Posts Tagged ‘Spencer Cullum’

Every once in a while we hear a record here at Full Time Hobby Towers which stops us in our tracks and demands our attention. Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection, a record which came out via YK Records late last year, was one of those albums. Recorded in Spencer’s adopted home of Nashville, TN and with a star-studded line-up of musicians in the Collection, the album has brought us continued joy over the last few months. However, it was rather tricky to get hold of over here without opening up our own coin collections and shelling out for hefty shipping costs.

So we’ve worked with Spencer and YK to import some LPs here to London to help keep the shipping costs down a bit. contact Full Time Hobby or the Bandcamp Site:

Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection — homaging the ’60s and ‘70s folk-rock heroes of his homeland, finds Nashville sideman Spencer Cullum stepping from the shadows to spotlight. And, along with a supporting cast of fellow Music City stage and studio aces — like guitarist Sean Thompson and multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds, along with singing and writing partners like Rose, Andrew Combs, Erin Rae, Annie Williams and James “Skyway Man” Wallace — he’s bringing a bit of Britain to Tennessee with him.

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Released November 12th, 2020

THE Coin Collection:

Vocals
Spencer Cullum
Caitlin Rose,
Erin Rae,
Annie Williams,
Herman Düne,
Mayon Hanania,

Instruments
Dom Billet: Drums
G. Maxwell Zemanovic: Drums
Adam Bernarik: Bass
Sean Thompson: Electric Guitar
James Wallace (Skyway Man): Piano, Mellotron
Luke Reynolds: Tapes loops & Synths .
Micheal Rinne: Upright Bass
Adam Stockdale: Acoustic Guitar
Jim Hoke: Flutes, Clarinet & Saxophone
Austin Hoke: Cello
Jordan Lehning: String Arrangement

All Songs Written by
Spencer Cullum except
Jack of Fools (S. Cullum & Andrew Combs)
To Be Blinkered (S. Cullum & James Wallace)
Dieterich Buxtehude (S. Cullum & Luke Reynolds)
The Tree (Mike Heron)

Human Error Music (BMI)

Spencer Cullum

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Andrew Combs’ the Nashville singer-songwriter. Using his gifts for lyricism and wry observation, Combs weaves tales of love, sin and redemption, in a style that brings together classic country and contemporary pop. Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Combs has released This Is The Light (Quarantine EP) All earnings from the EP will be donated to MusiCares’ COVID relief fund Combs also released a music video for the EP’s third track “Fire Escape.”

This is a collection of love songs — for my wife, my daughter, the moon, an Ingmar Bergman film — all little pieces I love about quarantine life that I tried to magnify,” Combs explains. The pandemic has obviously caused anxiety, pain, and frustration for many people, so it’s hard for me to relish in the fact I am able to stay at home and be creative, but I’d be lying if I said this whole experience has not been fruitful for my art.

Without any sort of pressure coming from the industry side, it’s been freeing to make some new recordings for fun! Everything about this EP happened organically. The songs were written quickly, recorded on my humble little recording rig (a laptop, keyboard, and two microphones), then sent on to musician friends to lay down tracks from their own home recording setups.

The EP features pedal steel and electric guitar from Spencer Cullum (Steelism), drums from Dominic Billett, bass and electric guitar from Jerry Bernhardt, and Dan Knobler mixed, mastered, and played various instruments. Filmmaker Austin Leih produced the video for “Fire Escape” and is currently working on another for the track “Your Light, Your Love.

This Is The Light (Quarantine EP)
Your Light, Your Love
This Is The Light
Fire Escape
To Love Someone
Through The Glass

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Dom Billett – drums and percussion
Jerry Bernhardt – bass
Spencer Cullum – pedal steel guitar
Andrew Combs – acoustic and electric guitars, keys, bgvs

Releases May 13th, 2020
All songs written and produced by Andrew Combs

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With their latest effort, “ism”, Steelism offers a more holistic listening experience, inspired by mid- century modern design, early Brian Eno productions and 70s film scores. They also introduce featured vocalists into their instrumental canon for the first time.

“We pieced together ism like a visual mid-century modern design – an array of vibrant colors and tones aligned together while constantly striving for minimalism, even as the production grew.”

ism, was co-produced by guitarist Jeremy Fetzer, pedal steel player Spencer Cullum (together known as Steelism) and Jeremy Ferguson (Lambchop, Tristen, Andrew Combs). recording began in November 2016, with the divisive results of the U.S. Presidential election just in. Respite was found through the creative process while holed up at Ferguson’s Battle Tapes Recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The usual Steelism rhythm section, Jon Radford (drums) & Jon Estes (bass), and Robbie Crowell (formerly of Deer Tick) on keys are heard throughout the record. Legendary “Nashville Cat” studio musician Charlie McCoy (Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde) on vibraphone & harmonica and a lush string quartet provide the finishing instrumental touches.

Fetzer and Cullum say the vision for ism was to curate a listening experience similar to that of a film soundtrack. To bring this vision to realization, they wrote 3 songs with vocal melodies to compliment the instrumental compositions. Fellow Nashvillians Tristen, Ruby Amanfu, Andrew Combs & Jessie Baylin, who appear as featured vocalists on the album, were then brought in as collaborators. Tristen finished the lyrics that Cullum had started for “Shake Your Heel”, a song about overcoming modern anxieties. Amanfu provided the words for “Roulette”, a tune inspired by John Barry’s legendary James Bond scores and Fela Kuti recordings. Combs, a longtime friend and writing partner of Steelism, penned the lyrics for “Lonely Game”, which ultimately evolved into a duet with Baylin in the style of Lee Hazelwood’s LHI recordings.

Steelism“Lonely Game” (feat. Andrew Combs & Jessie Baylin),

This is a understated mostly instrumental project. I’m all about establishing the right tones and “moods” in songs, and from the moment you hit play on this project, “Ism” is a vibrant, exciting, inviting collection of music that’s essentially cinematic in its approach. Fine work gentlemen. Keep on experimenting – the music industry needs more creativity such as this right now.  From Steelism’s new album, ism, available now via Intoxicating Sounds, distributed by Thirty Tigers.

For any young artist, an important leap happens when influences are absorbed and the act of mining the past transforms into something personal. That’s what happens on All These Dreams, the second album from the singer-songwriter Andrew Combs, Combs is an impeccable craftsman indebted to not only the troubadour lineageof his native Texas, but to that magical moment at the turn of the 1960s into the 1970s when country, soul, rock and pop balladry all mingled on sophisticated albums by artists as varied as Kris Kristofferson or James Taylor “All These Dreams” flows the way albums did then, with Andrew Combs’s vulnerable voice lifted up within lush arrangements in songs that balance pensiveness with yearning.

“Nothing To Lose,” based around Spencer Cullum, Jr.’s steel-guitar pirouettes, is one of the album’s signature songs. For its video, director Tim Duggan mirrors what Combs and his tight group of collaborators (including Cullum’s duo Steelism and the producers Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson) accomplish musically, creating a vintage feel that also registers up close. In elegant monotone, rumpled suit jacket and loosened bolo tie, Combs sings into a vintage microphone. He needs a shave. “Pride got the best of me; she took the rest of me,” he murmurs as the music swirls around him. The camera pans to reveal Combs’s band; at one point, backup singers Erin Rae Mckaskle and Juliana Daily appear superimposed at the front of the frame, a couple of Mod angels. The video keeps Combs’ music at the center while opening up a flood of associations. It’s a classic performance perfect for right now.