Holcombs 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 lifes inevitable pain and self-doubt. His reedy vocals are buoyed by wife Ellies tender harmonies, giving off the undeniable heat of a well-stoked hearth. Holcomb followed last years rocking Passenger Seat (with his backing band The Neighbors), with A Million Miles Away in July. Though credited to Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, its an acoustic album whose simplicity only serves to amplify the Holcombs talents.
Mon., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., 2009