Cass McCombs is a bit of a wanderer. Born near San Francisco, California, he has roamed the world seeking the experiences to fill the emotive songs in his catalogue. He released his first EP Not The Way in 2002, and, beginning in 2003, he has dropped a new LP every two years with the most recent being Wit’s End (released in April 2011). He has toured extensively with big name bands such as Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Ariel Pink, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, The Shins, The Decemberists, and the list goes on and on; and he received rave reviews and testimonials from these artists. One of my favorite artists, Andrew Bird, covered McCombs’s “Meet Me Here At Dawn” in The Voice Project. Numerous music critics and blogs have sung his praises including Daytrotter and the ever-unsatisfied Pitchfork. Cass is on a solo tour right now to support Wit’s End, and will be swinging through Nashville with a stop at The Basement on Wednesday, July 13th. If you want to read a bit more about Cass, you can check out an interview with Vice Magazine regarding the release of his 2007 LP Dropping the Writ. You can listen to a bit of Cass using the Grooveshark link below. You can also check out a 2009 Daytrotter session, and I just got a tweet that Cass is swinging through Austin’s Big Orange Recording Studios to record another session… so keep your eyes peeled for that as well.
If you are concerned that won’t be enough music to fully bed down your appetite, you also get opener Lower Dens. I first started hearing the Lower Dens buzz last year after the release of Twin-Hand Movement on the Gnomonsong Label (started by Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic of Vetiver), that record was on heavy rotation around here for a while…. it was worth the buzz. There is a SoundCloud embed with a few tracks below. You can also check out Lower Den’s 2010 Daytrotter session. Still not enough, how about an NPR tiny desk concert?
It’s gonna be a really great night of music in Nashville. So, collect $10 out of your piggy bank to get out there and be a part of it.
Selection of Lower Dens from SoundCloud