)
  • Brokeback and the Black Rock (Thrill Jockey, 2013)
  • Illinois River Valley Blues (Thrill Jockey, 2017)
  • VMAK<KOMBZ<<<DUGLAS<<6NDR7<<< (Thrill Jockey, 2022)


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: Tortoise". AMG. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Kieran. "Biography: Brokeback". AMG. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason; Westergaard, Sean. "Biography: Eleventh Dream Day". Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Pullman - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg. "The Sea and Cake rolls with the changes". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved June 24, 2018.