Drewm and Ellie Holcomb at The Rutledge 

Holcomb? Nearly Killed 'Em!

Holcomb? Nearly Killed 'Em!
Holcomb’s rootsy homespun shuffles crackle with naked honesty, like the confidences of a friend spilling his guts, and the Springsteen-stoked tone of his lyrics is one of trials on the (thunder?) road to transcendence. From the barroom flirtations of a “Late Night Drama Queen” hoping to be swept away to the grizzled Irishman living in the “Promised Land,” Holcomb fortifies his story songs with a sense of possibility against life’s inevitable pain and self-doubt. His reedy vocals are buoyed by wife Ellie’s tender harmonies, giving off the undeniable heat of a well-stoked hearth. Holcomb followed last year’s rocking Passenger Seat (with his backing band The Neighbors), with A Million Miles Away in July. Though credited to Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, it’s an acoustic album whose simplicity only serves to amplify the Holcombs’ talents.
Mon., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., 2009


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