Andrew Combs

Andrew Combs

Erin Rae, Eastern Mountain Time

Sat, Apr 08, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Showcase Lounge

$8 advance | $10 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Andrew Combs
Andrew Combs
A Dallas native now living near the same Nashville airport immortalized in the opening sequence of Robert Altman’s country music odyssey, Andrew Combs is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and heir to that 1975 film’s idea of the Nashville troubadour as a kind of musical monk. Here in the twenty-first century whorl of digital narcissism, where identity can feel like a 24/7 social media soft-shoe performance, Combs makes music that does battle with the unsubtle. Like the pioneering color photographer William Eggleston, he sees the everyday and the commonplace as the surest paths to transcendence, and he understands intuitively that what is most obvious is often studded with the sacred. As a songwriter, Combs relies on meditative restraint rather than showy insistence to paint his canvases, a technique commensurate with his idea of nature as an overflowing spiritual wellspring. NPR music critic Ann Powers noted as much in a 2014 review: “His song-pictures are gorgeous, but he recognizes their impermanence as he sings.” This deeply felt sense of ecology, of the transient beauty within nature’s chaotic churn, lies at the heart of Combs’s approach to his art.
Erin Rae
Growing up in Jackson, Tennessee, Erin Rae got an early introduction to folk music at home. Her mom and dad were both part-time musicians, playing their own brand of American roots music at churches, county fairs and coffee shops in west Tennessee. Starting as early as five years old, she would join them for a song or two.

Two decades later, she's still spending her time onstage — this time as the main act. As the leader of Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles, she walks the line between old-school folk and modern Americana, creating a sound that nods to her influences while pushing ahead toward something new. It's music that breathes, filled with pedal steel, vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, bright bursts of melody and plenty of space. It's also music that's taken her halfway across the world, with Erin playing shows everywhere from Nashville (her adopted hometown) to Switzerland.
Eastern Mountain Time
In November of 2016 Eastern Mountain Time self-released the Back Home EP, a collection of five stripped-down kinda-country originals. Recorded at a markedly unhurried pace in a Burlington, VT bedroom, Back Home showcases the lyrical and musical subtleties of EMT’s folkier side while simultaneously “[reiterating] the band’s love for classic 70’s sounds pioneered by artists such as Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, and David Allen Coe” (Seven Days). In stark contrast to the sounds highlighted on the Back Home EP, Eastern Mountain Time’s live show is generally a louder, more dynamic affair with the majority of their sets finding Sean Hood (Guitar & Vocals), Jason Pappas (Bass), and Danny LeFrancois (Drums & Vocals) actively playing off of each other’s unique energies and diverse musical backgrounds.

Summer 2017 will see the release of Eastern Mountain Time’s latest studio LP, Mountain Country.

You can listen to Back Home here:
Venue Information:
Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403