We had a chat with C2C 2016 main stage artist Andrew Combs about his thoughts on the festival, his album ‘All These Dreams’ and his journey into music! Check out the interview below:
Hi Andrew! Dan here from yourlifeinasong.com – Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. Not long now until we see you back in the UK for C2C. How excited are you about the opportunity to play at the O2 Arena in front of such a huge audience?
I’m looking forward to it. It’s definitely going to be a new experience, playing for that many people.
You were perhaps the surprise artist on the line-up for many (as we usually have the chart-topping mainstream artists), so for anybody who isn’t familiar with your music, how would you describe your sound?
Oh man. This question always gets me. I guess I’d call it country soul. Maybe?
Tell us a little bit about your journey into music; did you always want to be a professional musician? And what inspired you to move to Nashville?
I knew I wanted to write songs from a very early age, but I was always shy and nervous in front of an audience. Later on I realized that if I wanted to write the kind of songs I wanted to write, I had to be the artist performing them. I’m definitely not totally over stage fright, but I’m getting better and better. I moved to Nashville because all my heroes got their start there.
‘All These Dreams’ is such a wonderful album, and the quality of the song-writing shines from start to finish. What is it about song-writing that attracts you? And do you have a specific method when you go in to write a song?
Well, as I already alluded to, writing is what I love about this career. I have no set formula to when I try and start a song – sometimes it’s melody first, sometimes it’s words. All I know is I have to write a lot of songs to get one good one.
It seems like a lot of thought went into crafting the project as a whole, instead of just following a track-by-track method. Is this something you focus on when creating an album?
Yeah, I wanted it to flow in a way that made sense, musically and lyrically.
Which song is your personal favorite on the album, and why? And which is your favorite to perform live?
Rainy Day Song is probably my personal favorite. I just think it sets the mood for the whole record and what I wanted to sing about. Live, I love playing Month of Bad Habits.
The reviews for the album have been phenomenal. You’ve been compared to so many artists (I can’t help thinking of Roy Orbison), so who were your influences growing up? And do you draw inspiration from those artists when making your music?
I grew up with my parents listening to a lot of Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, and others in that same vain. I’ve always been impressed with those artists, especially musically. Later on, in my teenage years I got into the Texas songwriters such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, etc… They spoke to me lyrically. Regarding my album, I wanted a big lush sounding recording, so production-wise, we were definitely drawing from the likes of Roy Orbison and Glen Campbell.
This won’t be your first trip across the pond, so what is it about Europe that keeps bringing you back?
The audiences are the absolute best.
Do you find there’s a difference in the crowds over here compared to the crowds back home?
Definitely. Overseas audiences seem to be more respectful.
What can we expect from your Country2Country appearance? Will you be bringing a full band with you? And will you be playing a lot of the new album?
Yes, the full band will be with me. We’ll be playing new and old songs.
We can’t wait to see you in the UK again Andrew. Have a great time at C2C!
Andrew Combs will be performing at Country to Country at the O2 Arena on Sunday 13th March.